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

  • July 2016 Issue of Compliance 411 Newsletter Published

    The University Compliance Office announces publication of the July 2016 issue of their quarterly newsletter, Compliance 411

    Among the topics in this issue are Responsible Conduct of Research at UAB; new Recertification of Effort Form and process; a profile of Research Integrity Officer Pam Bounelis, PhD; defining fabrication, falsification and plagiarism; new research data management requirements; and the new chemical inventory system.

    Your comments and feedback regarding Compliance 411 are welcome; please contact

    Posted by University Compliance Office | 07/22/16
  • UAB Industry-Sponsored Clinical Trials F&A Rate Will Increase Effective July 1, 2016

    Effective July 1, 2016, the UAB Facilities & Administrative (F&A) rate for industry sponsored or funded clinical trials will increase to 30%. This change is only applicable to new submissions to the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) on or after July 1, 2016.
    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 07/01/16
  • Search Opened for Vice President of Research

    The UAB Office of Human Resources has posted information on the search for the next Vice President of Research, including information about the Opportunity, Search Committee membership, and current stage of the search process. 
    Posted by Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development | 07/01/16
  • UAB Research-Related Fee-for-Service (FFS) change effective July 1, 2016

    Currently, Fee for Service (FFS) agreements are processed at UAB by University Contracts and are assessed a 5% of revenue administrative processing fee. As Facilities and Administrative (F&A) costs are not currently assessed on those FFS activities related to research, UAB academic units do not receive any F&A distributions in support of their research missions, despite the fact that these FFS activities result in true research infrastructure expenses. In addition, current FFS activities are not counted toward UAB’s national metrics on research expenditures (e.g., NSF HERD, etc).

    As such, and consistent with practices of peer institutions, all agreements (and contract renewals) with terms beginning on or after July 1, 2016 for research-related FFS contracts will be processed by the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) and be assessed F&A at a rate of 30% on cash received. Budgets for research-related FFS contracts should include recovery of full direct costs in accordance with the University’s Direct Costs Policy (available on Financial Affairs website) and the appropriate F&A rate as described above.

    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 06/06/16
  • OSP Announces Streamline of NCC Submission Process and Updated Checklists

    ​In a continuing effort to streamline submission processes, the Office of Sponsored Programs is pleased to announce that NIH Research Performance Progress Report submissions (also known as RPPRs), other Noncompeting Continuation/Continuation submissions, and Pre-Application submissions no longer require a signed UAB Extramural Support Checklist, but should now be sent to with a UAB Expedited Checklist.
    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 05/27/16
  • NIH Proposal Submission Revised Procedure

    The UAB Office of Sponsored Programs is pleased to announce the newly revised procedure for review of NIH proposal submissions for large submission deadlines involving NIH Research Project Grants (R01), Research Career Development Awards (K) and Research Fellowship (F) proposals. In order to review NIH proposals as quickly as possible, OSP has implemented a proposal review pool which will allow OSP to introduce additional reviewers to assist with proposal review when needed.

    NIH proposal submissions to OSP for deadline dates of June 5th and July 5th (R01), June 12th and July 12th (K) and August 8th and 13th (F), will  be assigned rotating through a  pool of reviewers instead of an assignment to a specific officer by department. The reviewer will be identified in the Receipt of Submission email once a complete submission is received by OSP. This change is effective immediately.

    NOTE: This is only applicable to new NIH proposal submissions for the above mentioned NIH deadlines. All other NIH proposal submission deadlines will be routed to the officer assigned to your specific department. All NIH awards will continue to be processed by the OSP officer assigned to your specific area.

    Please continue to follow the OSP Review Plan to ensure that your reviewer has sufficient time to properly review the proposal. 

    Please forward any questions regarding the NIH proposal review process to Tim Parker at or

    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 05/26/16
  • New Guidance Information on IRB Website

    The OIRB has provided updated guidance information on our website.  New information has been posted regarding the following:
    • Flowchart to determine who are key personnel
    • NIH description of ethnic and racial categories
    • IRB form compatibility

    Key Personnel

    The IRB has created a flow chart to help determine whether individuals involved with research should be considered to be key personnel involved in the conduct of human subjects research.  The Key Personnel Flowchart is available under the General category on the Other Guidance page of the IRB website.

    Ethnic and Racial Categories

    The table on the Investigator's Progress Report follows the reporting requirements of the NIH. The following is their description of how the ethnic and racial categories are defined:​​

    Ethnic Categories

    • ​​Hispanic or Latino: A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.  The term “Spanish origin” can also be used in addition to “Hispanic or Latino.
    • Not Hispanic or Latino​.

    ​​​​​​Racial Categories

    • ​American Indian or Alaska Native: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North, Central, or South America, and who maintains tribal affiliations or community attachment.​
    • Asian: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam. (Note: Individuals from the Philippine Islands have been recorded as Pacific Islanders in previous data collection strategies.) 
    • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.
    • Black or African American: A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa. Terms such as “Haitian” or “Negro” can be used in addition to “Black or African American.”
    • White: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.

