The American Urological Association (AUA) is committed to supporting urologic research through funding, advocacy and scholarly exchange. Through our Research Scholars Program and other funding awards, the AUA and Urology Care Foundation have been providing support to young urology researchers for more than 35 years.
These awards are important to innovative urologic research because they provide an opportunity for young scientists to begin a strong career in urologic research excellence at a time when many urology departments across the country are faced with budget challenges that limit quality research opportunities. Many of our scholars remain active in academic urology today, continuing to build upon the foundation of experience and knowledge gained during their research fellowships.
Research Scholar Awards
Since 1975, the American Urological Association (AUA) has funded research opportunities for and provided support to young men and women who are interested in pursuing careers in urologic research. The Research Scholars Program, initially administered by the American Foundation for Urologic Disease, Inc. (AFUD) from 1987 until 2005, has given assistance to more than 525 early career researchers. Now part of the Urology Care Foundation, the Research Scholars Program continues to thrive, promoting urologic advances through the many program participants who have remained active in academic urology today. These innovative researchers continue to build upon the base of experience and knowledge gained during their research fellowships and contribute to building the field of knowledge in urology research that will lead to new treatments and cures.
Research Scholars Program – One- and two-year awards are available 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.
Rising Stars in Urology Research Awards - 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 that 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.
Resident Research Awards - 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. Beginning in 2013, the AUA Board of Directors has approved additional funds to support resident research awards. There will be additional awards in 2013.
Summer Medical Student Fellowships - The two current programs include the Herbert Brendler, MD, Summer Medical Student Fellowship Program and the Arkansas Urologic Society Summer Medical Student Fellowship Program. A salary stipend of $3,000 is paid directly to the Awardee within each program. The fellowship lasts two months (~60 days) during the summer of the award year. Applicants must be either a current medical student or entering medical school immediately following the fellowship period. For the Arkansas program, Applicants must be either a current medical student at the University of Arkansas College of Medicine or entering medical school there immediately following the fellowship period.
We are pleased to announce that the Urology Care Foundation is offering the Urology Care Foundation/Ferring Pharmaceuticals Urology Research Success Award in Prostate Cancer Research, which will provide up to $10,000 in “bridge” funding to assist a urology researcher in continuing vital urology research efforts while awaiting new funding. The Applicant must have competed for peer-reviewed external funding for the project during the period of October 1, 2011, to December 31, 2012. The application must have been either: 1) approved for funding and the investigator is awaiting receipt of those funds, or 2) reviewed and scored, but not funded. In the case where the application was not funded, the awardee is required to reapply for external funding. The application deadline is July 8, 2013.