The KURe Career Development Program

Multidisciplinary K12 Urologic Research Career Development Program

Funding opportunity for Duke junior faculty, fellows, and postdocs with doctoral degrees

Annual Research Symposium

Amundsen and Ritts KURe 2024

A resounding success! This year’s theme “Urologic Effects of Aging” attracted 90+ faculty, trainees, and other researchers from 29 institutions representing 19 fields, including infectious disease, mechanical engineering, microbiology and molecular cell biology, population health sciences, and reconstructive surgery.

The day-long conference included Panel Discussions * Trainee Platform Presentations * Poster Sessions * Lunch with Experts * Trainee Abstract Awards * Trainee Travel Awards.

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Invited speakers hailed from University of California, San Francisco and the San Francisco VA, Emory University, The University of Texas at Dallas, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Columbia University, and Stanford University.


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About the KURe Program

KURe scholars having fun 2023

The KURe recruits talented clinical, translational and basic science researchers (MD, DO, PhD,  MD/PhD) from diverse disciplines who are interested in building an independent research career using collaborative, multidisciplinary approaches to benign urological research questions. Junior faculty, fellows and postdocs from any department and interested in research applicable to benign urology may apply to the KURe program. For additional information, contact or

The KURe Program is a part of CAIRIBU, funded through NIDDK. CAIRIBU’s K12, P20, and U54 centers and programs are united around the overall objectives of improving understanding of the mechanisms of urogenital diseases and developing clinical therapies for treating them. Duke's KURe Program is a K12 Institutional Career Development Grant that provides scholars with career development training and support to develop the skills necessary to become outstanding independent investigators able to lead multidisciplinary research teams. Scholars receive salary support up to $100,000 per year for 75% of full professional effort (50% -75% if a surgical specialty). Research and Career Development Support up to $40,000 per year will be provided for research supplies, equipment and technical personnel; tuition and fees related to didactic courses or career development; and travel to research meetings. Scholars are expected to publish and apply for independent grant funding by year three. Maximum support is for five years.

Applications and Eligibility

Interested in applying? Contact Principal Investigator and Program Director Cindy Amundsen, MD or Program Coordinator Friederike Jayes, DVM, PhD

Scholars should have no more than five years of postdoctoral research experience and not more than ten years should have elapsed since receiving the terminal doctoral degree. Mid-career and senior faculty are not eligible. Scholars must be a US citizen or have a valid green card. Applicants from underrepresented racial or ethnic groups, or from a disadvantaged background as defined by NIH’s NOT-OD-20-031, are encouraged to apply.

Research areas supported by this initiative must be related to the mission of the NIDDK. Areas of interest may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Basic research such as cell and molecular biology, genomics and proteomics, biochemistry, physiology, developmental biology, tissue engineering, immunology, pathology, neurobiology and microbiology
  • Clinical sciences such as urology, infectious disease, gastroenterology, gynecology, endocrinology, anesthesiology, neurology, gerontology and radiology
  • Epidemiology or biostatistics
  • Physical sciences such as physics, bioengineering, chemical and mechanical engineering

Program Contacts, Leadership, and Staff

Drs. Jayes, Amundsen and Kameny
Drs. Jayes, Amundsen and Kameny


Principal Investigator and Program Director
Cindy Amundsen, MD
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Program Coordinator
Friederike Jayes, DVM, PhD
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Career Development Program Specialist
Rebecca Kameny, PhD
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