Stimulating Urology Interdisciplinary Team Opportunity Research (SUITOR)

May 2021 Council

Lead Division/Office


Point(s) of Contact

Julia Barthold, M.D.; Victoria Spruance, Ph.D.

Executive Summary

The Stimulating Urology Investigator Team Opportunity Research (SUITOR) program supports increased funding of interdisciplinary research focused on cycling topics of interest in benign urologic diseases and conditions. Since the initial launch of SUITOR in 2019, the program has already provided support for multiple interdisciplinary investigators working in urinary incontinence. However, continued efforts to expand the number of investigator-initiated projects is warranted. Recent NIH-supported workshops have emphasized the importance of neural mechanisms in a range of urologic diseases and conditions, yet significant gaps in knowledge remain. Expanding the scope of SUITOR to support neurourology will address an emerging area of interest that is increasingly embraced by the urologic scientific community. We anticipate that this approach will facilitate cross-collaboration, enhance submission of applications that address a wider range of diseases and conditions, and encourage engagement of additional investigators in the field.