Reporting Requirements for Scholars
All Urology Care Foundation grant award recipients (Scholars) must adhere to the following reporting requirements:
Scholar Interim Progress Report
One month prior to the end of year one, each two-year scholar must submit an interim progress report and personal statement. The report must be submitted to the Urology Care Foundation electronically (by email or on a CD).
Mentor Interim Statement
Under separate cover, each Mentor is required to submit a confidential statement evaluating the Scholar's performance, progress on the funded research, and detail as to how the Scholar will allocate the research/clinical time for the remainder of the scholarship in order to maintain the required 80 percent effort. This report must be submitted to the Urology Care Foundation electronically (by email or CD) and cannot be submitted with the Scholar's report package. The second year of funding is contingent upon satisfactory year-one progress reports.
All Scholars final progress reports, including a personal statement and Mentor/s report, are due two months after the project end date. The reports must be submitted to the Urology Care Foundation electronically (by email or on a CD). The report must include the following three sections (Technical Progress Report, Personal Statement, and Mentor Report):
Summarize the main focus of the research and clearly state the findings. Specify how the research results met the objectives established in the application. This report should include, but is not limited to, answering the following questions:
How has the funding provided by the Urology Care Foundation helped the Scholar's overall professional growth (e.g. journal submissions, career opportunities, and new research focus)? Does the Scholar plan to continue within the field of urologic research? Has this grant/fellowship led to other funding opportunities? Has the Scholar had the opportunity to report the findings at professional meetings?
Under a separate cover, each Mentor is required to submit a confidential statement evaluating the Scholar's performance and potential for progress on the funded research and detailing the future career plan for the scholar.
Scholars are required to send the Urology Care Foundation copies of articles published regarding Urology Care Foundation-funded research. Any publication arising from work supported by the Urology Care Foundation Research Scholars Program should include acknowledgment of Urology Care Foundation support as well as that of the sponsor, if any. Such acknowledgement should read:
"This work was supported in part by a grant from the Urology Care Foundation Research Scholars Program and (name of sponsor)."
Each year the Institutional Grant Administrator must submit an Institutional Accountability Report to the Urology Care Foundation Office of Research. This report re-affirms that the institution is adhering to all terms of the Program Announcement and Institution Agreement Form, especially the provisions of matching funding and level of effort requirements. Continued funding is contingent upon receipt of a satisfactory report. A final Institutional Accountability Report should be included in the Final Progress Report package, which is due two months after the project end date.
Failure to adhere to all requirements of the Research Scholars Program may result in loss of the scholarship and/or repayment of any or all Urology Care Foundation funds previously paid to the institution/Scholar. Furthermore, lack of compliance could be considered in the Urology Care Foundation’s funding decisions in the future.
AUA and Urology Care Foundation Research-Related Activities
Each year, the AUA and the Urology Care Foundation coordinate several events designed to advance urology research and provide educational venues, especially for young investigators. Attendance at the Urology Care Foundation Research Honors Awards Program, AUA Research Forum/Grantwriting Workshop and Early Career Investigators Workshop is required for all investigators funded by the Urology Care Foundation. In addition, depending on relevance of the topic to the Scholar’s research, the Summer Research Conference, Basic Sciences Symposium and Urologic Oncology Symposium are also required. Unless prior approval is given, failure to attend an event will disqualify the awardee from receiving a scholarship or future payments. Travel awards or other means of travel support may be available.
Urology Care Foundation Research Honors Awards Program: All Urology Care Foundation Scholars are acknowledged at the Urology Care Foundation Scholars Awards Reception, which is held during the AUA Annual Meeting. Attending the Urology Care Foundation Scholars Awards Reception is required for all investigators funded by the Urology Care Foundation. Even though the first reception will take place prior to the award period, new Scholars are required to attend and should plan accordingly. All ending Scholars will compete for the honor of being named the Outstanding Graduate Scholar.
AUA Research Forum: Each year at the AUA Annual Meeting, the Research Forum provides a venue showcasing the research of promising early investigators. All investigators funded by the Urology Care Foundation are required to attend the Research Forum.
Grantwriting Workshop: Each year at the AUA Annual Meeting, an educational course may be offered to assist researchers in improving their grant writing skills. The course provides 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. All investigators funded by the Urology Care Foundation are required to attend the Grantwriting Workshop if it is offered. There may be a fee associated with the course.
Early Career Investigators Workshop: The goal of this workshop is to motivate and support young scientists and urologists by providing an outstanding mentoring/career development/scientific program presented by leaders in the field. The program agenda may include an overview of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and National Cancer Institute (NCI) grant mechanisms, a mock scientific peer review study section, and faculty presentations on mentorship and career development. Attendees also participate in working sessions that provided opportunities for them to get 1-on-1 instruction from faculty advisors on how to improve their grant writing skills and roundtable discussions with NIH Program Officers on federal grant funding mechanisms.
Summer Research Conference: The Summer Research Conference provides an intense and intimate forum for early investigators to meet research leaders, hear about emerging research concepts and methods, network with participants and speakers, learn about new methods and techniques, and receive mentoring and advice on research career activities. The conference is typically held each August and has a different scientific theme and scientific topic each year. If the topic is associated with the research being conducted by the Scholar, he or she would be required to attend the conference.
Basic Sciences Symposium: The Basic Sciences Symposium, held annually at the AUA Annual Meeting, is a premier research event attracting basic scientists, surgeon-scientists, and urologic investigators from various specialties. Past program topics include stems cells and nanotechnology and, more recently, inflammation and fibrosis and new perspectives in pelvic health. If the topic is associated with the research being conducted by the Scholar, he or she would be required to attend the symposium.
Urologic Oncology Symposium: Each year at the AUA Annual Meeting, the Urology Oncology Symposium is structured to create synergies and foster collaboration in genitourinary oncology by bringing together scientists and clinicians at all career levels in a stimulating and interactive setting. The information discussed and shared during this meeting is expected to catalyze the translation of laboratory research to practical application. It is also intended to serve as a forum where young investigators have the opportunity to meet and interact with leaders in a host of disciplines related to prostate, bladder and kidney cancer. If the topic is associated with the research being conducted by the Scholar, he or she would be required to attend the symposium.