Collaborating for the Advancement of Interdisciplinary Research in Benign Urology

Trainee & Early Stage Investigator Resources

Find resources for trainees and early career-stage investigators including resources related to grant writing, developing effective mentor/mentee relationships, and more.

Join the virtual CAIRIBU trainee community, ARCTICS (Advancing the Research Capacity of Trainees and Investigators at early-Career Stages)

  • Virtual CAIRIBU ARCTICS Community forums convene monthly to provide resources and skills to the next generation of benign GU investigators
  • ARCTICS 2021 programming has concluded.  A full list of previous topics can be found HERE. Stay tuned for 2022! View recordings of prior ARCTICS Community forums on the CAIRIBU YouTube channel HERE.
  • Affiliated with CAIRIBU? Email  to request access to CAIRIBU Connect to watch past ARCTICS forums.

AUA Early-Career Investigators Workshop

October 13 – October 15

The Early-Career Investigators Workshop (ECIW) is held annually to foster career development in urologic research by providing participants with a solid foundation for successful grant writing. Activities include one-on-one mentoring sessions with scientific advisors, presentations on navigating federally-funded grant programs and opportunities to directly interact with program officers, mock peer review, presentations on developing a fundable research program and career development presentations. Approximately 30 nominees are selected to participate in the workshop.The deadline for the 2022 Early-Career Investigators Workshop has been extended! Nomination packages must be emailed to no later than Monday, July 18, 2022.

Download the 2022 Call for Nominations Forms

2022 Early-Career Investigators Workshop – Call for Nominations [pdf]

2022 Early-Career Investigators Workshop – Participant Agreement Form [pdf]

View a Sample Agenda

Early-Career Investigators Workshop Sample Agenda [pdf]


New Complementary Course for AUA Members:

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Pre-Award Resources:

Form Help:

  • PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information Form Walk-through – This video walks you through the FORMS-F version of the PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information Form used for NIH grant application due dates on or after May 25, 2020. This form is used to collect detailed study-level information for the protocols included in NIH grant applications.

Post-Award Resources:

  • Ever Wondered What Happens During the Scientific Review of an NIH Grant Application? – Understanding how peer review works is key to writing a good grant application. In this 44-minute video, NIH Peer Review: “Live” Mock Study Section, scientists have gathered virtually to review three fictional applications in response to a fictional Request For Applications. Watch their discussion to learn how applications are scored, what questions are commonly asked, and what mistakes to avoid in your application.
  • Already funded? Find tips to stay funded.


  • Learn the basics of grants including the grant lifecycle, grant policies, grant terminology, and more


Source: Office of Research and Sponsored Program, University of Northern Colorado


Find the mentor toolkit developed by UW-Madison Institute for Clinical and Translational Research HERE.

  • Get the most out of your mentor relationship. Craft an Individual Development Plan (IDP) together with your mentor to help you identify the skills, competencies, and relevant projects necessary for you to further your career goals.


 Connect to online resources

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