Funding Agency:
American Urological Association

The Rising Stars in Urology Research Award program provides up to five years of supplemental salary support to urologists who have successfully competed for career development awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or other major funding organizations. These awards ensure that the salary compensation for those committed to careers in urologic research remain competitive with that of their clinical urology peers. The program encourages recipients to contribute to urology as both surgical specialists and scientists investigating causes, prevention, treatment and cures that will improve patients' lives.

Deadline for Pre-applications: May 23, 2019

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Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to compete for a 2018 Urology Care Foundation Rising Stars in Urology Research Award, the applicant must, by July 1, 2018:

- Be a board-certified or -eligible urologist, or participating in a training program to obtain board certification in urology;

- Have successfully competed for a new externally-funded, peer-reviewed, career development award1 (i.e., K07/K08/K23 awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), or career development-type grants from the Veterans Administration (VA), Department of Defense (DoD), American Cancer Society or others); 

- Have at least two full years remaining on the period of performance for the career development award;

- Be focused on a research project that aligns with one or more of the research priorities described in the AUA’s National Urology Research Agenda (NURA), available at http://www.auanet.org/research/national-urology-research-agenda.cfm; and

- Be conducting research within the boundaries of the eight sections of the AUA. Previous applicants for Rising Stars Awards are eligible to reapply. However, previous applicants must describe in their new applications any steps they have taken to address the criticisms from the peer review of the previous application. If criticisms were not previously provided, this requirement is waived, see Section C.4.

Amount Description

In each award year, the Rising Stars in Urology Research Award funds will be paid directly to the awardee. The Urology Care Foundation does not withhold taxes from award payments (i.e., federal withholding, social security, local or state taxes). It is the responsibility of the awardee to ensure that appropriate federal and local taxes are accounted for. Awards are solely for the purpose of salary supplementation and cannot be used for fringe benefits. Though the award has a maximum duration of five years, the period of salary supplementation will be commensurate with the period of performance of the existing career development award. Funding starts at $28,000 in year 1 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. To qualify for subsequent years’ funding, each awardee will be required to meet specific milestones detailed in Section IV. Reporting of this Program Announcement. The awardee’s eligibility for maintaining the award is also contingent on the awardee maintaining an externally-funded career development award. Under no circumstances should Urology Care Foundation funds be used for institutional indirect costs or for salary support for anyone other than the Urology Care Foundation-funded awardee.

Funding Type



Medical Fellow/Resident
Post Doctoral Fellows


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

May 23, 2019