UAB Funding Opportunities

UAB Funding Opportunities

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UAB Funding Opportunities

Below are funding opportunities that are available from UAB departments and centers.  Use the contact information provided to the contact listed to find out more about each particular funding opportunity.   

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  • Diabetes Research Center Request for Application

    ​The Diabetes Research Center Pilot and Feasibility program is intended to provide seed support for new and innovative research projects directed at basic, biochemical, translational, clinical, and community-based research questions that broadly pertain to diabetes, diabetes complications, and cardiometabolic disease. Pilot projects should be designed to generate sufficient data as the basis for further extramural funding (e.g., R01 applications) in order to substantially pursue and expand the line of investigation. 

    Funding will be available to full time UAB faculty members who meet one of the criteria listed below:
    •         Junior investigators (e.g., Associate Professors or below who have not been PI on a previous NIH R01 grant).
    •         Established investigators with no previous work in diabetes who wish to apply their expertise to a problem in this area.
    •         Established investigators in diabetes who want to pursue high impact/high risk projects to test truly innovative ideas that represent a clear departure from ongoing research interests.
    •         Note:  We will also consider multidisciplinary projects that involve both basic and clinical scientists who combine efforts in ‘translational’ research protocols, which could not be conducted by basic or clinical scientist(s) alone.

    First level review: All basic and clinical investigators interested in pilot project funding are asked to submit a one page description of the project that includes hypotheses, specific aims, and a research design and methods summary including models systems that will be employed, along with a four page NIH biosketch.  This one page description is due December 1, 2014.

    Second level review: Investigators with the highest rated applications in the first level review will be asked to submit full pilot project applications for review by the committee.  The full project application is due February 3, 2015.

    Detailed instructions are in the attached RFA.

    Best of luck to all of our applicants.

    Sponsor: UAB Diabetes Research Center
    Due Date: 12/1/2014 11:55 PM
    Contact Information:

    Ms. Eva Gilliam

    Dr. Stuart Frank

    RFA: Diabetes Pilot Grant Program RFA

  • Research Projects on Disparities in African American Men’s Health

    ​The Center for Healthy African American Men through Partnerships (CHAAMPS) (U54MD008620), led by the University of Minnesota and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, invites applications for community-based research projects on disparities in unintentional and violence-related injuries and homicide, head injuries in athletes, and chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, stroke, hepatitis C, and cancer, especially prostate cancer, in African American men across their life course.

    Sponsor: Center for Healthy African American Men through Partnerships (CHAAMPS)
    Due Date: 12/1/2014 11:55 PM
    Contact Information: Gabriela Oates, MA;; 205-975-7940


  • Request for Applications (RFA) and Letters of Intent (LOI) to apply for a Deep South RCMAR Health Disparities Research Pilot Grant (2015-2016)

    ​The Deep South Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) invites Letters of Intent to apply for one-year pilot grants focusing on minority aging and health disparities in the African American population.

    The Letter of Intent (LOI) is due by Wednesday, December 10, 2014. Letters of Intent will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are submitted. Those judged to be responsive to this call for proposals and potentially competitive for funding will be invited to submit full proposals that will be due on Wednesday, February 11, 2015. (See Key Dates next page.)

    The Deep South RCMAR focuses on health issues for which disparities between older African Americans and whites have been established, giving special emphasis to issues related to rural elders; intervention research addressing exercise, diet, or preventive health strategies; and studies addressing socio-economic, discrimination, trust, and bioethical issues impacting both measures of both physical and mental health.  Proposed pilot projects must demonstrate relevance to minority aging and health disparities in the African American population, and should focus upon specific social, cultural, and behavioral mechanisms to improve physical and mental health or cognitive function by emphasizing research designed to: 

    (1) develop and/or examine the efficacy of theory-based, culturally-relevant strategies on disease and disability prevention and health promotion,
    (2) implement effective evidence-based community, group, or individual based interventions that will result in optimal health outcomes, and
    (3) improve the measurement of social, psychological, economic, demographic, and other constructs germane to the health of older minority populations. 

    Three to five pilot developmental projects of up to $50,000 will be funded in the 2015-2016 cycle.

    Applicants are encouraged to utilize multiple levels of analyses and an interdisciplinary approach.  Because problems related to minority health are embedded in multiple systems, interaction among the cultural, social, behavioral, psychophysiological, and clinical sciences is anticipated and encouraged. (See for more information about RCMAR areas of interest, in addition to the attached description of potential research topics). 

