Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Q. What is Urology?
A. Urology is the medical specialty that deals in the medical and surgical diseases of the kidneys and urinary tract, which include the ureters, bladder and urethra [in both genders], and the male reproductive system which includes the testes and prostate.
Uro-oncology is a speciality that deals with cancers of the kidneys, bladder and urinary tracts in both genders and male reproductive system.
Q. Why is there a need for UCARE? Doesn't the NHS provide funding?
A. Urology cancer research faces a shortage of funding in the UK. The NHS provides basic funding but doesn't have sufficient resources to fund research at a world-class level. UCARE's support enables the vital research undertaken in Oxford to expand and to contribute internationally to the fight against urological cancers. Find out how you can get involved by supporting UCARE.
Q. Can I apply for a research grant from UCARE?
A. At present UCARE is only able to consider grant applications for research projects that will be conducted in Oxford. If you meet this criterion and have a project for consideration, please see the research grants page for more information.
Q. How do we decide on what projects to fund?
A. UCARE's aim is to fund the best quality research by bringing together the knowledge and opinions of researchers, clinicians, and allied health professionals to support research and education in urological cancer.
All applications for UCARE grants are reviewed by our Scientific Advisory Committee and can also be subject to external review by experts in the field, to help the charity make decisions about funding in line with its objectives. The applications are judged on the scientific merit of the application; whether it addresses very important scientific or medical questions and likely to have a high impact on medical practice, or on the relevant scientific field of urological cancer.
Based on the recommendations of the Scientific Advisory Committee to the trustees, UCARE may be able to offer immediate funding or recommend applications for future targeted fundraising.
UCARE requires all grant holders to complete and return an Annual Report & Evaluation Form. The purpose of the Evaluation Form is to enable UCARE to gain a deeper understanding of the impact of our grant-making.
For more information visit the research pages.
Q. Can I support a specific project?
A. UCARE recognises that some people would like to choose how their money is spent. Some of our supporters have personal reasons for wanting to give to a specific UCARE project. We welcome the opportunity to discuss your interests: please contact us for an informal, no-obligation chat.
Q. Is Justgiving a secure site for making donations?
A. Here's the answer from Justgiving:
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Q. How can I give feedback or make suggestions?
A. UCARE welcomes your comments and suggestions. We also have a formal complaints procedure: complaints will be reviewed by one of our trustees. Please contact us with your feedback.