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Funding Opportunities

The AUA is committed to supporting urologic research through funding, advocacy and scholarly exchange. Through our Research Scholars Program and other internal and external funding awards, the AUA and Urology Care Foundation have been providing support to young urology researchers for 40 years!

Award Programs for Researchers

Research Scholars Program

One- and two-year awards are available in 2016 for eligible MD and PhD researchers interested in pursuing careers in urologic research. Recipients receive $40,000 annually and the sponsoring institution provides matching funds.

Learn more about this program.

Rising Stars in Urology Research Awards

Awards are available for 2015! Applicants are Board-certified or -eligible urologists who have successfully competed for a new externally-funded, peer-reviewed career development award (e.g., K07/K08/K23 awards from the National Institute of Health (NIH), or career development-type grants from the Department of Defense, American Cancer Society or others). This Program provides up to five years of supplemental salary support to career development Awardees to ensure their research salary compensation is competitive with other academic urology faculty. Currently, the salary supplementation starts at $28,000 and increases each award year based on the following schedule: Year 2: $33,000; Year 3: $40,000; Year 4: $46,000; and Year 5: $52,000.

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Award Program for Residents

Russell Scott, Jr., MD Urology Residency Research Award Program

The Russell Scott, Jr., MD, Urology Residency Research Award is designed to fund a urology resident for a period of one year while the resident fulfills their obligation for research training. Recipients receive a $40,000 stipend that must also be matched by the participating institution. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited urology resident program and willing to spend at least 80 percent of their total time on the research project.

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Fellowships for Medical Students

Arkansas Urologic Society Summer Medical Student Fellowship Program

The Urology Care Foundation and the Arkansas Urologic Society is proud to provide the Arkansas Urologic Society Summer Medical Student Fellowship Program, designed to encourage medical students to join the field of urology through a summer fellowship program. This program is made possible through the support of the Arkansas Urologic Society Research Fund.

Learn more about this program.

Herbert Brendler, MD, Summer Medical Student Fellowship Program

The Urology Care Foundation is proud to provide the Herbert Brendler, MD, Summer Medical Student Fellowship Program, designed to encourage medical students to join the field of urology through a summer fellowship program. This program is made possible through the support of the Herbert Brendler, MD, Research Fund and the Brendler Family. Each awardee receives a $3,000 stipend to cover the two month mentored research project, and the sponsoring institution ensures that the awardee receives adequate research support.

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AUA Data Grants

Beginning in 2014, the AUA completed the newly established Data Grant. The AUA Data Grant promotes novel and methodologically rigorous analyses that inform policymakers, payers, the urology community, other healthcare providers and the public about key issues in urological care delivery.

The AUA is particularly interested in supporting population-based, data-driven, specialty generalizable studies using electronic health records, data maintained by the AUA (including population-based survey data, CMS administrative and claims data, the ABU certification file, and the AUA membership database) or other data sources already available to investigators.

Learn more about AUA Data Grants.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

Lymphatics in Health and Disease in the Digestive System, Kidney, and Urinary Tract (R01)
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About the Program

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases is soliciting applications for research into aspects of lymphatic vessel physiology, development and pathophysiology related to health and diseases of the digestive system, kidney, and urinary tract organs. Studies to understand the factors that control local lymphatic vessel functional anatomy and physiology and development during health or disease in these organs/systems, and the mechanisms by which alterations of lymphatic vessel function affect organ function, are of interest. Studies with the major focus on immune mechanisms are not encouraged.

Application Deadline

Standard dates apply by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

Contact Information

Please contact Dr. Jill Carrington with any questions.


NIDDK Advancing Mechanistic Probiotic/Prebiotic and Human Microbiome Research (R01)
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About the Program

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is twofold: (1) to stimulate basic and mechanistic science that facilitates the development of effective probiotics or pre-/probiotic combinations of relevance to human health and disease; and (2) determine biological outcomes for the evaluation of efficacy of pre/probiotics in appropriate test systems and animal models. This FOA encourages basic and mechanistic studies using in vitro, in vivo, ex vivo, and in silico models that focus on prebiotic/probiotic strain selectivity, interaction, and function. It will also encourage inter and multidisciplinary collaborations among scientists in a wide range of disciplines including nutritional science, immunology, microbiomics, genomics, other '-omic' sciences, biotechnology, and bioinformatics.

Application Deadline

Standard dates apply by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

Contact Information

Please contact Dr. Peter J. Perrin with any questions.


