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​Current OVPRED News

  • Steven M. Rowe, MD, MSPH
    Steven M. Rowe, MD, MSPH, Professor of Medicine, Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine, and Physiology & Biophysics, has been chosen as Center Director effective August 1, 2015. The Gregory Fleming James Cystic Fibrosis Research Center (CFRC) was established in 1981, with the mission to provide a comprehensive, multidisciplinary understanding of CF pathogenesis, advance innovative therapies, and ultimately identify a cure for the disease.
  • Image of checkboxes specifying agreement or no agreement
    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.

UAB News​:  Research Focus

Birmingham's top women in tech: Kathy Nugent
As the head of the commercialization wing of research coming out of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Nugent is forming a new strategy to turn research into more economic development opportunities and attract more venture capital into Birmingham.
Game on
Mark Ingram forges a future for the Blazers.
National Institutes of Health renews $33M grant for UAB research
UAB's CCTS serves as the backbone for clinical research at the academic medical institution, conducting work that has positive impacts on many other research centers within the school.
NIH awards nearly $34 million to UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science
This renewing of UAB’s prestigious Center for Translational Science Award will bolster research and workforce development at UAB and throughout its regional partner network in the Southeast.
UAB names McMahon dean of Graduate School
Lori McMahon, Ph.D., will enrich excellence and innovation in graduate education through professional and career-development initiatives and lead collaborative efforts for recruitment and outreach with various academic units to attract highly qualified students.

​Announcements

  • Steven M. Rowe, MD, MSPH, appointed Director of the Gregory Fleming James Cystic Fibrosis Research Center

    Steven M. