Research News Digest for Thursday, December 07, 2017

Research Administration News Research News Digest for Thursday, December 07, 2017

Research News Digest for Thursday, December 07, 2017



  • A fellowship established to provide on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students.
  • A two-year opportunity that offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and relocation and travel expense reimbursement.
  • A program that matches postgraduate students with state coastal resource agencies and nonprofit organizations to work on projects proposed by the hosts and selected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management.


  • Any student completing a master’s or other advanced degree in natural resource management or environmental-related studies from an accredited U.S. university between January 1, 2017, and July 31, 2018.
  • Students from a broad range of environmental programs are encouraged to apply.
  • Application packages are due to your local Sea Grant director by January 19, 2018.


Highlighted Notice(s):

  • Notice of Intent to Revise the NIH Policy and Guidelines on the Inclusion of Children as Participants in Research Involving Human Subjects
    (NOT-OD-18-008) National Institutes of Health
  • Revision: NIH Policy and Guidelines on the Inclusion of Women and Minorities as Subjects in Clinical Research
    (NOT-OD-18-014) National Institutes of Health
  • Revision: Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Admin Supp)
    (NOT-OD-18-105) National Institutes of Health
  • Reminder: Policy on Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA) for Clinical Trials Takes Effect January 25, 2018
    (NOT-OD-18-106) National Institutes of Health
  • NIH Enforcement of Closeout Policies
    (NOT-OD-18-107) National Institutes of Health
  • Revision: The NIH Announces New Review Criteria for Career Development Award Applications Involving Clinical Trials
    (NOT-OD-18-109) National Institutes of Health

For additional notices, please view Weekly NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices here.


UAB is developing a 5-year Sustainability Strategic Plan with goals ranging across curriculum, research, operations, and administration. An important component of setting these goals is learning what is important to the UAB community. 


Please complete the 10-minute survey at the link below and be entered to win one of our raffle prizes, including a $100 gift card to Alabama Outdoors and a refurbished commuter bicycle from Redemptive Cycles with helmet and u-lock.


Your responses will be kept strictly confidential and your feedback will be used to help shape the direction of UAB's future sustainability efforts.  

Investigators, research coordinators, and students still have time to take a CCTS i2b2 training, query the nearly 500 million rows of clinical data in the i2b2 system, submit a one-page abstract on your findings, and possibly win $500-1000. Even better, you will master a powerful new research skill. There is no downside!


Genetics and Genomices Seminar Series Presents:


George A. Calin, MD., Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Experimental Therapeutics, Division of Cancer Medicine

Co-Director ,The RNA Interference & Non-Coding RNA Center

Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Houston, TX


Friday, December 8th, 2017

12:00-1:00 p.m.

Finley Conference Center


Upcoming OSP Training Sessions – New for December: VA-MOUs

OSP has several new training opportunities coming up and additional sessions of training currently offered. You can register for any of these courses in the UAB Learning System (LMS). Space is limited, so be sure to register early for new courses.

NEW – VA-MOUs - Come learn all about the NIH Veteran’s Administration (VA)-Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This session is an introductory course where you will find out: who needs a VA-MOU and why, how to complete a VA-MOU, when and why you need to update a VA-MOU, and when you should submit a VA-MOU to OSP.
When? Tuesday, December 12 – 10:30 am to 11:30 am  

Pre-Award Cost Sharing – This session provides an overview of cost sharing as a part of an application for funding, including definitions, types, criteria, related policies and procedures, and FAQs.
When? Tuesday, December 19 – 10:30 am to 11:30 am  

Industry-Sponsored Clinical Trial Submission Process – This introductory course provides a general overview of the submission process for an industry-sponsored clinical trial.
When? Tuesday, December 19 – 11:30 am to 12:30 am         

Workspace Proposal Process – This training course demonstrates how to use the Workspace portal to initiate and prepare a proposal. This session is a 1.5-hour introductory course (1 hour presentation plus Q&A) that gives participants an overview of the process. After completing this course, participants can also attend a follow-up course this month to practice using Workspace in the computer lab.
When? Tuesday, December 5 – 12:30 am to 2 pm

Workspace Proposal Lab – This is a hands-on workshop in a computer lab where participants can practice using Workspace to prepare a proposal for submission.
When? Monday, December 11 – 11:30 am to 1 pm
: Workspace Proposal Process 

NIH Just-In-Time (JIT) Procedures and Other Support – This session gives an overview of the submission process for JIT/OS documentation. Some of the topics we will cover include: when to upload JIT/OS information, what information is required, where to upload JIT/OS information, how to upload documentation, when/how to notify OSP that JIT/OS is ready for submission.
When? Tuesday, December 5 – 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Overview of Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) Submission Process – This course is designed for those who are new to sponsored programs or new to UAB. This one-hour introductory course gives participants a general overview of OSP and helps them understand the submission process, including the benefits of submitting proposals early. 
When?  Tuesday, December 5 – 10:30 am to 11:30 am