NIDDK Offers New Microbiome Research Funding Opportunity
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About the Program

The NIDDK has released a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), "A Community Research Resource of Microbiome-Derived Factors Modulating Host Physiology in Obesity, Digestive and Liver Diseases, and Nutrition" (R24). The purpose of this FOA is to invite applications from multidisciplinary research teams to create a community research resource of key members of the microbiota, and factors they elaborate which modulate host physiology and pathophysiology related to obesity, nutrition, liver, exocrine pancreatic, or digestive diseases, and to disseminate it broadly to the research community in order to advance the development of microbiome-based interventions for prevention and treatment of these diseases. The resource will include annotated genome sequences and cultures of the key microbes, chemical structures of the key compounds they elaborate, datasets used to identify key microbes and compounds, and software for novel analytic methods developed to enable their identification.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is October 15, 2015 and October 19, 2016.

Contact Information

Please contact Dr. Robert W. Karp with any questions.


NIDDK Adherence Studies in Adolescents with Chronic Kidney or Urological Diseases
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About the Program

Adolescence is a particularly challenging time for adherence given the competing demands in an adolescent's life, the unique developmental changes, and rapidly changing set of responsibilities as they transition to adulthood. The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to support research to improve adherence in adolescents with chronic kidney or urologic diseases. Applications are invited from new or established investigators to pursue research to better understand factors that influence adherence, develop appropriate measures of adherence, and test innovative strategies to enhance adherence in this vulnerable population.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is November 2, 2015.

Contact Information

Please contact Dr. Marva Moxey-Mims with any questions.


Mouse Metabolic Phenotyping Centers Consortium (U2C)
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About the Program

This Funding Opportunity Announcement invites applications for Mouse Metabolic Phenotyping Centers (MMPC). Member Centers of the MMPC consortium provide fee-for-service in-depth phenotyping tests for mouse models of diabetes, obesity, and related metabolic diseases or conditions. Services are provided with equal priority to investigators inside and outside the home institution, at similar cost. Mice and/or murine tissues can be shipped to MMPC facilities where standardized procedures are used to characterize metabolism, body composition, feeding behavior, physical activity, tissue pathology, brain and other organ function, microbiome, and other physiologic, anatomic or pathologic indices. MMPCs may also provide special mouse models for study at the Center or for distribution, such as mice that have undergone bariatric surgery or are valuable for studying the effects of microbiota on host metabolism.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is November 3, 2015.

Contact Information

Please contact Dr. Kristin Abraham with any questions.


NIDDK Genitourinary Development Molecular Anatomy Project (GUDMAP)
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About the Program

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) has made three funding opportunities available for the Genitourinary Development Molecular Anatomy Project (GUDMAP) consortium. The GUDMAP consortium has established a molecular anatomy atlas of the developing murine kidney and the lower urinary tract. The fundamental information provided by GUDMAP serves as a baseline for planning new strategies for repair or replacement of damaged organs, for understanding organogenesis and the etiology of congenital malformations, and for generating insights into pathologic processes underlying developmental defects and disease.

Atlas Projects (U01) – The purpose of the Atlas Projects is to generate data for the GUDMAP database. The interrogation of human tissue is limited to normal developing tissues of the kidney or lower urinary tract. Murine studies may include the molecular anatomy of the innervation and vasculature of the kidney, as well as lower urinary tract organs. Furthermore, murine studies may include the interrogation of well-chosen sets of murine developmental diseases or defects of the kidney and lower urinary tract.

Database/Website Project (U24) – The GUDMAP website is an online resource which allows access to the anatomical and gene expression data generated from GUDMAP Atlas Projects. The goals of the GUDMAP website are to make the GUDMAP database available to the research community through improving the user experience and refining strategies to navigate the increasing number of data types housed within the GUDMAP database.

Human Tissue Core (U24) – The Human Tissue Core will identify and manage tissue source site(s), ensure tissue quality, and distribute human kidney and lower urinary tract samples to the Atlas Project sites.

Application Deadline

The application deadline for these awards is November 9, 2015.

Contact Information

Please contact Dr. Deborah K. Hoshizaki with any questions.


Interdisciplinary Training in Bioinformatics and Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolic Disease (T32)
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About the Program

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to promote the development of an interdisciplinary workforce for conducting bioinformatics research in diabetes, obesity and related metabolic diseases that are relevant to the research mission of NIDDK. This FOA will support institutional training programs for predoctoral and postdoctoral level researchers with backgrounds in bioinformatics, mathematics and/or computational sciences with mentors from both computational and biological backgrounds. Letters of Intent are due on October 17, 2015.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is November 17, 2015.

Contact Information

Please contact Dr. Arthur L. Castle with any questions.


NIDDK Translational Research to Improve Outcomes in Kidney Diseases (R18)
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About the Program

This Funding Opportunity Announcement encourages NIH Research Demonstration and Dissemination Project grant (R18) applications from institutions and organizations to test practical, sustainable, acceptable, and cost efficient adaptations of efficacious strategies or approaches to prevent and treat kidney disease. Research must target the prevention or improved care of kidney disease, or the prevention or delay of the complications of kidney disease. The approaches tested should have the potential to be widely disseminated to clinical practice, individuals and communities at risk. Applications should be designed to assess the feasibility of testing interventions which address barriers to implementation of evidence-based care for kidney disease in populations and communities at highest risk. Interventions must be designed within the context of the Chronic Care Model: patient self-management support, delivery system design, decision support, and health information technology (HIT). An interdisciplinary approach is strongly encouraged.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is November 18, 2015.

