Tuesday, 11 March 2014 14:32

Proposal Submission Protocols

With the implementation of the new Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) submission guidelines, the college Grants Office has created an email address for all grant submissions: casgrantsoffice@uab.edu. Please submit your proposals to us at least one day prior to the deadlines that OSP has stated in their review plan. As all submissions will now be submitted electronically through email, you will need to work with your chairs on their review prior to it being sent to casgrantsoffice@uab.edu. The chairs will still sign off on the checklist before submitting to the Grants Office.

If the timeframes are not met, the office reserves the right to inform the principal investigator (PI) that there is not adequate time for proposal review and thus the proposal may not be submitted. All submissions to OSP will now flow through casgrantsoffice@uab.edu and each PI and chair will be copied on the submission.

Summary of CAS Grants Office Guidelines

OSP guidelines state that a full proposal (to include all required documents for submission) in DRAFT format is due seven full business days prior to the submission due date. A FINAL proposal is due two business days prior to the submission due date. The OSP's review plan can be read in PDF format, and many resources are available on the OSP website.

REMINDER

All College of Arts and Sciences research proposals are required to be routed to and reviewed by the Grant Office prior to submission to the Office of Sponsored Programs.
In addition to the OSP guidelines, CAS Grants Office guidelines must also be met. Full draft proposals should be emailed to casgrantsoffice@uab.edu eight full business days prior to the sponsor deadline. Draft proposals submitted less than eight full business days will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis.

If a PI decides not to submit a draft proposal, the full final proposal should be emailed three full business days prior to the sponsor deadline. Final proposals submitted to the CAS Grants Office less than three full business days before the sponsor deadline will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis.

All CAS proposals submitted to OSP must come from casgrantsoffice@uab.edu. OSP will not review proposals if emailed directly from the department or the PI. Proposals should not be submitted to the OSP dropbox nor should access to proposals (SRO access) be given to OSP until the CAS Grants Office has emailed proposal to OSP. The PI, award manager, and department contact will be copied on the email from the Grants Office to OSP.

If the above time frames are not met, CAS Grants Office reserves the right to inform the PI that there is not adequate time for proposal review and thus the proposal cannot be submitted, or will be submitted without CAS Grants Office review.

Full draft proposals must include the following:

  • extramural checklist
  • responsible personnel list (RPL)
  • budget
  • budget justification
  • statement of work (project summary/project abstract)
  • biosketches
  • letters/statements of intent
  • institutional commitment letters
  • cost sharing forms (if applicable)
  • subaward information (budget, budget justification, statement of work)
  • any other sponsor/UAB required forms

CAS Grants Office reviews include:

  • Reading and interpreting application announcements/guidelines to ensure all application requirements have been met.
  • Verifying budgets to ensure funds requested are adequate and correct and meet project needs.
  • Ensuring all required internal UAB administrative documents have been completed accurately.
  • CAS Research will email PI and/or award manager with any comments/corrections/questions concerning the proposal within 24 hours of receipt of proposal.

Available Services

The Grants Office offers many services to help CAS faculty put together a complete grant proposal. Visit the List of Services Provided page to learn how the office can help you.
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The University of Alabama at Birmingham College of Arts and Sciences will open its new Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts to the public Thursday, Jan. 16.
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List of Services Provided

Illustration of a bar graph. The Grants Office provides the following services:

Pre-Award Management
Post-Award Management
Service Center Management
Other

Pre-Award Management

If you would like to utilize any of the following services, the Grants Office requires a minimum of 1-2 months notification prior to the submission due date. If this minimum notice is not given, we reserve the right to determine that the notification time is not adequate for proposal preparation and thus that the proposal cannot be submitted.

  1. All UAB administrative paperwork related to grant submissions:
    1. Extramural checklists
    2. RPL
    3. Cost sharing commitment forms
    4. IDC revenue redistribution forms
  2. Work with CIRB to ensure all disclosures are documented and current.
  3. All sponsor related forms:
    1. NIH applications (grants.gov)
      1. SF-424
    2. NSF applications (fastlane)
    3. Foundation specific forms/documentsBudget/budget justification development and preparation (including subcontracts).
  4. Prepare facilities documents (NIH and NSF submissions, biosketches, facilities, etc.).
  5. Collect letters of support required for applications.
  6. Serve as liaison between the Office of Sponsored Projects and PI.
  7. Serve as liaison between sponsor and OSP and/or PI.
  8. Read and review all funding announcements to ensure all guidelines are being met.
  9. Assist faculty in setting up SMARTS/SPIN in order to locate funding opportunities.
  10. Facilitate the set-up of subcontracts (UAB providing or receiving services).
  11. Work with CIRB to ensure all disclosures are documented and current.
  12. Read, review, and track all CAS grant submissions.

