Multidisciplinary K12 Urologic Research Career Development Program
Funding opportunity for Duke junior faculty, fellows and postdocs with doctoral degrees
About the KURe Program
The KURe recruits talented clinical, translational and basic science researchers (MDs, DOs, PhDs and MD/PhDs) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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, Eligibility, and Letter of Intent
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. Applicants can be associated with any department and should be pursuing a research career related to benign urology.
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
- Expertise in clinical sciences such as urology, infectious disease, gastroenterology, gynecology, endocrinology, anesthesiology, neurology, gerontology and radiology
- Epidemiology or biostatistics
- Physical sciences expertise in fields such as physics, bioengineering, chemical and mechanical engineering
Letter of Intent
A Letter of Intent is required and may be sent when there is no open call for applications. Submit the LOI to begin the process of discussion of career goals, proposed projects, mentor selection, and eligibility with the Program Director or Program Coordinator. We will contact you to let you know if you are eligible to apply. The letter of intent should be emailed to the KURe Program Director: Cindy Amundsen, M.D. at firstname.lastname@example.org and KURe Program Coordinator: Friederike Jayes at email@example.com.
The letter of intent must include the following information:
1. Applicant’s full name
2. Degree(s) and date(s) awarded (If MD with residency, then also include when you finished residency/fellowship)
3. Department, Division, School
4. Academic rank and position
5. NIH Biosketch6. Project Title
7. Brief description of the planned project (no more than one page)
8. Brief description of professional development goals (no more than one page)
9. Proposed mentor(s), at least one of whom is from the list of approved mentors
Who We Are
Program Contacts, Leadership, and Staff
Please forward any questions to Dr. Jayes, KURe Program Coordinator.