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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.   

If you are interested in finding funding opportunities from sources outside of UAB please refer to IRAP's SPIN and SMARTS tools.  Information about SPIN and SMARTS can be found at www.uab.edu/IRAP or by contacting IRAPPROFILE@uab.edu

If you would like to have a funding opportunity posted to this list please email a description and a PDF of the RFA to UABResearch@uab.edu.

  • Research Projects on Solutions for Obesity in the Mid-South, with a Focus on Social Determinants (RFA-TCC-15-001)

    ​I. Funding Opportunity Description
    The approaches promoted in this Funding Opportunity Announcement are based on the public input received through the Mid-South TCC research crowdsourcing platform (crowdsource.dopm.uab.edu) in response to the obesity challenge launched in November, 2014. Of 111 ideas received, content experts selected the top solutions grouped into four themes:
    • Mobile Food Markets – This theme is based on an idea to work with local organizations to create mobile markets, such as food trucks selling affordable fresh foods, to serve disadvantaged neighborhoods and areas identified as food deserts. Mobile markets can include a health education and/or food preparation components.
    • Use of Technology and Mobile Devices – This idea proposes to leverage the power of smart technology or the Internet of Things (IoT) to identify behavioral patterns, which in combination with demographic and other information can be used to determine specific factors that contribute to obesity. Research under this theme should use smart technology and mobile devices as tools for solving the challenge of obesity in the Mid-South.
    • Food Ratings with Incentives at the Institutional Level – This theme combines ideas for rating the food available for purchase at schools, colleges, hospitals, restaurants, and other institutions on a scale of A through F based on its nutritional value and energy density. Incentives for individuals who choose healthy options could be made available in various forms, e.g., discounts on future purchases of healthy items, cash rewards, lower health insurance rates, or gym memberships.
    • Family-Based Approaches – This concept is based on the idea to center obesity prevention interventions to the family level. A family-based approach allows for intervention early in the life course, thus increasing the probability of maintaining healthy habits for current and future generations of a family.

    II. Award Information
    Available Funds: The Mid-South TCC intends to commit approximately $300,000 for this round of applications. Funding is contingent upon NIH appropriations.
    Number of Awards: Up to 4 projects will be funded.
    Award Budget*:
    • Up to $100,000 total for research involving academic-community partnerships;
    • Up to $50,000 total for secondary data analysis and other research not involving academic-community partnerships.
    *Award budgets are total costs for the entire duration of the project.
    Award Project Period: The award project period is up to 2 years. Quarterly progress reports will be required for all funded projects, and funding will be contingent upon making adequate progress consistent with the proposed research plan.

    III. Eligibility Information
    1. Faculty members of all ranks at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Jackson State University, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Louisiana State University, and Dillard University are eligible to apply. Applicants at the levels of Instructor or Assistant Professor must have a senior faculty serving as a mentor.
    2. Community organizations in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Kentucky in collaboration with an investigator from the academic institutions listed above.
    • Collaboration between principal investigators from at least two eligible academic institutions is required for secondary data analysis and other research not involving community partners.
    • Collaboration between academic and community investigators from eligible academic institutions and community organizations is required for research involving community partners.
    • Applicants may participate in more than one application per cycle but may not submit more than one application as the Principal Investigator of a project.

    IV. Key Dates
    Letters of Intent due: February 23, 2015
    Applications due: April 1, 2015
    Announcement of recipients: May 15, 2015
    Project start date: August 1, 2015

    LETTERS OF INTENT AND APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY AT www.uabmhrc.org BY 11:59 PM ON THE DATE DUE.


    Sponsor: Mid-South Transdiscipinary Collaborative Center for Health Disparities Research
    Due Date: 4/1/2015 11:55 PM
    Contact Information:
    RFA: Mid-South TCC 2015 RFA

  • NIH - NRSA TRAINING GRANT RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP INTERDISCIPLINARY TRAINING IN KIDNEY-RELATED RESEARCH

    ​NIH-funded training grant fellowships are available for research training in the areas broadly related to kidney diseases. Trainees will pursue a one to two-year research program in the laboratory of an established basic or clinical research scientist, supplemented with training in advanced biostatistics and bioethics courses.

    Trainees will be required to carry out an independent research project in the laboratory of a faculty mentor - a basic scientist or clinician investigator experienced in kidney disease-related research at UAB.  Current areas of research interest include renal transport physiology, acute and chronic kidney disease, diabetic kidney disease, cell and developmental biology pertaining to the kidney, polycystic kidney disease, hypertension, glomerular diseases, dialysis-related vascular access, basic and clinical research in transplantation and outcomes/epidemiology research.

    Selection of trainees is based on the demonstrated ability of the candidate and his/her career choice and potential for an academic career.  Applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents and have completed their MD or PhD. Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a CV, mentor statement and biosketch, two letters of recommendation, and a personal statement detailing their career interests. Please submit all documents as a single PDF file via email to Kelly Andringa, Program Manager in the Division of Nephrology, E-mail address: andringa@uab.edu

    UAB is an equal opportunity employer and applications from qualified under-represented minorities and women are strongly encouraged.

