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

News & Announcements

  • 2017 Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Program

    ​​UAB has been invited to nominate an early stage investigator for the 2017 Rita Allen Foundation Scholars ProgramThe full application is not due until January 20, but our office has to formally nominate UAB’s candidate by December 9. 
    It is asked that interested investigators please discuss with the Chair or Division Director and then contact Dr Kent Keyser by Wednesday, December 7th with a 1 page summary of the project and a 2 paragraph assessment of the candidate, signed by the Chair or division director.
    We apologize for the short timeline. 
    Posted by Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development | 12/02/16
  • ​Victoria Leslie Cooper, CIP, named Director of the Office of the Institutional Review Board (OIRB)

    Victoria Leslie Cooper, CIP, has been named director of the UAB Office of the IRB (OIRB) effective January 1, 2017.  Leslie comes to this position with over 17 years of experience in human research protections.  Over 13 years of that experience is with the OIRB, having previously held positions of assistant director and associate director in the OIRB.
    During her tenure in the OIRB, Leslie has coordinated submissions of industry-sponsored trials to Western IRB (WIRB).  More recently, Leslie has been a leader in the field as human research protection programs develop single and central IRBs.
    Posted by Office of the Institutional Review Board for Human Use | 12/02/16
  • OSP News and Updates - November 29, 2016

    • Unit Assignments/OSP: OSP Officers are assigned by unit to more evenly distribute the workload.  The listing will help you identify the appropriate contact(s) when you need assistance in proposal preparation, contract assignment, or help with post award issues and questions.
    • Training Needs Survey: OSP would like your feedback on campus training needs in the area of sponsored projects.  We encourage you to complete this short survey so that we can develop a comprehensive training program. 
    • Fee for Service (FFS)- Amended policy for research related FFS to be retroactive to 7/1/16: The F&A rate is changing from 30% to 15%.  Executed fee-for-service agreements assessed at the 30% F&A rate will be retroactively corrected to 15% F&A rate.  To assist the campus in determining to which office to send your FFS, we have developed a decision tree.  Please note submission through OSP requires completion and attachment of the Extramural Checklist including the Responsible Personnel List.
    • Uniform Guidance (UG) Brochure: A Uniform Guidance Quick Guide brochure has been developed with faculty and administrators in mind.  This brochure highlights the most important aspects of UG that faculty need to know regarding federal funding.  We hope you find it useful. Please print 2-sided in color for best effect.
    • At-Risk Accounts for Industry Sponsored Clinical Trial Agreements: Along with three academic departments, OSP, the IRAP support team, and GCA have been piloting a pending account process for industry sponsored clinical trial agreements for the last several months.  “At-Risk Accounts” (aka “Pending Accounts”) are used to assist in tracking the actual cost of conducting a clinical trial, therefore, it is very important that the clinical departments use the At-Risk Account to facilitate appropriate accounting for expenditures associated with study activation including, study start-up fees and personnel expenses. 
      Effective January 1, 2017, this process will be rolled out across campus.

      What is the Process?
      1. OSP receives your complete submission; including a signed Extramural Checklist for an Industry sponsored clinical trial.
      2. The OSP Officer reviews the Extramural Checklist and updates IRAP, which triggers a notification to grants and contracts accounting.
      3. Accounting sets up the At-Risk Account and notifies the PI/department. The start date of the pending/at risk account will be 1 year prior to the receipt date of the checklist by OSP to enable sites to charge activities related to study start up. And the account will remain ‘pending’ for 1 year after creation unless the account is either activated or terminated.
      4. Department/Site applies start-up charges to the new account and then continues to use when becomes active. This includes start-up fees for IRB, Pharmacy, Radiology, etc., as well as personnel expenses associated with the time required for study activation procedures.
    • Reminder Regarding Revised Responsible Personnel List (RPL) Instructions: Revised RPL submissions are submitted when you are adding or removing responsible personnel from an existing project.  When submitting a Revised RPL, please only include the names of those Responsible individuals being added to or removed from the project. For each individual, list the name, BlazerID, and project role and check the Add or Remove box, as applicable.  Do not list everyone on the proposal; only list changes.  For full instructions, please click here.
    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 11/29/16
  • UAB Effort Reporting Policy FAQs Published

    UAB has recently published Effort Reporting Procedures in the UAB Policy Library.  Subsequent to its publication, additional information has been added in the form of FAQs.  These FAQs have been appended to the bottom of the page. 
    The Effort Reporting Pocedures page can be found in the UAB Policies and Procedures  Library here:  Please note that additional FAQs may be added over time, so please reference the official page for any updates.
    Posted by Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development | 11/16/16
  • Selection process for UAB NSF Major Research Instrumentation Grant Now Open

