At times during the American Urological Association (AUA) Annual Meeting, an educational course is offered to assist researchers in improving their grant writing skills. The course offers information on where to find grant opportunities, preparing an effective grant application, and the peer review process. Program Officers from federal agencies are usually in attendance to provide information on current funding mechanisms.
The 2014 Research Forum will be divided into two sessions; Session 1 is a Grantwriting Workshop and Session 2 is the “Early Career Investigators Showcase.” The Grantwriting Workshop will provide attendees with the ABC’s of successful grant writing and an introduction to federal urology research grant mechanisms.
The Early Career Investigators Showcase is the only venue at the AUA Annual Meeting dedicated to highlighting the work of investigators within ten years of completing residency or doctorate. The presenters are selected from nominations made by AUA sections, affiliated societies, and members of the Research Council. All nominees are invited to display posters and the top nine ranked submissions will present their work during the Forum program. The program contains a competitive component as each presenter is only allowed eight minutes for his or her presentation. A panel of judges scores each presentation and awards are presented to the top three presenters.
More information about the course is available on the Annual Meeting website. The 2014 Research Forum will be held on Sunday, May 18 from 1 to 5:30 p.m. in the Orange County Convention Center Forum W 230 A.