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


  • Material Transfer Office IRAP Town Hall Sessions

    ​The Material Transfer Office (MTO) will be hosting two town hall sessions to provide an overview of the material transfer request process in IRAP (Integrated Research Administration Portal) and discuss some important  changes for the submission process that will be effective in April, 2015.  All faculty and staff who submit material transfer requests to the MTO are encouraged to attend one of the sessions.  Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.
    March 31, 2015 - 10 AM to 11 AM West Pavilion Room E
    April 3, 2015  - 3 PM to 4 PM West Pavilion Room E
    For more information about these sessions, please contact Joy Bruce at 934-4591 or
    Posted by Material Transfer Office | 03/17/15
  • OSP Dropbox Enhancements Added for SF424 Grant Applications to

    The Office of Sponsored Programs is pleased to announce an enhanced OSP dropbox now available to the UAB Research Community for electronic SF424 grant application to The new link to access the OSP dropbox is OSP Drop Box for Electronic Submission to ( OSP has developed user instructions for the enhanced dropbox which are located at OSP Dropbox Quick Submission Guide. Enhancements to the dropbox “Create Proposal” screen include:
    • New Investigator search options including search by first 2 characters, and automatic population of the blazer id and department fields
    • Placeholder text describing what users should provide in each required field.
    • OSP Assigned Number box added to distinguish final submissions.
    • Budget type added to identify modular and detailed budget submissions.
    If you have any questions regarding the new OSP dropbox functionality, please contact your OSP federal officer or  
    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 03/16/15
  • New UAB Research Community Resource: The Office of Industry Engagement (OIE)

    ​The Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development (OVPRED) is pleased to announce the availability of a new resource to the UAB research community:  the UAB Office of Industry Engagement (OIE). The OIE will promote and foster industry-based research in a very broad sense, including partnerships, and collaborations, and work to improve institutional efficiencies to directly and indirectly increase industry-based activity at UAB. As an industry-specific research office, the OIE can assist in managing these delicate, but mission-vital partnerships and champion this critical component of UAB’s industry-based research portfolio.

    Dr. Jason J. Nichols, OD MPH PhD, Assistant Vice President for Industry Research Development, will head the OIE and Francoise Horn, JD EdS, will serve as the OIE program manager. UAB schools, departments, offices or faculty interested in developing research collaborations with industry, or who are facing institutional barriers to research success, can contact the OIE for assistance. Likewise, for companies wanting to conduct research with UAB, the OIE can serve as the industry’s portal to UAB’s research community and administrative services.

    The OIE is broadly supporting industry-based research efforts and is working closely with the UAB Clinical Trials Office (CTO), now under the leadership of the newly appointed Medical Director, Mansoor Saleh, MD. The CTO promotes and enables the clinical research mission of the institution, in addition to providing a range of clinical trials support services for investigators. Please contact any member of the OIE or CTO for any issues related to your industry-based research programs (205-974-3980) and look for more information to come on how these offices plan to grow and streamline UAB’s industry-based research portfolio.
    Posted by Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development | 03/09/15
  • Three-part NSF CAREER Award Training

    Starting next month, the UAB College of Arts and Sciences will offer training to junior faculty who are planning to apply for a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award. The NSF awards CAREER research grants to new faculty at universities who are at the rank of Assistant Professor (or equivalent) in any of the broad science and social science disciplines that are eligible for NSF grants.

    UAB’s training will be led by former NSF CAREER awardee David Hilton (Department of Physics), with support from current awardees Ragib Hasan (Department of Computer and Information Sciences, Eugenia Kharlampieva (Department of Chemistry), and Karolina Mukhtar (Department of Biology). The three-session training program will walk applicants through the process of applying for and winning prestigious CAREER Awards from the NSF. All UAB faculty are invited to attend.

    Sessions will be held from 12:00-1:00 PM on March 13, April 10, and May 8. Sessions build from each other, so attendance at all three is highly recommended. Dates and locations are as follows:

    March 13 session - Heritage Hall Room 102

    April 10 and May 8 sessions - Heritage Hall Room 500

    Questions may be directed to Dr. David Hilton at

    Posted by College of Arts and Sciences | 02/11/15
  • IRB Website Changes

    The IRB has made several important changes and improvements to its website.