Contact Information

Please contact Dr. Andrew Narva with any questions.


NIDDK Centers for Diabetes Translation Research (P30)
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About the Program

This Funding Opportunity Announcement invites applications for Centers for Diabetes Translation Research (CDTR). The mission of the CDTRs will be to serve as a key component of the NIDDK-supported research program to translate efficacious research findings into practice and the community to improve the health of Americans with, or at risk for, diabetes. CDTRs will enhance scientific progress and improve the uptake of research through support of rigorous translation research aimed at prevention and improved treatment of diabetes and related conditions. An emphasis on type II translational research to reduce or eliminate the health disparities in diabetes is encouraged. To meet these goals, CDTRs will provide core services and consultation locally, regionally, and nationally in areas relevant to the NIDDK translation research agenda. Activities supported by CDTRs should enhance the efficiency, productivity, effectiveness and multidisciplinary nature of diabetes translation research.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is November 23, 2015.

Contact Information

Please contact Dr. Christine Hunter with any questions.


Career Development Programs in Diabetes Research for Pediatric Endocrinologists (K12)
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About the Program

To foster the development of a diverse and highly trained workforce of pediatric endocrinologists to assume leadership roles related to the Nations biomedical and behavioral research efforts in the area of pediatric diabetes, this Funding Opportunity Announcement invites applications for institutional career development programs in diabetes research for pediatric endocrinologists. The NIDDK will award physician scientist career development program (K12) grants to eligible institutions to provide a program to prepare pediatricians, selected by the institution, for careers in pediatric endocrinology research related to diabetes.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is December 2, 2015.

Contact Information

Please contact Dr. James F. Hyde with any questions.


Mechanisms Underlying the Contribution of Type 1 Diabetes Risk-Associated Variants
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About the Program

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages grant applications from institutions and organizations for projects to characterize the genetic variations in human genomic regions that have been putatively associated with type 1 diabetes (T1D). The purpose is to accelerate the discovery of causal genes and variants that influence the risk for disease; and conduct follow-up studies of particular genetic variants to gain novel insights into the functions of these variants and the mechanisms by which they may contribute to disease. For this FOA, the term causal variant is defined as the functional genetic variant that influences the risk for disease and explains the observed association.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is February 17, 2016.

Contact Information

Please contact Beena Akolkar with any questions.


Additional Funding Opportunities

NIHMD Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (R01)
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About the Program

National Institutes of Health has recognized that closing the gap between research discovery and clinical and community practice is both a complex challenge and an absolute necessity if we are to ensure that all populations benefit from the Nation’s investments in scientific discoveries. The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIHMD) invites research grant applications for research that will identify, develop, and refine effective and efficient methods, systems, infrastructures, and strategies to disseminate and implement evidence-based health behavior change interventions, prevention, early detection, diagnostics, treatment, symptom management, and quality of life improvement interventions, clinical guidelines, policies, and data monitoring and surveillance reporting tools into public health and clinical practice settings.

Application Deadline

Standard dates apply by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

Contact Information

Please contact Dr. Jennifer Alvidrez with any questions.


NIGMS Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award for New and Early Stage Investigators (MIRA)
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About the Program

Supporting fundamental research by funding individual projects has a number of consequences for the efficiency and effectiveness of the biomedical research enterprise in the U.S. To address these issues and increase the efficiency and efficacy of its funding mechanisms, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) is launching a pilot program that will award a single grant to support all NIGMS-related research in an investigator's laboratory. Within the scope of the MIRA grant, investigators will have the freedom to explore new avenues of inquiry that arise during the course of their research. Research that involves a major change in scientific focus or that migrates away from the mission of NIGMS and/or into an area of major interest of one of the other NIH Institutes or Centers would warrant a discussion with NIGMS program staff.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is September 9, 2015. The application deadline for AIDS-related research is November 19, 2015.

Contact Information

Please contact Dr. Peter C. Preusch with any questions.


Travel Awards

Travel awards may be available on a competitive basis to Young Investigators and Trainees interested in attending AUA Office of Research events. Individuals will be reimbursed for expenses related to travel and lodging costs associated with attendance in accordance with the Urology Care Foundation guidelines.

* Young investigators are defined as an MD or PhD, or having an equivalent doctoral-level degree, who are actively engaged in research and within 10 years of completion of a residency or fellowship, or from completing requirements for a PhD at the date of application.

Please check back for information related to currently available travel awards.

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