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

  • UAB Institutional Signing Official Change Effective November 9, 2015

    Effective Monday, November 9, 2015, please use the following name and title on all OSP submissions for external sponsors requiring the name of the UAB Institutional Signing Official:
    Richard B. Marchase, Ph.D.
    Vice President for Research and Economic Development
     The remaining contact information, address, email and phone numbers, should remain the same:
    AB 1170
    1720 2nd Avenue South
    Birmingham, AL   35294-0111
    Phone:  205.934.5266
    Fax:  205-975-5977

    Any submissions in progress, in route or received by the OSP, will be updated to reflect the correct signing official.

    If you have any questions please contact the OSP at

    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 11/05/15
  • Research Infrastracture Update

    IRAP - the Integrated Research Administration Portal - is an electronic tool that uses interconnected software modules to enhance each phase of the research process at UAB, from alerting investigators to new funding opportunities with the SPIN and SMARTS modules, to facilitating transfer agreements on research materials. Many documents can be shared across modules, eliminating the need to fill out redundant forms. Significantly, IRAP’s battery of more than 130 reports gives investigators granular data on the status of their submissions, so they always know where they are in the process. IRAP also allows administrators to improve workflows and procedures by finding and fixing bottlenecks in the system. In turn, this helps Research Administration offices work to deliver a better customer experience and to focus on improving customer service overall.
    Posted by Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development | 10/30/15
  • Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Federal Policy for Protection of Human Subjects

    ​A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) has been published seeking comments on proposed changes to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects. The UAB Office of the IRB (OIRB) is requesting input from the UAB research community on the proposed changes in order to respond most effectively to the NPRM. The proposed rule includes significant changes to the regulations governing human subjects research. Among these changes are more relaxed requirements for certain categories of lower risk research and more stringent requirements for informed consent, especially in regard to use of biospecimens.
    Posted by Office of the Institutional Review Board for Human Use | 10/30/15
  • IRB Continuing Training Requirement for 2015

    ​UAB IRB policy requires continuing training once in every three year period for key personnel involved in human subjects research.  The UAB Office of the IRB has worked with the CITI Program to create different continuing training courses for (1) Biomedical and (2) Social/Behavioral/Educational researchers.  UAB personnel may complete either of these courses to meet continuing training requirements.  Both courses require investigators to complete three required modules and three of six elective modules. 
    Key personnel who completed their initial human subjects training before January 1, 2015 are required to complete one of the continuing training courses prior to December 31, 2015.  This continuing training will be valid for the 2015-2017 period.
    Additional information, including step by step instructions for registering, can be found on the OIRB website:  Continuing IRB Training.
    If you have questions about IRB training requirements, please contact the Office of the IRB at 934-3789.
    Posted by Office of the Institutional Review Board for Human Use | 10/09/15
  • New UAB Institutional Core Facility Program Launched

    The UAB Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development (OVPRED) announces the launch of the UAB Institutional Core Facility Program (ICFP), created to promote the development and operation of outstanding Core Facilities that can serve the needs of UAB investigators.
    Posted by Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development | 10/02/15
  • Change in State Law Regarding Age of Consent

    On May 7, 2015, Governor Bentley signed into law Act 2015-167, which lowered the age of consent to 18 years old (previously 19 years) for IRB-approved research conducted by an accredited college or university. This means that 18 year olds may now consent for themselves to participate in research conducted at UAB under IRB approval. The IRB has updated most of its forms with this information and will continue to revise policies and procedures to recognize this change in the law. The revised forms must be used for all submissions received in the OIRB after September 1, 2015.
    Posted by Office of the Institutional Review Board for Human Use | 06/26/15
  • IRB Form Changes - June 2015

    UAB IRB forms have been revised as of June, 2015. New versions of these forms will be required for all submissions received after September 1, 2015. These include: Human Subjects Protocol, Investigator's Progress Report, Sample Consent Form, Checklists for new submissions for both full and expedited reviews, Checklists for renewal submissions for both full and expedited reviews.
    Posted by Office of the Institutional Review Board for Human Use | 06/26/15
  • Confidential Disclosure Agreement Templates Updated

    UAB’s template confidential disclosure agreements have been updated and are available at the OSP Confidentiality Disclosure Agreement (CDA) webpage. The following confidential disclosure agreement (CDA) templates are available:

    Mutual Confidential Disclosure Agreement (Company and UAB disclosing confidential information);

    Unilateral Confidential Disclosure Agreement (Company Disclosing to UAB); and

    Unilateral Confidential Disclosure Agreement (UAB Disclosing to Company)

    Please use, and encourage the contracting party to use, the appropriate UAB template CDA. If the contracting party can agree to the terms of one of UAB’s template CDAs, UAB will sign the agreement without further routing and review, resulting in a more expeditious process.

    Please forward any questions regarding the CDA process, or UAB’s template CDAs to

    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 06/22/15
  • Policy Update: Definition of a Principal Investigator

    Effective May 18, 2015 UAB’s Definition of a Principal Investigator policy is modified with regard to UAB employees in the 02 (Full-time Temporary) employment status or other UAB employment categories. See the full policy at the link or via the UAB Policies & Procedures Library.

    Case-by-case inquiries should be addressed to
    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 06/01/15
  • Expired Form FDA 1572 continued use approved

    ​On April 30, 2015 the Form FDA 1572 on the FDA website at is expired.

    The FDA is in the process of updating and posting a new Form FDA 1572. Even though it is expired, the FDA approved continued use of the current form.

    We will monitor the FDA website and will post notice of the new form's release, when available.

    Posted by Office of the Institutional Review Board for Human Use | 05/06/15



UAB Funding Opportunities
  • The UAB Comprehensive Diabetes Center (UCDC) would like to invite faculty to submit applications for this year’s Seed Funding program focusing on the interplay between diabetes and other chronic diseases. 

    Research Focus: Diabetes has become a widespread chronic disease, but with reasonably good life expectancy. Similarly, survival of many other chronic diseases has improved dramatically in recent years resulting in more patients suffering from diabetes as well as other health issues. However, very little is known about the crosstalk between diabetes and other chronic diseases. The purpose of this award is therefore to allow UAB faculty to initiate novel basic research into the role diabetes plays in other disease states, how other diseases may affect diabetes and what common pathways and targets may exist. Please note that the intent of this award is to support basic science projects. It is expected that provided seed funding will be utilized to obtain sufficient data to apply for significant extramural funding.

    UAB Comprehensive Diabetes Center
    up to $50,000
    Due Date:
    Saturday, December 05, 2015 12:00 AM
  • The mission of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) is to address disparities in diseases disproportionately represented within the Deep South as we accelerate discovery to improve human health.  

    Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS), in collaboration with institutional partners at the Hub and across our Partner Network
    Up to $60,000
    Due Date:
    Monday, December 14, 2015 5:00 PM
  • The Deep South Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) invites Letters of Intent to apply for one-year Pilot Grant Awards focusing on Minority Aging & Health Disparities in the African American population.

    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 upon specific social, cultural, or behavioral mechanisms to improve physical and mental health or cognitive function. Further description is included in the RFA. 

    Letter of Intent (LOI) due 11/11/15.

    Up to $25,000
    Due Date:
    Wednesday, January 13, 2016 11:55 PM
  • The intent of this pilot program is to attract both international and U.S.-based early-stage investigators from outside the field of HIV research to help address key scientific questions in HIV research, including emerging issues of long-term survival with HIV infection, prevention of HIV transmission, and research toward a cure. This program is targeting those who would be new to the field.

    Center for AIDS Research
    Due Date:
    Thursday, March 10, 2016 5:00 PM