Post-Award Management

  1. Manage all financial aspects of funded grants including, but not limited to:
    1. Account Set up
    2. Provide monthly reconciliations including projections/Oracle expense reports
    3. Set up employees/faculty grant funding (Oracle HR functions)
    4. Re-budget requests
    5. Cost transfers
    6. Payment requests/purchase order requisitions/reimbursements
    7. Journal entries
    8. Account close out
    9. Annual/Final grant reporting
    10. Monthly/quarterly sponsor invoicing
    11. Fee-for-service contracts
  2. Effort reporting (compliance and training).
  3. Grant Transfers in/Transfers out.

Service Center Management

  1. Account set up
  2. Provide monthly reconciliations including projections/Oracle expense reports
  3. Set up employees/faculty funding (Oracle HR functions)
  4. Invoicing:
    1. Internal vendors
    2. External vendors
  5. Deposits
  6. Payment requests/purchase order requisitions/reimbursements
  7. Fee-for service contracts

Other

  1. Material Transfer Agreements (facilitate)
  2. Data Use Agreements (facilitate)
  3. Confidentiality Data Agreements (facilitate)
  4. Faculty Development Grants (facilitate)
  5. Innovation Awards
    1. Set up account
    2. Provide monthly reconciliations including projections/expense approval
    3. Close out account
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Monday, 25 November 2013 11:27

Student Research

UAB students study long-stemmed seaweed in the Antarctic. All of our students, undergraduate and graduate, are encouraged to participate in research. These students receive support from the College and from the University in the forms of faculty advice and guidance, identification of research opportunities, facilitating interdisciplinary cooperation, and providing forums for publicizing research results.

Student Research News

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Programs in the College

Student Research Resources

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Undergraduate Research

Research isn't just for graduate students and faculty. Here at the College of Arts and Sciences we want our undergraduates to take advantage of all of the research opportunities the College has to offer. Whether you're an Art major, a Biology major, or a Political Science major, there is research opportunity available to you.

You can watch students talk about some of their recent research below. For more information on how to get involved in student research at UAB, visit the Office for Undergraduate Research.


Computer Science major Brett Kirkland presents his research about the newly installed 3D printing lab located in the Computer Science department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, which will help further research in all disciplines. Produced by UAB Digital Media.





Neuroscience major Tooba Anwer presents her research at the 2013 UAB Undergraduate Exposition. Her research focuses on spinal cord astrocyte dysfunction in a mouse model of Alexander Disease. This presentation won 3rd place in the Biological and Life Sciences Poster Session II. Produced by UAB Digital Media.





Biology major Sope Oguntuyo presents his research on Mycobacteriophage Classification in Advance of Full Genome Sequencing. Produced by UAB Digital Media.






Political Science major Farah Al Farhan presents her research of foreign regimes, how they have affected our modern societies, and why foreign policy analysis is vitally important. Produced by UAB Digital Media.
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Wednesday, 20 November 2013 15:29

Standing Up for Social Justice

Brendan Rice. By Brendan Rice

My interest in social justice is grounded in the profound belief that my generation must and will play a central role in fixing the broken systems of our world. For me, this translates to the broken global food system that leaves nearly a billion people without enough to eat. Based on this core value, I have structured my college experience around acquiring the knowledge and skills needed to be a leader in the global effort to eliminate hunger and poverty.

As a high-school student, I attended a leadership camp through the Alabama Poverty Project, where I learned about social-justice issues affecting Alabama and the nation. After receiving a letter from Dr. Bob Corley, then director of the Global and Community Leadership (GCL) Honors Program, I visited the UAB campus and sat in on a class with Rosie O’Beirne, co-director of the media studies program. At that point, I knew that UAB would be the place where I would have the nurturing support to pursue my goals. I saw the GCL program as a curriculum path for me and other students to develop our desire to make a difference in the world as wellgrounded leaders in our chosen fields. We use the phrase “passion to action” a great deal in the program. This has characterized my time at UAB, as I seek experiences that translate my genuine interest into a well-grounded leadership.