    1. Changes to the navigation menu at the top of the website:
      • Contact Information is now located in he About tab.
      • Links and FAQs are now located in the Guidance tab.
      • The WIRB tab has been renamed Industry Protocols to reflect the expanded focus of our external associations.
    2. The search box in the upper right-hand corner of the IRB website now allows you to search for contents specifically within the IRB website. It is labeled "Search the IRB Site".
    3. The IRB Guidebook has been reformatted with navigable chapter listings. The search box in the upper right-hand corner of the Guidebook section of the IRB website now allows you to search for content specifically within the Guidebook. It is labeled "Search the Guidebook".
    4. The FAQs have been reorganized. The display has been redesigned for ease of navigation. 

    We hope the changes will help serve your needs better, and make finding content on our website easier. 

    Posted by Office of the Institutional Review Board for Human Use | 02/09/15
  • AAALAC Site Visit Informational Sessions

    The ARP and IACUC will be holding information sessions about the upcoming AAALAC site visit (March 23-26). Sessions will cover topics such as common facility and lab issues, protocol congruency, and general information on how the site visit typically runs. The next three sessions  are scheduled for:

    February 10 @ 1:00 pm, Lecture Room D

    February 12 @10:00 am, Lecture Room B

    February 18 @11:00 am, Lecture Room B

    Sessions will be held in either the Volker Hall classrooms B or D. It is strongly encouraged that all personnel involved in animal research attend one of the sessions. If you have questions that you would like addressed during the sessions please email the IACUC office at We hope you will join us so that we can answer your questions and so that you can learn more about the accreditation process.

    Posted by Animal Resources Program | 02/09/15
  • Procurement Under Uniform Guidance

    UAB has chosen to delay implementation of the new procurement requirements in OMB 2.CFR.200.326 until October 1, 2016. The Office of Management and Budget has granted a grace period to allow extra time for a systematic implementation. Over the course of the next year UAB will develop procurement procedures consistent with the Uniform Guidance. In the interim, UAB will continue to comply with OMB circular A-110.
    For additional information related to Uniform Guidance, visit the the following link:
    Posted by Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development | 01/28/15
  • Funding Application Submissions to the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP)

    In a continuing effort to partner with UAB faculty to ensure the timely and efficient processing of funding application submissions to the OSP, and in conjunction with the recently announced OSP Review Plan, the following changes are effective Wednesday, December 3, 2014;

    Submissions to the OSP must include all required documents or the submission will be placed in an IRAP status of “Incomplete Submission” and will not be review or processed until the complete submission is received. A listing of required documents for each submission type can be found at OSP Required Documents - Federal and Non Profit and OSP Required Documents for Non-Federal and For Profit. In order to be considered complete funding application submissions that:

    • require SF424 application forms must be submitted to the OSP Dropbox simultaneously with the submission of other required documents to;
    • are ASSIST submissions must include the application identifier in the application package e-mail; and
    • are NSF submissions must be in FastLane’s view/edit mode.

    The PI and Support Staff Contact will receive an email notification documenting the incomplete submission, and identifying the specific missing documents. Note an incomplete submission:

    • does not get the submission into a queue;
    • will not be routed to an OSP officer or specialist until all required documents are received. The OSP Review Plan timeline does not begin until all required documents for the submission are received.

    The missing required documents should be submitted to along with the OSP assigned number provided with the incomplete submission email notification as expeditiously as possible to ensure a timely routing of the submission for review.

    Should you have any questions, please contact your OSP officer or

    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 12/03/14
  • 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
  • Changes to Consent Form May 2014

    ​The following are changes to the Sample Consent Form, version 05/29/14

    • Font has been changed to Calibri to comply with Institutional style guidelines.
    • Header:  The header has been updated to include Sponsor Protocol No., when applicable.
    • Risks and Discomforts:  Clarification to instructions in Randomization section and revisions to the example paragraph have been made.
    • Confidentiality:  
      • Change in language regarding publishing results of research
      • Updated Billing Compliance language
      • Addition of clinical trials indicator in medical records
    • Voluntary Participation and Withdrawal:  Instructions have been updated.
    • Cost of Participation:  Addition of sample language regarding Category B medical devices.
    • Signatures:  Several changes in the guidance.
    • HIPAA Authorization Form:  Revision to consent cancellation language.

    Click here for a more detailed summary of the changes.

    The sample consent form is available online by clicking this link.

    Posted by Office of the Institutional Review Board for Human Use | 06/04/14
  • FDA 1572 Updated

    Version date 07/2013, available at the following link:
    Posted by Office of the Institutional Review Board for Human Use | 01/01/13



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