    NSF Major Research Instrumentation grant applications are due at NSF on January 11th, 2017.
    Further information is available at this link: 
    UAB is allowed up to three submissions, two for instrument acquisition and one for instrument development. In the event that more than 3 groups express interest, the VP for Research Office will assemble a panel to select the three UAB proposals.
    If you are interested, please submit a letter of intent including an abstract for the NSF MRI proposal, biosketches for each of the lead faculty, and a list of participants, to Dr. Kent Keyser ( by 5 p.m. on Monday, November 21, 2016.
    Submitters will be notified of the selection panel's decision by December 1.
    Posted by Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development | 11/03/16
  • Call for Proposals: NSF Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Program: Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations (RII Track-2 FEC)

    UAB is soliciting white paper submissions for NSF EPSCoR published a new Request for Proposals (RFP) for Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Program: Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations (RII Track-2 FEC), see: (, in the following focus area:
    “Understanding the relationship between genome and phenome – Our vast and ever-increasing storehouse of genomic data has enabled rapid progress in many fields allied with the biological sciences, but it remains a challenge to mechanistically understand how genotype elicits phenotype. A fuller understanding of the emergent processes underlying this relationship would have profound implications in medicine, agriculture, biotechnology, ecology, evolution, and other fields. Proposals should pursue innovative, interdisciplinary approaches toward quantitative, predictive understanding of the complex interactions between genome and environment that generate variable phenotypic traits. These efforts may include the work of biologists, physicists, chemists, engineers, informaticians, and other scientists. Proposals may use any combination of experimental, computational, and/or theoretical approaches with any appropriate model system(s).” 
    Please click here for more information about how to submit, requirements, and deadlines. 
    Posted by Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development | 10/28/16
  • 2017 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists

    ​UAB has been invited to nominate one outstanding candidate in each of the three disciplinary categories: Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry. One nominee in each category will be awarded $250,000 and be named a 2017 Blavatnik National Laureate.

    Posted by Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development | 10/14/16
  • Center for Palliative and Supportive Care Announce 2016-2017 PREP Pilot Awards

    The Division of Geriatrics, Gerontology, and Palliative Medicine Center for Palliative and Supportive Care is pleased to announce the 2016 Palliative Research Enhancement Project “PREP” awardees. The three UAB investigators will receive funding for their pilot proposals which incorporate palliative, supportive, or survivorship care.
    The three awardees and their respective proposals are:
    Rita Jablonski-Jaudon, PhD: Clinician and Consumer Perspectives Regarding Advance Care Planning (ACP) Best-Practice Conversations at Four Different Stages of Dementia
    Anand Iyer, MD: ENABLE: COPD-PC - Developing a Palliative Care Intervention for Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and their Caregivers
    Noha Sharafeldin, MD: Intervention strategies to improve cognitive functioning in hematologic cancer survivors after hematopoietic cell transplantation
    We are thankful for the continued assistance provided by the UAB clinical and research community allowing us to fulfill our mission: The mission of PREP is to fund the UAB community in innovative research; contributing to the evidence base of palliative and supportive care and enhancing the prospect for external funding opportunities.

    To date, the PREP pilot program has awarded over $180,000 towards 10 innovative projects helping to secure over $900,000 in external funding.
    Posted by Division of Geriatrics Gerontology and Palliative Medicine | 10/12/16
  • Research Administration Announces Melinda Cotten as Assistant Vice President for Sponsored Programs

    ​Dr. Richard Marchase, Vice President for Research and Economic Development, is pleased to announce the appointment of Melinda Cotten as Assistant Vice President of Sponsored Programs. She will be starting on September 19, 2016. Ms. Cotten will be working with her staff in assisting UAB researchers in their efforts to secure and fulfill extramurally funded sponsored programs by performing pre-award and non-financial post-award administration. With a focus on customer-centric approaches for continuously improving UAB’s processing of submissions, Cotten’s extensive experience will be critical to ensuring the continued success of the UAB research community, and maintaining UAB’s national position as a top research university.
    Posted by Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development | 09/12/16
  • New F&A Rate - Implementation for Proposals in Process

    UAB has a new Facilities and Administrative (F&A) Rate Agreement with the federal government.  Effective immediately, all Principal Investigators and department staff should update all in-process and future proposals, particularly for the NIH Oct. 5th deadline to the new rates.  The On-Campus rate for research is 48.5% and the Off-Campus (more than 50% of the project is off campus and rent is included in the budget) rate remains the same at 26%.  All fringe benefit rates remain the same.
    This rate agreement is dated 9/1/2016 and is effective until 9/30/2019.
    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Sponsored Programs by email:
    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 09/01/16



Upcoming Events
  • Deep South Resource Center for Minority Aging Research Pilot Grant Applications

    The Deep South RCMAR focuses on health issues for which disparities between older African Americans and whites have been established, giving special emphasis to issues related to rural elders; intervention research addressing exercise, diet, or preventive health strategies; and studies addressing socio-economic, discrimination, trust or bioethical issues impacting physical or mental health. Proposals must demonstrate relevance to minority aging and health disparities in the African American population, and should focus on specific social, cultural, or behavioral mechanisms to improve physical and mental health or cognitive function. 

