2011 Pfizer/Urology Care Foundation Research Exploration Award Program
The intent of the Research Exploration Award is to advance understanding of the basic mechanisms underlying the normal function of the lower urinary tract and the pathobiology underlying bladder dysfunction.
The goal of this program is to generate innovative and potentially groundbreaking research that will stimulate progress in diagnosing and managing non-cancer diseases and conditions of the lower urinary tract. The research supported must provide insight into fundamental molecular, cellular, genetic, or developmental processes that are operative in the pathogenesis of non-cancer diseases and conditions that affect the lower urinary tract and that will leapfrog progress in their management. Successfully completed Research Exploration Awards are expected to lead to the development of a sound scientific basis to understand bladder dysfunction and to contribute to the understanding of the molecular basis of lower urinary tract biology, function or pathobiology.
Because of the diversity of processes underlying those diseases and conditions, this program will seek proposals from disciplines within and outside the field of urology including, but not limited to pathology, chemistry, engineering, physical sciences, mathematical sciences, epigenetics, and developmental biology.
Funding for these awards can be requested for a maximum of $75,000 for up to an 18-month performance period.
Independent investigators at the MD or PhD levels are eligible to submit proposals.