    SUPPORT: Includes stipend, benefits, tuition, travel funds, and appointment at the School of Medicine as a Post-Doctoral Scholar.


    Sponsor: UAB Nephrology Research and Training Center
    Due Date: 4/6/2015 5:00 PM
    Contact Information:

    Kelly Andringa, PhD, MBA
    Phone: (205) 975-4812; Fax: (205) 996-6650
    E-mail address: andringa@uab.edu

    OR

    Anupam Agarwal, MD
    E-mail address: agarwal@uab.edu


    RFA: NRSA Research Fellowship Notice

  • RFA - Nutrition or Obesity-Related Pilot Feasibility (P/F) Studies

    UAB’s Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) will fund at least 3 nutrition-related P/F studies at up to $25,000/year. A second year of funding is possible through a competitive renewal process.

    Research Focus: The P/F studies may focus on any area of research related to nutrition or obesity and are designed to provide initial project support for new investigators; allow exploration of possible innovative new directions for established investigators in nutrition sciences or obesity research that represent a significant departure from ongoing funded research; and stimulate investigators from other areas of endeavor to use their expertise for nutrition/obesity research.

    Eligibility: P/F funding is intended to support full-time UAB faculty members who are new investigators without current or past NIH research project support (those below the rank of Associate Professor); established investigators with no previous work in nutrition or obesity research; or established investigators in nutrition/obesity with a proposal to test an innovative idea representing a significant departure from ongoing research interests. P/F awards may be made to post-doctoral fellows. However, generally, post-doctoral fellows will only be competitive when such individuals are preparing to transition to a faculty slot at UAB. Post-doctoral fellows wishing to apply are strongly encouraged to meet simultaneously with their UAB faculty mentor and the P/F and/or NORC director prior to submitting a proposal. PI’s (Postdocs, Instructors and Asst. Profs.) must identify a senior faculty mentor who has a strong record of NIH funding as a PI in an area related to the proposed research and who will agree to provide guidance throughout the conduct of the proposed study. Priority will be given to applications that demonstrate close relevance to the NORC mission (www.norc.uab.edu), NORC core facility usage, and likelihood of future R01 funding.

    Procedure: Please provide a title, PI and an abstract (
    Acceptance of funding will indicate agreement to submit a grant application for extramural funding to continue the project, and to provide written progress reports at 6-month intervals.

    Sponsor: UAB Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC)
    Due Date: 4/10/2015 11:55 PM
    Contact Information:
    Stephen Barnes, PhD, Director – UAB NORC Pilot & Feasibility Program
    sbarnes@uab.edu; 4-7117
    David Allison, Ph.D., Program Director – UAB NORC
    dallison@uab.edu; 5-9169

    RFA: http://www.norc.uab.edu/pandf/letterofintent

  • RFA - Nutrition or Obesity-Related Pilot Feasibility (P/F) Studies

    UAB’s Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) will fund at least 3 nutrition-related P/F studies at up to $25,000/year. A second year of funding is possible through a competitive renewal process.

    Research Focus: The P/F studies may focus on any area of research related to nutrition or obesity and are designed to provide initial project support for new investigators; allow exploration of possible innovative new directions for established investigators in nutrition sciences or obesity research that represent a significant departure from ongoing funded research; and stimulate investigators from other areas of endeavor to use their expertise for nutrition/obesity research.

    Eligibility: P/F funding is intended to support full-time UAB faculty members who are new investigators without current or past NIH research project support (those below the rank of Associate Professor); established investigators with no previous work in nutrition or obesity research; or established investigators in nutrition/obesity with a proposal to test an innovative idea representing a significant departure from ongoing research interests. P/F awards may be made to post-doctoral fellows. However, generally, post-doctoral fellows will only be competitive when such individuals are preparing to transition to a faculty slot at UAB. Post-doctoral fellows wishing to apply are strongly encouraged to meet simultaneously with their UAB faculty mentor and the P/F and/or NORC director prior to submitting a proposal. PI’s (Postdocs, Instructors and Asst. Profs.) must identify a senior faculty mentor who has a strong record of NIH funding as a PI in an area related to the proposed research and who will agree to provide guidance throughout the conduct of the proposed study. Priority will be given to applications that demonstrate close relevance to the NORC mission (www.norc.uab.edu), NORC core facility usage, and likelihood of future R01 funding.

    Procedure: Please provide a title, PI and an abstract (<500 words) of intent that highlight the background and significance, hypothesis, specific aims, experimental design and procedures of the project including relevant statistical analyses. Please submit via the NORC webpage, http://www.norc.uab.edu/pandf/letterofintent, by April 10, 2015. (The “application” form is located on this webpage. Please convert to PDF and use the “upload” function at the bottom of the page for submission). Our committee will review all abstracts and select the most competitive for development of a five-page application plus supporting materials for a final round of selection. The full application will be due May 6, 2015. Specific instructions will be provided to those whose abstracts are selected.  Investigators are encouraged to contact Dr. Stephen Barnes (sbarnes@uab.edu; 4-7117) or Dr. David Allison (dallison@uab.edu; 5-9169) to determine their eligibility and the appropriateness of their project.