Huge Energy for Ending Hunger

Through GCL, I worked on service projects with Jones Valley Urban Farm and Alabama Possible. Service is incredibly important for college students. It helps us meet community needs, and, perhaps even more important, starts to build our framework for understanding complex societal issues.

When I attended the Universities Fighting World Hunger (UFWH) summit at Auburn University my freshman year, my interest in food security and previous experience in service suddenly made sense in the larger context of the global phenomenon of hunger, an issue that affects nearly one out of seven people on this planet.

The UFWH movement now includes more than 300 colleges and universities where students have taken the initiative to make fighting hunger a core value of their institutions. The magnitude and energy of this effort was made real at the summit, where equally passionate students were coalescing around the common goal of ending hunger.

When I returned to campus, I helped start the UAB chapter of the organization, which is growing in members and visibility. This past year, the group organized a number of events, including a World Food Day potluck conversation and a refugee camp simulation, which shared the stories of the world’s most marginalized in context of UAB. The World Food Day potluck combined a celebration of food with a discussion on our broken global food system—one that allows for hunger in a world of plenty.

The issue of hunger and the growing movement of people who care about it will be reflected in the work UFWH continues to do on campus. Universities Fighting World Hunger at UAB provides a space for students to see how their stories and interests fit in with the broader narrative of a world moving toward the ability to ensure that everyone has enough to eat.

In the spirit of shameless self-promotion, if you are a student, I urge you to get involved in this important work and join the UFWH. My story is woven into the work of ensuring that the scourge of hunger does not persist in a world with as much exhilarating possibility as ours. What is your story? My bet is that your narrative, in all of its uniqueness and vitality, is not only compatible with but absolutely essential in the broader work of all of us working together to end hunger.
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Thursday, 14 November 2013 14:39

Grants Office

Illustration of a person with ideas coming out of the head. The College of Arts and Sciences Grants Office serves to foster and facilitate innovative and interdisciplinary research as well as scholarship and creative activities for the purpose of enhancing discovery, knowledge, and progress within the UAB community and beyond.

The Grants Office is here to help faculty, staff, and departments secure external funding. This includes help locating funding sources; crafting grant submissions; dealing with the forms, paperwork, and other requirements of the funding process; and grant management support once funding has been secured. We also provide service center management and facilitate Material Transfer Agreements, Confidentiality Data Agreements, and other ventures and projects.


Reminder: All College of Arts and Sciences research proposals are required to be routed to and reviewed by the Grants Office prior to submission.

Contacts

To help meet your specific needs, please contact the staff member responsible for your department or program. If you do not see your department or program listed below, please contact Erin White.

Erin White

  • Anthropology
  • Computer and Information Sciences
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures
  • Government
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Theatre

  • Alabama EPSCoR
  • Center for Ethics and Values in the Sciences
  • Center for Information Assurance and Joint Forensics Research
  • Center for Nanoscale Materials and Biointegration 
  • UAB Digital Media

Susan Thompson


  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Communication Studies
  • English
  • Justice Sciences
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • College of Arts and Sciences Research  
  • Center for Social Medicine
  • English Language Institute (ELI)
  • Community OutReach Development (CORD) 
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Friday, 08 November 2013 12:15

Research & Centers

Research. It is one of the driving goals of the College of Arts and Sciences.


Illustration of the intersection of liberal arts and sciences. Across the College, our faculty, students, and research staff engage in the time-honored quests to understand ourselves and our universe, to constantly create new knowledge, and to provide new opportunities for innovation that transforms our world. Through the exchange of ideas across the College's diverse disciplines, insights emerge that change the way we think and provide new opportunities for exploration. We provide an environment of inquiry that results in discovery and the development and testing of ideas and theories, leading to knowledge that can be applied to meet the challenges of our time, transform historic disciplines, and improve teaching and learning.

Our research programs focus on:
  • Human Health and the Quality of Life
  • Social Justice and Human Rights
  • Computation and Security in our Cyber World
  • Creative Expression through the Arts and Humanities

The College is home to several interdisciplinary research, education, and community outreach centers. Our faculty and students (undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral) collaborate with those in the schools of Business, Engineering, Health Professions, Medicine, Optometry, and Public Health. Several of our centers have industrial partners and engage in commercialization activities. Centers also support seeding of pilot research projects in emerging areas of research and education.
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