    IRB Form Compatibility Issues

    IRB forms on this page are compatible with Microsoft Word 2010 and newer on Windows and Microsoft Word 2016 for Mac. Some features (e.g., checkboxes) are not compatible with older versions of Microsoft Word or any version of Pages for Mac. The newest versions of Microsoft Word are available at no charge to UAB faculty, staff, and students through UAB IT. Contact UAB IT for more information on upgrading your software. If you are unable to upgrade to a compatible version of MS Word, you may simply place an "X" before the checkbox that corresponds to your answer in the form.
    Posted by Office of the Institutional Review Board for Human Use | 04/22/16
  • Reminder Regarding ASSIST Grant Applications

    As the February 5th deadline for new NIH R01 submissions approaches, OSP would like to remind you that all competing, single-project NIH grant applications can now be submitted through ASSIST.
    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 01/25/16
  • Request for Nominations for Director of the Center for Structural Biology (CSB)

    ​The UAB CSB Internal Search Committee invites nominations of UAB faculty members for the position of Director of the Center for Structural Biology (CSB).  The CSB was established in 2011, and is one of 24 University-wide Interdisciplinary Research Centers (UWIRCs); it has been led by Lawrence J. DeLucas, Ph.D., since its inception.  The mission of the Center for Structural Biology is to support research and education through exploration of structure/function relationships for biological macromolecules and the development of novel technologies for biomedical research which enhance UAB’s basic and translational research goals.  Center membership includes more than 125 faculty and non-faculty members and hosts a number of on-site core facilities, as well as access to a national laboratory x-ray beam.
    The Director will oversee all of the interdisciplinary center activities, be a member of the Council of Center Directors and be responsible for interfacing with participating schools and managing the budget.  Nominations, including self-nominations, should include a CV and a one (1) page summary outlining the qualifications of the proposed Director and summarizing ideas and plans if appointed to the position.  The decision will be made after review and interviews by the Search Committee.
    Nominations should be submitted to Jamie Seitz ( by Friday, January 29, 2016. 
    Posted by Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development | 01/19/16
  • MTO Change in Process for Finalized Agreement Documents

    The Material Transfer Office is changing the process for providing finalized agreements to the campus. Previously the finalized documents were emailed to the investigator, now the investigator will be notified that the finalized agreement is available for viewing through an eReport.

    Details can be found on the IRAP Website.

    Posted by Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development | 12/10/15



Upcoming Events
  • Cystic Fibrosis Research Center Graduate and Post Doc Applications

    The Gregory Fleming James Cystic Fibrosis Research Center is soliciting application for two slots on our Research Development Project Research Training Core for partial funding to help pay for trainees. One slot is for a graduate student, and one slot is for a postdoc.

    The Research Training Core is designed to provide support for one year at a time. The Graduate Student slot will total $12,500 total towards stipend, tuition and fees total per year. The PostDoc slot will pay $43,680 total per year towards salary and fringe.

    Cystic Fibrosis Research Center
    Funding Amount(s):
    $12,500 - $43,680
    Application Due:
    Thursday, August 11, 2016 11:59 PM
    Sponsor(s): Cystic Fibrosis Research Center
  • Training Program in Cardiovascular Pathophysiology - Fellowship Position

    We are pleased to announce the availability of 1 fellowship position for Ph.D./MSTP students training in the general area of cardiovascular pathophysiology. The goal of this program is to develop a well-trained pool of young scientists with an appreciation of molecular pathophysiology and its application to a broad range of cardiovascular research. These awards are funded by a five-year NIH pre-doctoral training grant (T32), which is now in year 17. These Fellowships are available for 12 months and renewable for one additional year pending satisfactory progress. 

    Application procedure: To apply for a position, email a single, PDF document to Ms. Samantha Gromko ( by 4pm on August 19, 2016, including the following:

    • A letter from the mentor in support of the student and a commitment to allow the student to participate fully in the program. This will involve attending specified courses, seminars, Annual Vascular Biology and Hypertension Symposium and presenting at Graduate Student Research Day.  The information from the mentor should include prior training experience.
    • An outline of the proposed research project written by the student (maximum of 3 pages).
      A statement of career goals and interest in cardiovascular research (maximum of 1 page).
    • The applicant’s CV, and a copy of the applicant record including GRE score, undergraduate GPA, and UAB academic record.
    • Mentor’s NIH biosketch including current and pending funding, together with a record of current and past graduate training experience.
    T32 HL007918 Training Program in Cardiovascular Pathophysiology - Department of Pathology
    Funding Amount(s):
    Application Due:
    Friday, August 19, 2016 4:00 PM
    Sponsor(s): T32 HL007918 Training Program in Cardiovascular Pathophysiology - Department of Pathology
  • Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama - 2016 Request for Proposals

    Since 2001, Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama (ACA) has funded 23 research grants at UAB, the University of Alabama and Auburn University.  The purpose of this competitive grant program is to help supplement research in the field and to stimulate junior investigator interest in this area. 

    Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging
    Funding Amount(s):
    Application Due:
    Friday, September 02, 2016 4:00 PM
    Sponsor(s): Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging
  • 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
  • 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