    Sponsor: Deep South Resource Center for Minority Aging Research
    Due Date: 12/10/2014 11:55 PM
    Contact Information:
    Ann Smith, MPH, at 205-934-9903 or Patricia Sawyer, PhD, at 205-934-9261 or

    RFA: RCMAR Pilot Grant RFA

  • UCDC Seed Funding

    ​The UAB Comprehensive Diabetes Center (UCDC) would like to invite faculty to submit applications for this year’s Seed Funding program focusing on diabetes complications. 

    Research Focus:
    Despite advances in therapy, diabetes still often leads to devastating complications including nephropathy, cardiomyopathy, retinopathy and neuropathy. The purpose of this award is to allow UAB faculty to initiate novel basic research projects to better understand the molecular basis of these diabetes complications as well as identify potential therapeutic targets.  Please note that the intent of this award is to support basic science projects. It is expected that provided seed funding will be utilized to obtain sufficient data to apply for significant extramural funding.

    Eligibility:  Funding will be available to full time UAB faculty members at any rank, but a strong track record of publication and funding is desirable. (Junior investigators and scientists interested in other topics should apply to the DRTC/UCDC RFA for Pilot Projects.  For more information on that program, please email Eva at

    Funding and Review Process: The UCDC Seed Funding Program will fund studies at up to $50,000 for one year. Because the scope and nature of the applications may vary, the size of the award may also vary. Applications will be selected for funding based on merit using NIH study section criteria. Projects will be favored if consistent with the focus of this RFA and likely to lead to future NIH funding; multiple PIs are admissible and applications from other research centers are encouraged. Funding for selected projects is expected to begin February 1, 2015.

    Application Procedure: To apply, please submit the following in one PDF file to by
    December 15, 2014:
    (i)        Research Plan (limited to 5 pages, excluding references) should include the following paragraphs: Specific  Aims,  Significance  &  Innovation,  Approach  (including  any preliminary data  and  research design), Multiple PI plan where applicable and a Plan for future extramural funding applications.
    (ii)       Budget, Budget Justification, Current and Pending Support and declaration if this project is under consideration via any other external or internal funding mechanism.
    (iii)       NIH Biosketch (limit 4 pages)

    Acceptance:  Acceptance of seed funding will require the PI to adhere to a plan for submitting grants to extramural funding agencies, to present a research seminar at study completion, and to report research progress to Dr. Anath Shalev, Director of the UAB Comprehensive Diabetes Center.

    Questions:  If you have questions concerning eligibility or the submission of these proposals, please contact Meredith Preuss ( or 996-4777).

    Sponsor: UAB Comprehensive Diabetes Center
    Due Date: 12/15/2014 11:55 PM
    Contact Information:
    Eva Gilliam
    Meredith Preuss


  • FY 2015 Post-Doctoral Fellowship Positions in Health Services, Outcomes, and Effectiveness Research

    ​The UAB-VA Health Services, Outcomes, and Effectiveness Research (HSOER) Training Program, a coordinated mentored research fellowship program, is accepting applications for the following postdoctoral positions with July 1, 2015 start dates.
    UAB National Research Services Award (T32) Fellowships in Health Services, Outcomes, and Effectiveness Research (Kenneth Saag, MD, MSc, Program Director; Monika Safford, MD, Co-Director)
    These are full-time, 2-year mentored research training positions funded through National Research Services Awards T32’s supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
    •         Eligibility: Clinical or research doctoral degree required (e.g., MD, DMD, PharmD, PhD, ScD, DrPH, or equivalent). Must be a U.S. Citizen or have permanent resident status.
    •         Includes: NRSA stipend, health insurance, and tuition & fees to obtain the MSPH in Outcomes Research or Epidemiology with a concentration in pharmacoepidemiology and CER.
    •         Program content areas include but may not be limited to:
    •         Healthcare efficiency and disparities
    •         Healthcare quality measurement and improvement
    •         Patient-Centered Outcomes Research
    •         Comparative Effectiveness Research
    •         Pharmacoepidemiology and Patient Safety 
    •         Translating Research Evidence into Practice and Policy
    •         Economic Evaluation and Decision Analytic Modeling
    •         Health Informatics
    Fellowships may be coordinated with clinical specialty or subspecialty residency training programs to support research training for residents and fellows interested in outcomes and effectiveness research.
    The application deadline is December 15, 2014.

    Sponsor: Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education (COERE)
    Due Date: 12/15/2014 11:55 PM
    Contact Information:
    Ryan Outman

    RFA: AHRQ T32 General Flyer