Multidisciplinary K12 Urologic Research Career Development Program



Interested in becoming a KURe Scholar?

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

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 due Nov 1, 2020

Applications are invited from groups underrepresented in biomedical research (racial/ethnic underrepresentation, individuals with disabilities, individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds).

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Letter of Intent - Required

The Letter of Intent can be submitted at any time and is not binding. 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.  

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


Annual KURe Multidisciplinary Benign Urology Research Day - Save the date!


The 2021 KURe Research Day will take place virutally on April 29th and 30th. The purpose of this meeting is to stimulate discussions, highlight urology research in the area, and develop a collaborative and multidisciplinary approach to answer urological research questions. Faculty, Fellows, Postdocs, Students, and Staff from all disciplines with an interest in any aspect of benign urological diseases are invited to attend.

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Who we are:

Current KURe Scholars
KURe Advisory Board
KURe Mentors
Former KURe Scholars

PI and Program Director of the KURe Award:

Cindy Amundsen, M.D.

Program Coordinator:

Friederike L. Jayes, DVM, PhD 


This page was last updated on October 7, 2020. Please report errors to FLJ or RK