NIH ASSIST Single-Project Proposal Process – This training course demonstrates how to use the NIH ASSIST system to initiate and prepare a single-project proposal. This session is a 1.5-hour introductory course (1 hour presentation plus Q&A) that gives participants an overview of the process including requirements for using ASSIST, how to initiate and prepare a proposal, how to add optional forms, how to preview an application, and how to validate an application. After completing this course, participants can also attend follow-up courses including a lab to practice using ASSIST and NIH ASSIST Multi-Project Proposal Process.
When?  Tuesday, December 12 – 11:30 am to 1 pm

NIH ASSIST Single-Project Proposal Lab – This is a hands-on workshop in a computer lab where participants can practice working on a single-project proposal.
When?  Monday, December 18 – 11:30 am to 1 pm
: NIH ASSIST Single-Project Proposal Process 

To attend any of these sessions, registration is required in the UAB Learning System (LMS). You can find the course by searching the LMS Catalog for any of the courses. The instructor for the courses is Debbie Graves, OSP Training Coordinator. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie.



The UAB Center for the Study of Community Health (CSCH), one of 26 Prevention Research Centers (PRCs) designated nationally by CDC, announces the 2018 Community Health Scholars pilot grant program, an initiative to encourage community-based participatory research (CBPR) by UAB faculty.


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:

  • Applicant Principal Investigators are UAB faculty at the Instructor, Assistant Professor, or Associate Professor level;
  • An established community partner organization actively participates in the genesis, development, implementation, andevaluation of the project;
  • The project can be completed within one (1) year, and;
  • The project is developmental in that it demonstrates significant potential for additional extramural funding in the future.

A NOTICE OF INTENTION TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL – with Project Title, Principal Investigator, and descriptive paragraph of project  is requested by Wednesday, December 13, 2017. Please use this form.


The deadline for full proposals is January 31, 2018.


Awarded projects have an expected start date of March 1, 2018.

The (SRU) and the Center for the Study of Community Health will fund up to 4 survey project proposals for a total of $30,000.


Four-page proposals are due December 31, 2017. Proposals must include the research hypotheses to be tested, the significance of the hypotheses, methodology to be employed, and the primary data to be collected through a telephone survey. Data collection is not limited to health-related information or to residents of Alabama.


The award will cover SRU staff time required for the development and implementation of the survey instrument.


This opportunity is open to all full-time UAB faculty. Proposals will be reviewed and selected for funding by a committee appointed by the SRU Executive Committee. Please submit inquiries and project proposals to:  CSCH_ROSA@UAB.EDU


Awardees are expected to analyze and use the ROSA data to produce abstracts, posters, presentations, publications, and funding proposals within one year.


Proposals are due December 31, 2017.


Projects will be awarded by February 1, 2018

The DRC Summer Research Fellowship for Medical Students program awards up to 6 students approximately $3,600 for the minimum 8 weeks of active research; however, for each additional week the student will receive another $450 to a maximum of 12 weeks, over a period of time between June and August each year. 

The training period will include:  a full time summer hands-on research laboratory experience and a seminar program.    August 1-2, 2018, at the end of the fellowship, they will travel to Nashville, TN to present the poster at Vanderbilt University with medical students from other institutions conducting diabetes related research.  Travel expenses for this are paid for as a part of this fellowship. In addition, together with the chosen mentor, each student will be expected to prepare and submit an abstract of their work and subsequently present a poster and/or oral presentation for the UAB Dale J. Benos Medical Student Research Day in October 2018.

The support for this fellowship is made possible by the DRC, a research center grant funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (P30 DK 079626) and the Student Research Training Program  (T32 DK 062710) directed by  W. Timothy Garvey, MD. 

Please contact Dr. Tim Garvey ( or Eva Gilliam (; 205-996-7433) with any questions.

Save the Date—The American Diabetes Association 78th Scientific Sessions -June 22-26, 2018 in Orlando, Florida.


Abstracts that have been accepted for presentation (poster or oral presentation) at the American Diabetes Association are reviewed for the UAB DRC-ADA Travel Award every year during the month of March.  The award consists of up to $1,000 that can be used for travel, lodging, and/or registration but not for food or incidentals.

This award helps support travel to the ADA National Scientific Meetings for approximately 10 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows who will be presenting their original research at these meetings.


Abstract submissions to the ADA will open October 2, 2017. Registration and Housing will open in early-December, 2017.


Please submit your abstracts and the ADA acceptance letter/email when received no later than March 23, 2018 to Eva Gilliam




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