    Sponsor: UAB Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC)
    Due Date: 4/10/2015 11:55 PM
    Contact Information:
    Stephen Barnes, PhD, Director – UAB NORC Pilot & Feasibility Program
    sbarnes@uab.edu; 4-7117
    David Allison, Ph.D., Program Director – UAB NORC
    dallison@uab.edu; 5-9169

    RFA: http://www.norc.uab.edu/pandf/letterofintent

  • PILOT AND FEASIBILITY GRANTS FOR BASIC AND CLINICAL STUDIES IN ACUTE KIDNEY INJURY

    ​The UAB-UCSD O'Brien Core Center for Acute Kidney Injury Research (P30 DK079337) invites proposals for participation in the pilot and feasibility (P&F) studies involving the pathophysiology, basic mechanisms, therapeutic approaches, translational studies and clinical outcomes related to acute kidney injury (acute renal failure).  The intent of this pilot program is to provide seed monies for researchers to obtain subsequent extramural funding. If funded, the proposed start date for the P&F grants will be August 1, 2015. Up to four pilot projects may be funded based on merit and availability of funding.

    ELIGIBILITY
    1. New independent investigators (Instructor or Assistant Professor) without current or past NIH research support at the R01 level. This funding opportunity is open to UAB/UCSD and non-UAB/UCSD investigators.
    2. Established investigators who want to explore a novel idea related to acute kidney injury that represents a clear departure from the investigator's ongoing research efforts.

    TERMS OF SUPPORT
    1. Up to $40,000 per year in project-related direct costs can be requested for the P&F Study, including salary support and appropriate supplies. No indirect costs will be allowed.
    2. The successful applicants will be required to submit a progress report at the end of the funding period. A second year of support is dependent on a competitive review of the progress made and resubmission of a research proposal.

    SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS
    1. The initial application should not exceed two (2) single-spaced pages (1” margins, 11 size Arial font) and is due by Monday, 5 PM on April 13, 2015. The short application should include separate sections on overall objectives, specific aims and significance of the proposed research to acute kidney injury. In addition to the 2-page application, an NIH-style Biographical Sketch with Other Support should be included. Please submit as a single PDF document. Applicants should also include which O’Brien Center cores will be utilized. Please visit the Center website for information on services offered by the Cores (www.obrienaki.org).
    2. Applicants whose initial proposals are judged to be meritorious and fulfill the other criteria mentioned above will be invited to submit an expanded application (5 pages for Specific Aims, Significance, Innovation and Approach) due by 5 PM June 15, 2015. These applications should use PHS Form 398, conform to the NIH instructions for submitting research grant applications, and must be submitted as a single PDF document.

    APPLICATION DEADLINES AND DATES
    * Initial application deadline: April 13, 2015 at 5 PM. Please send an electronic copy via email to andringa@uab.edu.
    * Decision on initial applications by May 11, 2015
    * Full-length applications deadline: June 15, 2015


    Sponsor: UAB-UCSD O'Brien Core Center for Acute Kidney Injury Research
    Due Date: 4/13/2015 5:00 PM
    Contact Information: Dr. Anupam Agarwal (agarwal@uab.edu), Dr. Paul Sanders (psanders@uab.edu), Dr. Ravi Mehta (rmehta@ucsd.edu) or Dr. Kelly Andringa (andringa@uab.edu)

    RFA: O'Brien Pilot 2015

  • UAB PCOR K12 Scholar Program

    ​The Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education (COERE), and the Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center (MHRC) invite letters of intent for K-Scholar career development awards in Patient Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR).  These awards are supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institutional Award (K12).

    This opportunity will support 3 PCOR K-Scholars for a period of two years to build capacity for the conduct of PCOR to enhance patient-centered care.  The mission of the K-Scholars program is to prepare independent investigators to pursue careers focused on translating research evidence into practice and to evaluate the benefits and harms of different strategies and interventions on patient outcomes.  For the two years of support, the K12 will provide up to $90,000 towards salary annually. Selected candidates must commit a minimum of 75% of time to research and career development.

    Candidates must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or have permanent residency status.  Eligible applicants will have earned a clinical or research doctorate, including PhD, ScD, DrPH, MD, DO, DC, ND, DDS, DMD, DNS or equivalent doctoral degree. Candidates must be able to demonstrate a commitment to research training.  Candidates must be junior-level, full-time UAB faculty OR be able to provide assurance of a staff appointment on or before August 1, 2015. Non-UAB candidates are eligible to apply.  Additional eligibility criteria are included with the full Letter of Intent instruction packet, available upon request. 

    Please see the attached flyer for additional information about the program.  We would greatly appreciate your help in promoting this opportunity by posting flyers in your area and circulating this announcement to your colleagues and possible candidates.

    Important Dates:

    March 2, 2015 – Last day for receipt of letters of intent
    May 4, 2015 – Full applications due
    June, 2015 – Interviews of finalists with mentors by the selection committee
    August 1, 2015 – Start date for Scholars


    Sponsor: The Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education (COERE), and the Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center (MHRC)
    Due Date: 5/4/2015 11:55 PM
    Contact Information:
    Ryan Outman

    RFA: UAB PCOR K12 Scholar Program