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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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  • 2015-16 UAB Faculty Development Grant Program

    ​The UAB Faculty Development Grant Program (FDGP) provides seed money for research, teaching and service related projects designed to enhance the effectiveness of individual faculty members by providing funds for them to undertake new efforts for which time or money is not generally available. Successful FDGP projects would enable faculty to develop manuscripts, publications, presentations, grant applications, development of future research, creative works, development of new skills, enhancement of effectiveness as faculty and/or peer recognition outside of UAB.

    Eligibility: The grant program is open to all UAB full‐time faculty members (appointment at the rank of Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor, on the non-tenure or tenure track). To be eligible, faculty must secure matching funds from their department and/or school. Priority will be given to junior faculty (see FDGP definition below), however, senior faculty can apply as long as the proposed project represents a new research or training direction – a developmental path distinct from past experience.   Note: If you are uncertain if your proposal constitutes a "new/distinct" direction, please contact David Chaplin

    Junior faculty is defined as:

    1.Faculty with the rank of Assistant Professor or below at the time of grant application and without substantial funding (not awarded a grant of $100,000 (direct costs) or more, previously or currently-at the time of application)  OR
    2.Any investigator with less than five years research experience and who has not received an R01 or equivalent funding.
    If the applicant is not an independent faculty, then they must describe how the current project is separate from his/her mentor’s research/scholarly activity and how the funds received will be used to increase their independence.

    Past FDGP awardees: Faculty are eligible to be awarded an FDGP grant once every 3 years. There must be 2 grant cycles before you are eligible to apply again.

    Sponsor: Office of the Provost
    Due Date: 3/12/2015 11:55 PM
    Contact Information:
    Aileen L. McElwain

    RFA: Faculty Development Grant Program


    ​Background: The purpose of the Deep South ERC’s Pilot/Small Projects Research Training Program (PPRTP) is to promote and expand the research training mission of the Deep South ERC. Through this mechanism the Deep South ERC will support small/pilot research projects that will emphasize the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) established by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. NORA uses a sector-based approach to define and meet high priority needs. These sectors are: a. Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, b. Construction, c. Healthcare and Social Assistance, d. Manufacturing, e. Mining, f. Services, g. Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities, and h. Wholesale and Retail Trade.

    Purpose: The Deep South Center for Occupational Health and Safety is soliciting faculty and student applications for grants of up to $20,000. The purpose of the grant awards are to encourage new and innovative research by students, postdoctoral trainees and new investigators in topics related to occupational health and safety that are among the priorities set by the NORA and established by NIOSH. Eligible candidates for this request for proposals are members of higher education institutions from the southeast region of the United States

    Categories of Awards:
    1. Trainee Award: Master and doctoral students from the Southeast Region will be eligible. Each trainee applicant may apply for $2,000 to $12,000 awards for research projects that are part of master’s project or doctoral dissertation. For this category of award students must list an advisor who must have faculty ranking at the same institution.
    2. Postdoctoral Trainee Award: Individuals with PhD/DrPH/MD degrees working as post-doctoral trainees, medical fellows, or equivalent position are eligible for this award. Eachtrainee may apply for $8,000 to $15,000.
    3. Career Development Award: Junior faculty members will be eligible to apply for this award. The maximum award amount can be up to $20,000 each. This award is designed to support new investigators in establishing new research areas and to encourage the most creative individuals from other research areas to apply their expertise and pursue innovative and novel approaches that may significantly contribute to the NORA objectives.

    The project period will be a maximum of one year from the date of the award.

    Sponsor: Deep South Center for Occupational Health & Safety, A National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH); Education & Research Center (ERC)
    Due Date: 3/15/2015 11:55 PM
    Contact Information:
    Paulisha Holt, MBA

    RFA: Website

  • Alabama Drug Discovery Alliance Pre-Proposals

    ​The ADDA and the UAB CCTS plan to fund up to 2 pilot grants for $50,000 per year for up to 2 years, with funding of Year 2 depending on progress made in Year 1.

    Funds can be utilized for various aspects of drug discovery and development for any human disease, including ‐ but not limited to ‐ assay development for high‐throughput screening, molecular modeling and medicinal chemistry efforts, or proof of concept studies in animals with newly discovered lead molecules.
    Only small molecule‐directed efforts are eligible for funding at this time.

    Sponsor: Alabama Drug Discovery Alliance
    Due Date: 3/23/2015 8:30 AM
    Contact Information:

    Maaike Everts, PhD
    Phone: 205-934-2973
    Email: or

    RFA: 2015 ADDA Pre-Proposals

  • 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 ( 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


    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-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:

    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:


    Anupam Agarwal, MD
    E-mail address:

    RFA: NRSA Research Fellowship Notice


    ​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.

    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.

    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.

    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 (
    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.

    * Initial application deadline: April 13, 2015 at 5 PM. Please send an electronic copy via email to
    * 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 (, Dr. Paul Sanders (, Dr. Ravi Mehta ( or Dr. Kelly Andringa (

    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