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Preparation of the Research Proposal

Application Agreement Form
Please download and complete the Application Agreement Form. The form must be completed in its entirety, including all necessary signatures, and is part of the application package.

Mentors may assist with preparation of the application; however, Applicants should prepare and submit their own application package. All mentors are required to state their involvement in the application process on the Application Agreement Form.

Letters of Support

Applications must contain one Letter of Support from each Mentor and two Letters of Support from other professionals.

The Letter of Support from the Mentor/s should describe the Applicant’s training program and his or her commitment to providing training, career development and Mentorship in urology research and  should address the following:

Two Letters of Support from individuals other than the Mentor are also required (does not count toward the application page limit).

Research Proposal Writing Guidelines

Applicants Please Note: 10 pages (approximately 5,000 words) is the limit for all four sections combined. The page limits noted with each section are a suggested distribution.

Section 1: Specific Aims (1-2 pages*)
Introduce the problem being addressed, define the major hypothesis being tested and then list the specific aims proposed to test the hypothesis. Include in this section the major problem intended to be addressed and provide the major reasons why this is an important problem to study. List, in summary form, the experiments proposed and explain how they address the aims of the proposal.

Section 2: Background (2 pages*)
Describe the background of the problem being addressed, citing the appropriate literature. Introduce the subject area of the research, including sufficient background material to place the project in scientific perspective. This will allow the reviewers to appreciate the significance of the scientific problem you aim to address.

Section 3: Supporting Data (2-3 pages*)
Provide any preliminary data pertinent to the proposed experiments. Depending upon your position when applying, present either research data that you have generated or data that has been generated by the laboratory of the sponsor and is related to your proposal. Unpublished data or published data (with references) may be included; however, these figures and tables are subject to the 2-3 page limitations.

Notation Regarding Figures and/or Tables: It is recommended no more than three figures be used. The data in this section should support the major hypothesis of the proposed work.

Section 4: Experimental Plan (2-4 pages*)
Each experiment should be described in enough detail so reviewers can determine how the methods will address the hypothesis and how feasible the experiments are. For each experiment, outline the rationale for doing the experiment, possible anticipated results and the mechanisms that will be used for data analysis and statistical interpretation, including data, as appropriate. If possible, briefly describe alternative experimental approaches should the initial experimental approach prove unsuccessful.

Please note, proposals are evaluated by an independent review panel according to a peer review process similar to that used by the National Institutes of Health.  Because the Urology Care Foundation is a private organization and is not federally funded, priority scores will be given to each application based on the following application preparation guidelines.

The Research Proposal must include the following:

Applicant Checklist

  1. Complete all online sections.
    1. Applicant information
    2. Project information
    3. Download the Application Agreement Form (for inclusion with supporting application materials)

      Please note that other than choosing a one-year or two-year award, an Applicant cannot designate the award for which they are applying (Segura, Dornier, AUA Section Award, etc.).
  2. Complete Application Agreement Form (does not count toward the application page limit).
  3. One Letter of Support from each Mentor/s.
  4. Two Letters of Support from individuals other than your Mentor (does not count toward the application page limit).
  5. Research career goals of the Applicant.
  6. The Research Proposal
    1. Section 1: Specific Aims
    2. Section 2:  Background
    3. Section 3: Supporting Data
    4. Section 4: Experimental Plan
  7. Applicant's curriculum vitae or biosketch (follow NIH guidelines at; not to exceed four pages).
  8. Notification of applications filed to other funding sources.

Checklist for Each Mentor(s)

  1. Institutional plans
    This section should describe the institution's facilities, funding and technical assistance, specific duties of the Applicant, time committed to research, clinical activities, teaching duties, relationship to Mentor(s), ongoing research program and immediate supervisor (if other than Mentor).
  2. Concise Statement of Reasons why the Applicant and Mentor should be selected.
    This section should include an indication of the Applicant's potential for an independent career in urologic research, and an estimated timeline for career development.
  3. Outline of clinical/research time (MD researchers only).
  4.  Letter/s of Support for Applicant.
  5.  Mentor biosketches (follow NIH guidelines at; not to exceed four pages).
  6. List of Mentors' previous fellows and their current positions (if there are none, please indicate such).

Application Format Instructions

Scan all materials in the above order into a single .pdf file. Submit the entire application package electronically.

Applicants should allow ample time for compiling and submitting materials, including the electronic upload process. Late submissions will not be considered.

Please be aware that any grant over 26 pages in length will not be reviewed and any grant using less than a 12-point font will not be reviewed. The 26-page limit includes all portions of the application with the exception of the Application Agreement Form, letters of support from individuals other than mentor(s), and the references.

Lay-Language Statement and Photo

In addition to the application, all Applicants are required to submit a short paragraph (5 - 6 sentences) lay-language statement about their research project and headshot. By submitting the statement and headshot, you grant permission for the information and photo to be posted under the current Urology Care Foundation-supported research website and in press releases and other promotional materials for the program. The statement and photo is not part of the application package and should be submitted separately.

Statement and Headshot Guidelines

This information will only be used for promotion purposes described above. The statement and photo will not be shared with reviewers and will not impact the review process or decisions of the reviewers.


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