Research and Economic Development

Research and Economic Development

Research and Economic Development


Since its beginnings only a few decades ago, UAB has become one of the nation’s leading research universities. Immersed in an entrepreneurial, interdisciplinary culture, UAB faculty, staff, and trainees continually make groundbreaking discoveries in research and scholarship that span the arts, sciences, and medicine. In support of UAB’s dynamic research enterprise, the Office of the Vice-President for Research and Economic Development strives to
  • Promote research and scholarship by faculty,staff, and trainees;
  • Foster an environment of integrity in research and scholarship;
  • Improve the quality of service of Research Administration units; and
  • Enhance economic development based on UAB research and scholarship.
This website is designed to facilitate those goals. If you have suggestions for improving the website’s functionality, or would like to see additional features or capabilities added, email Thanks for all you do to make UAB an internationally renowned research university.


Richard B. Marchase, PhD
Vice-President for Research and Economic Development


  • Uniform Guidance Information Website Launched

    A new website has been developed related to Uniform Guidance and how it impacts the UAB research community.  A "Cost Principles Quick Guide to Allowable Costs" has been developed, and Notices have been posted providing additional detail on the following subjects:

    • Indirect Cost Rate for Subawards
    • Charging Participant Costs
    • Charging Computer Devices as Supplies
    • Charging Salaries of Administrative and Clerical Staffs

    Additionally, links to presentations, listings of upcoming Uniform Guidance events, and resource links are listed.

    The information on this site will continue to grow, so look for notices about new or updated content through the OSP list serve, or periodically check back at the Uniform Guidance website.

    For questions, contact:


    Or check the Frequently Asked Questions at the Uniform Guidance (A-81) link of the What’s New section on the OSP home page.

    Posted by Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development | 10/10/14
  • UA System Collaborative Research Initiation Grants

    The Offices of the Vice Presidents for Research at UA, UAB and UAH are soliciting proposals from tenured and tenure-track faculty at their institutions who desire to create a collaborative external proposal team involving a partnership between at least two of the University of Alabama System universities. These grants will be in the amount of $2,500 to the Principal Investigator (PI) at each participating institution and must be spent within a period of 12 months in support of the proposal effort.  The purpose of this program is to facilitate the research interaction between faculty at UA, UAB, and UAH and to strengthen the overall research offering by leveraging strengths at the respective universities.

    In order to be considered, the collaborative teams must be composed of faculty from more than one UA System university who would be expected to meet on a regular basis, share research ideas, and submit one or more proposals to an external funding agency during calendar year 2015. Continued funding for a second year of a previously awarded effort may be considered contingent on the success of the research group during its first year of funding.

    Faculty wishing to apply for a collaborative UA system research grant should submit a proposal {12-point font, single spaced, one-inch margins, not to exceed two pages) which outlines the proposed research group theme, the names and university affiliations of faculty who have agreed to participate, identification of the PI at each institution AND the overall lead PI for the effort.  Additional information should include identification of the funding agencies that would likely be interested in funding the proposed research topic, and whether or not there is international  collaborative potential.  In addition, a two-page (maximum) vitae for each institution's  PI must be included. The lead PI should upload the agreed upon application in PDF format not later than November 21, 2014 to  The VPRs will meet as a committee to consider all applications and awards are anticipated to be made in December. The funded collaborative efforts should begin in the Spring semester. The funds provided at each institution may be used for any expenses associated with supporting the research group (expenditures must comply with UA System and individual institutional policies). A mid-year progress report will be requested from each team as well as a final progress report due not later than November 1, 2015.

    A faculty member may only lead a single proposal as a PI, but may participate in any number of groups as a Co-Pl.


    ​UA System Research Initiation Grant Announcement

    Posted by Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development | 09/08/14
  • Important NIH Notices - February 2014

    NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts

    • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Stipends, Tuition/Fees and Other Budgetary Levels Effective for Fiscal Year 2014
      (NOT-OD-14-046) Office of the Director, NIH
    • Notice of Salary Limitation on Grants, Cooperative Agreements, and Contracts
      (NOT-OD-14-052) National Institutes of Health
    • Notice of Legislative Mandates in Effect for FY2014
      (NOT-OD-14-053) National Institutes of Health
    • NIH Fiscal Policy for Grant Awards FY 2014
      (NOT-OD-14-055) Office of the Director, NIH
    • Phase-out and Termination of NCI Participation in the NIH MERIT (R37) Program
      National Cancer Institute
    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 02/20/14



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