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Early Career Investigators Workshop

The American Urological Association (AUA) Office of Research is now accepting nominations for early-career investigators seeking success in research funding to attend the 2015 AUA Early-Career Investigators Workshop (ECIW). The workshop will be held September 24 – 26, 2015 at the AUA Headquarters in Linthicum, Maryland. A maximum of 20 nominees will be selected to participate in the workshop, which includes activities prior to and following the meeting, to maximize potential for funding success. Nominations must be received no later than Friday, March 6, 2015.

2015 Early Career Investigators Workshop Call for Nominations and Agenda [pdf]
2015 Early Career Investigators Workshop Attendee Agreement Form [pdf]
2015 Early Career Investigators Workshop Nominee Information Form [doc]


Nurturing the success of early-career investigators in urologic research is a major goal of the AUA Office of Research. The AUA Research Council has encouraged a program that recruits promising junior investigators in urologic research, MD and PhD, to participate in a workshop and related activities that provide individualized mentoring, education on scientific review, identification of sources of independent funding, and grant writing guidance. The goal of the workshop is to motivate and support surgeon-scientists and researchers in the early stages of their careers by providing an outstanding career development program involving leading, well-funded investigators in urologic research. This 2.5-day workshop and its activities are geared for individuals planning to submit competitive research proposals to the National Institutes of Health.


The workshop agenda is designed to foster career success and provide participants with a solid foundation for successful grant writing. The workshop and activities include interaction with senior scientific advisors in small group and individual sessions. The program consists of four segments (full agenda provided in Appendix 1):


Two types of participants are anticipated for the workshop:

A dual-track training program has been incorporated into the workshop to provide the best possible training experience.

All nominees must meet the following eligibility criteria at the application submission deadline:

Nominees that self-identify as Group A must also:


A $400 registration fee is required for participation in the workshop and its activities. The AUA will provide for travel to/from the workshop within AUA guidelines, lodging, and meals provided on location during the workshop. Incidental costs and meals outside of those provided during the workshop will be the responsibility of the workshop participant.

Nomination Process

All nominations must be submitted by the urology department of any institution within the boundaries of the eight sections of the AUA. Each department may nominate a maximum of two individuals. Nominations must be provided to the Office of Research via email ( no later than Friday, March 6, 2015.

All questions should be directed to Rodney Cotten at

NIH Grant Support Acknowledgement

"Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by grant 1 R13 DK104628-01 from NIDDK. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government."


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