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Research Funding

The Urology Care Foundation offers a portfolio of mentored research training awards intended to recruit outstanding young investigators into urology research and foster their career success. The recruitment pipeline follows the continuum of the research career-from medical students to residents to post-doctoral fellows and scientists to surgeon-scientists.

LEAD Research Program

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Supported by the Urology Care Foundation and Urovant Sciences, the Leadership in Education, Achievement and Diversity (LEAD) Program aims to support three urology residents, per year, from racial and ethnic backgrounds underrepresented in urologic research. These residents will conduct mentored research, engage in AUA research education opportunities and be championed through networking events as they develop successful research careers and better serve the urology patient community. Learn more at:


Summer Medical Student Fellowships

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This fellowship program is designed to attract outstanding medical students to urologic research by engaging them in summer research fellowships alongside world-class urologic scientists. Awardees receive $4,000 stipends to support them during a ten-week mentored research experience.


Residency Research Awards

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Residency Research Awards provide motivated and exceptional urology residents with mentored training to prepare them for careers that include urologic research. These awards provide up to $10,000 to conduct three to 12 months of research under the direction of an accomplished mentor. Sponsoring institutions provide matching funds and ensure that the awardee receives adequate research support.


Physician Scientist Residency Training Awards

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This award supports an intensive, three-year research training program imbedded with urology residency to enable physician scientists to successfully compete for independent research funding later in their careers. Residency programs compete to become a program site, and eligible medical students are then invited to participate in an early, special residency match program for the approved site. The resident trainee receives $75,000 per year during the three-year research period along with exceptional mentorship and strong research skills.


Research Scholar Awards

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Research Scholar Awards, our premier funding opportunity in urologic research, provides $40,000 per year for one- and two-year mentored training for clinical and postdoctoral fellows who are no more than five years beyond completing a doctorate or residency, or early career investigators who are in the first five years after beginning a faculty position. Sponsoring institutions provide additional funds and ensure that the scholar receives adequate research support.


Rising Stars in Urology Research Awards

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Rising Stars Awards provide a total of up to $200,000 for up to five years of supplemental salary support to urologists who have successfully competed for career development awards from NIH or other major funding organizations. The award is intended to ensure that the salary compensation for these motivated individuals who have committed to careers in urologic research remain competitive with that of their clinical urology peers.

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Research Education

The Urology Care Foundation helps support nearly a dozen educational conferences and workshops held by the American Urological Association every year to ensure that researchers have access to the necessary knowledge and training to improve patients' lives. These events are held at AUA Headquarters in Linthicum, Maryland and at the AUA Annual Meeting. Learn more about AUA Research Events and Conferences.

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