    RCMAR Pilot Grant 160908
    Funding Amount(s):
    Letter of Intent Due:
    Thursday, September 29, 2016 11:55 PM
    Application Due:
    Friday, February 03, 2017 11:55 PM
    Sponsor(s): RCMAR Pilot Grant 160908
  • Cystic Fibrosis Research Center Pilot and Feasibility Project Applications

    The Gregory Fleming James Cystic Fibrosis Research Center is soliciting application for pilot and feasibility projects to support new research initiatives in cystic fibrosis pathophysiology and intervention.  The pilot and feasibility mechanism is designed to provide support for a limited time (two years, up to $75,000/year direct costs for translational research).  Projects should test innovative hypotheses that may have significant impact on basic or clinical aspects of the disease and lead to preliminary data for independent grants in the area of cystic fibrosis science.

    Cystic Fibrosis Research Center
    Funding Amount(s):
    Letter of Intent Due:
    Thursday, September 29, 2016 11:59 PM
    Application Due:
    Thursday, December 08, 2016 11:59 PM
    Sponsor(s): Cystic Fibrosis Research Center
  • Request for Applications: The Center for Healthy African American Men Through Partnerships (CHAAMPS) Pilot Projects

    The Center for Healthy African American Men through Partnerships (CHAAMPS) (U54MD008620), led by UAB and the University of Minnesota, invites applications for translational and community-based research projects on disparities in unintentional and violence-related injuries and homicide, head injuries in athletes, and chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, stroke, hepatitis C, and cancer, especially prostate cancer, in African American men across their life course.

    Center for Healthy African American Men through Partnerships (CHAAMPS); UAB Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center
    Funding Amount(s):
    $75,000 total costs for entire duration of the project. Funding is contingent upon NIH appropriations and NIMHD approval of individual projects.
    Letter of Intent Due:
    Thursday, October 13, 2016 11:59 PM
    Application Due:
    Thursday, February 02, 2017 11:59 PM
    Sponsor(s): Center for Healthy African American Men through Partnerships (CHAAMPS); UAB Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center
  • Diabetes Research Center Pilot & Feasibility Award

    Research Focus:  The pilot and feasibility program is intended to provide seed support for new and innovative research projects directed at basic, biochemical, translational, clinical, and community-based research questions that broadly pertain to diabetes, diabetes complications, and cardiometabolic disease. Pilot projects should be designed to generate sufficient data as the basis for further extramural funding (e.g., R01 applications) in order to substantially pursue and expand the line of investigation.  In fact, in order to respond to NIH criteria for competitive renewal of the DRC, a key priority for your application should be to focus on subsequent extramural or R01 grant funding.  Thus, your application will be reviewed with this in mind so please provide a short paragraph indicating how the award will facilitate R01 application development and the submission of a proposal.  We will entertain 2 year projects if justification for the need is made in order to effectively develop an R01 (you will have to reapply in November of 2017 to get funded for your second year).

    UAB Diabetes Research Center and the UAB Comprehensive Diabetes Center
    Funding Amount(s):
    $20,000 - $50,000
    Letter of Intent Due:
    Monday, October 24, 2016 5:00 PM
    Application Due:
    Friday, February 03, 2017 5:00 PM
    Sponsor(s): UAB Diabetes Research Center and the UAB Comprehensive Diabetes Center
  • Funding Opportunity for MS Research via UAB Multiple Sclerosis Center

    The UAB Multiple Sclerosis Center (MSC) invites letters of intent for pilot studies that address novel scientific questions related to the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis. Proposals may be basic, clinical, or translational in nature. The intent of this philanthropic support is to identify novel avenues of research pertinent to treatment for neurological disorders and to accelerate the most promising MS-related drug discovery projects. Priority will be given to projects that best align with this aim.

    UAB Multiple Sclerosis Center
    Funding Amount(s):
    Letter of Intent Due:
    Monday, November 14, 2016 5:00 PM
    Application Due:
    Friday, January 06, 2017 11:00 PM
    Sponsor(s): UAB Multiple Sclerosis Center
  • RFA for CFAR Developmental Pilot Funding Announced for 2016-2017

    CFAR is pleased to release this RFA for new pilots incorporating the pillars of the CFAR mission of HIV Prevention, Drug Discovery, Pathogenesis and Understanding the Natural History of HIV in the Treatment Era. 

