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


  • Announcing New Core Facility and Pilot UWIRC Programs

    The Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development announces RFAs for two new campus-wide programs.
    The UAB Institutional Core Facility Program is intended to promote the continued development and operation of outstanding Core Facilities that can serve the needs of UAB investigators.  The program is designed to assist cores in developing sound business plans, developing and maintaining robust standard operating and quality assurance procedures, providing customer-focused service to  facilitate the advancement of scholarship, and to assist in maintaining the financial stability of the core.
    Completed applications must be submitted to Dr. Keyser 5:00 PM, June 15, 2015.
    The Pilot University-Wide Interdisciplinary Research Center Program
    The UWIRC Program is one of UAB’s signature programs. UWIRCs promote outstanding research across the spectrum of translational science and enhance the development of collaborations and partnerships among research scholars across departments and schools.  The Pilot University-Wide Interdisciplinary Research Center Program is designed to facilitate the formation of innovative new Centers that will foster multidisciplinary projects that will involve faculty from multiple schools and the college.  
    Completed applications must be submitted to Dr. Keyser by 5:00 PM, July 2, 2015.
    Please contact Dr. Keyser with questions about either of these new programs.  
    Posted by Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development | 05/11/15
  • Material Transfer Office Electronic Forms Are Available in IRAP

    The Material Transfer Office (MTO) eForms (electronic forms) are now available in IRAP (Integrated Research Administration Portal)!  Please use this feature of IRAP to create, complete and submit electronic material transfer requests to the MTO.  The MTO will continue to accept paper requests forms through the close of business on Friday, May 8, 2015.  Please note that effective Monday, May 11, 2015, the MTO will only accept submissions from the Material Transfer Request Portal If you have questions about these changes please contact us at
    Posted by Material Transfer Office | 05/08/15
  • 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
  • Additional OSP Dropbox Enhancements

    The Office of Sponsored Programs is pleased to announce additional enhancements to the OSP dropbox for electronic SF424 grant applications to The link to access the OSP dropbox is OSP Drop Box for Electronic Submissions to . The revised OSP dropbox user guide can be found at OSP Dropbox Quick Submission Guide. New enhancements to the dropbox include:

    • The attribute page has been modified to prompt the user to create a record and then upload the files. When the proposal record is created the attribute page is refreshed with the comment “Submit Successful*” with a footnote to continue to upload files (“*Please continue on to the Upload Files section and attach your proposal documents”).

    • Once the proposal record is created, the Upload file tab is now used to upload the proposal documents.

    • The upload file history can now be viewed using the “File History” section.  This allows users to verify that the upload was successful.

    If you have any questions regarding the new OSP dropbox functionality, please contact your OSP federal officer or

    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 04/21/15
  • Subrecipients Under Uniform Guidance

    ​Per the new Uniform Guidance regulations, which became effective December 26, 2014, UAB “…must make case-by-case determinations whether each agreement it makes for disbursement of federal program funds casts the party receiving the funds in the role of a subrecipient or a contractor.” See Changes in Financial Management of Sponsored Projects Presentation 2 (12/14/2014) for additional information.
    Two documents have been developed to help determine whether a subaward (subcontract) or a fee-for-service/procurement contract is more appropriate. The Statement of Work (SOW) Template assures that there is a complete description of the work to be performed.  The Third Party Agreement Determination Form, in combination with the SOW, can then be used to determine (and document consideration of) the appropriate type of agreement.  To request OSP to disburse federal funds awarded after December 26, 2014 as a subaward, send a copy of the completed Third Party Agreement Determination Form, the SOW, and all other Subaward Required Documents (per subaward) to NOTE: The UAB PI and OSP Assigned Number must be included in the email subject line and all documents completed and included in order for the OSP to accept the submission as complete.  If you determine the disbursement should be as a contract (fee-for-service or procurement) include the SOW and Third Party Agreement Determination Form with the other documents you send to University Contracts.
    Effective April 9, 2015, you will be asked to complete the Third Party Agreement Determination Form for any outstanding subawards or subaward requests for any post UG awards received by UAB. If you anticipate or are notified that an award is forthcoming that included a third party in the role of subrecipient you may expedite the process by reviewing the SOW and completing the Form appropriately. Going forward the SOW Template and Form should be used for any subrecipient at preparation of an application or submission in order to determine the appropriate role and costs for the subrecipient.
    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 04/09/15
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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