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 40 years in 2015!
There are currently four grant programs accepting applications:
The Urology Care Foundation, the Herbert Brendler, MD, Summer Medical Student Fellowship Program, and the Arkansas Urologic Society Summer Medical Student Fellowship Program will provide a $3,000 stipend to medical students while they conduct urology research for two months during the summer. Up to 13 stipends may be awarded in 2015.
This Residency Research Award program offers $40,000 to support salary and/or requisite supplies and equipment for a period of one year while a urology resident fulfills his or her obligation for research training. Up to three awards may be awarded in 2015.
To encourage early career investigators to pursue academic careers in urology to begin a career in urological research at a time when many urology departments across the country are faced with budget challenges that limit research capabilities, Pfizer and the Urology Care Foundation have partnered to offer the Urology Care Foundation/Pfizer Mentored Research Training Awards. These four awards, both US-based in scope, will provide up to $40,000 per year for one year of research training under the mentorship of a senior scientist with a well-established research program. The scope of the research project must be within one of these three major domains:
Neurogenic Detrusor Overactivity
Approaches to facilitate diagnosis and treatment of OAB and LUTS
Exploration of new issues in OAB science (OAB progression, biomarkers, etc.)
Evaluation of patient compliance/adherence
Exploration of effect of OAB treatment on medical comorbidities (i.e. quality of life, sexual dysfunction, depression)
Evaluate ability of patient education to increase understanding of the basics of bladder behaviors, bladder conditions and treatment options for urinary incontinence and OAB, as well as willingness to seek treatment
Evaluate the effectiveness of self-management education to change sufferer behaviors and improve symptoms.
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.