    UAB Center for AIDS Research
    Funding Amount(s):
    Letter of Intent Due:
    Thursday, December 01, 2016 5:00 PM
    Application Due:
    Tuesday, January 17, 2017 5:00 PM
    Sponsor(s): UAB Center for AIDS Research
  • Alabama Drug Discovery Alliance Request for Pre-Proposals

    The ADDA offers pilot funding opportunities in collaboration with, Southern Research, the UAB School of Medicine, the UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science and with the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. Grants are for $50,000 per year for 2 years, with the second year of funding dependent on progress made in the first year. Funds can be utilized for any aspect of drug discovery and development, including - but not limited to - target validation, assay development for high-throughput screening, molecular modeling and medicinal chemistry efforts, or proof of concept studies in animals. 

    We are currently solliciting 2-page pre-proposals; selected investigators will then be invited to submit a full proposal in early 2017.

    Alabama Drug Discovery Alliance
    Funding Amount(s):
    Letter of Intent Due:
    Monday, December 12, 2016 11:55 AM
    Application Due:
    Monday, February 13, 2017 11:55 AM
    Sponsor(s): Alabama Drug Discovery Alliance
  • RFA for Pilot Funding with a Focus on Outcomes, Population Health and Disparities Research

    Through support from the UAB School of Medicine AMC21 Strategic Plan, The Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education (COERE) and the Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center (MHRC) are soliciting proposals for pilot funding in Outcomes, Disparities and Population Health Research. This opportunity is targeted at investigators who will be competitive for an R01, R18, PCORI, program project proposals, or equivalent independent funding.  The PI will be a full-time UAB faculty member and have a record of substantial accomplishment in the subject area. 

    Funding Amount(s):
    $200,000 is available under this funding opportunity to fund two pilot grants of $50,000/annually for up to 2 years of support.
    Application Due:
    Saturday, December 31, 2016 5:00 PM
    Sponsor(s): SOM; MHRC; COERE
  • Diabetes Research Center 2017 Travel Award

    The UAB Diabetes Research Center (DRC) will be offering travel awards for graduate students and post-doctoral or clinical fellows who will be presenting their work as an accepted poster or oral presentation at the American Diabetes Association (ADA) 77th Scientific Sessions, June 9-13, 2017 in San Diego, CA.

    The DRC will be able to fund up to 10 awards at $1,000 each.  Abstract submission for the 77th Scientific Sessions will open on October 3, 2016 and close on January 3, 2017.

    UAB Diabetes Research Center
    Funding Amount(s):
    Letter of Intent Due:
    Monday, January 02, 2017 11:59 PM
    Application Due:
    Friday, April 21, 2017 8:00 AM
    Sponsor(s): UAB Diabetes Research Center
  • 2017 Community Health Scholars RFA

    The UAB Center for the Study of Community Health (CSCH) announces the 2017 Community Health Scholars pilot grant program, an initiative to encourage community-based participatory research (CBPR)  by UAB faculty.

    Up to three (3) Community Health Scholars will receive one year of pilot funding of up to $30,000 each for projects that address important health and public health issues directly relevant to local Birmingham communities. A project may be from any discipline on campus as long as it meets the following criteria:

    1.  Applicant Principal Investigators are UAB faculty at the Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor level;

    2.  An established community partner organization actively participates in the genesis, development, implementation, and evaluation of the project;

    3.  The project can be completed within one (1) year, and;

    4.  The project is developmental in that it demonstrates significant potential for additional extramural funding in the future.

    Center for the Study of Community Health
    Funding Amount(s):
    Up to $30,000
    Application Due:
    Tuesday, January 31, 2017 5:00 PM
    Sponsor(s): Center for the Study of Community Health
  • 2017 T32 DK007545 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.

    Nephrology Research and Training Center
    Funding Amount(s):
    NIH Stipend Levels for Postdoctoral Fellows
    Application Due:
    Monday, February 06, 2017 5:00 PM
    Sponsor(s): Nephrology Research and Training Center
  • REACT Voucher Funding - Now Available

    Medical Rehab Researchers: Let Us Help You

    Have a research concept that needs a boost to take your science to the next level? The REACT Center, whose mission is to catalyze high-impact clinical trials that will define optimal rehabilitation strategies, now offers a voucher program making available funding relating to medical rehabilitation research.

    UAB School of Medicine
    Funding Amount(s):
    Up to $15,000
    Application Due:
    Saturday, July 24, 2021 11:59 PM
    Sponsor(s): UAB School of Medicine