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Whether you are a junior investigator submitting your first grant application or a senior scientist, the following tools contain information that will assist you in creating a stronger proposal that will lead to increased success in grant funding.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The NIH is comprised of 27 different Institutes and Centers that provide funds to organizations outside the NIH to accomplish program goals such as grants, cooperative agreements and contracts. The NIH awards research grants for terms ranging from one to five years and makes up the largest category of funding provided by the NIH.

The AUA has a listing of funding resources available at the NIH. is your source to find and apply for federal grants. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services is the managing partner for This site allows users to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all federal grant-making agencies. The Resources section also provides access to useful grants-related information and links.

Center for Disease Control

To help achieve its mission of promoting health and quality of life, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides postgraduate training and service programs for health scientists of diverse educational backgrounds and other funding through its Procurement and Grants Office (PGO).

Department of Defense

DoD PRCRP Funding: Webinar for Bladder and Kidney Cancer Researchers

Thanks to the advocacy efforts of the AUA and its partner organizations, bladder cancer was officially added to the list of eligible research topics to compete for federal funding in Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16). This funding falls under the Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP) and is one of several programs sponsored by the Department of Defense (DoD) Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP). This is a victory for urologic research and will be the first time in the CDMRP’s 23-year history that bladder cancer research will be specifically funded. The FY16 PRCRP is funded at $50 million and supports a total of 13 topic areas including other urologic diseases such as kidney cancer.

To assist urologic researchers navigate this newly expanded line of funding, the AUA hosted an informal webinar led by Dr. Donna M. Kimbark, PRCRP Program Manager. Her presentation covered the vision and mission of the PRCRP, an introduction to the Congressional language, topics and focus areas, as well as the current funding opportunities offered through the PRCRP.

View the Webinar

Contact information for post-webinar questions:

It is recommended to listen to the complete Webinar. There is a highly informative Q&A session towards the end of the presentation. Additionally, a snapshot of Dr. Kimbark’s presentation with strategies for success is available online.

Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity content or submission requirements:

CDMRP Help Desk
Mon-Fri, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern time
Phone: 301-682-5507

Submission of the pre-application through eBRAP:

CDMRP Help Desk
Mon-Fri, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern time
Phone: 301-682-5507

Application submission through portal: Contact Center
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Phone: 800-518-4726
International 1-606-545-5035

Department of Veterans Affairs

The American Urological Association (AUA) Office of Research encourages researchers to review the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) website for funding opportunities, including the Merit Award and the Research Career Development Award.

Details available at

VA Merit Award

The Merit Review Award Program is an intramural funding mechanism to support investigator-initiated research conducted by eligible VA investigators at VA medical centers or VA-approved sites. Licensed clinicians must have a VA-paid clinical appointment of at least 5/8ths time to receive funding. Non-clinicians must become eligible to receive VA funding, and, if funded, must become a VA employee. Current VA employees must still apply for eligibility. More information can be found on

Research Career Development Award

This award provides support for biomedical, clinical, rehabilitation and health services research. The goal is to attract new investigators to the VA system.

The 5/8ths VA appointment not required for this award. There are various levels to this award open to both clinicians and non-clinicians, as well as senior VA scientists, to learn new research skills. More information can be found on