UAB’s University-Wide Interdisciplinary Research Centers Program
To be designated a University-wide Interdisciplinary Research Center (UWIRC), centers must receive sponsorship from more than two UAB schools. New and established centers compete for UWIRC status in a competition held about every three years. The most recent funding cycle began with FY2011-2012; the application form with instructions is here.
Applicant centers are evaluated by the Council of Deans based on substantive interdisciplinary faculty involvement; provision of research infrastructure; contribution to the university intellectual environment; an adequate financial base to support center and core activities; internal and external review processes to assure quality and productivity; and leadership in the integration of research and service, including community outreach or partnerships. Centers receiving designation as a UWIRC are funded at varying levels, with approximately 70% coming from a central UWIRC pool of funds and about 30% from the sponsoring schools.