Multidisciplinary K12 Urologic Research Career Development Program

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


Annual KURe Multidisciplinary Benign Urology Research Symposium

April 29 and 30, 2021

Interested in becoming a KURe Scholar?

The KURe is open to all types of disciplines, clinicians, and non-clinicians. We strongly encourage applications from members of groups underrepresented in the biomedical sciences.

Multiyear Diversity Supplement - Letter of Intent and Call for Applications

Deadline: March 31, 2021
Applications are invited from groups underrepresented in biomedical research (racial/ethnic underrepresentation, individuals with disabilities, individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds - see NOT-OD-20-031).

Diversity Supplement Flyer

Letter of Intent - Required

Contact us early! Submit your LOI to begin the process of discussion of career goals, proposed projects, mentor selection, and eligibility with the Program Director or Program Coordinator.

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Submit your application.

Program Description

The KURe seeks to recruit 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 friederike.jayes@duke.edu or cindy.amundsen@duke.edu.

The KURe 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 3. Maximum support is for 5 years.

Scholars should have no more than five years of postdoctoral research experience and not more than 10 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.

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

Who we are:

Current KURe Scholars
KURe Advisory Board
KURe Mentors
KURe Alumni Scholars

PI and Program Director of the KURe Award:

Cindy Amundsen, M.D.

Program Coordinator:

Friederike L. Jayes, DVM, PhD 


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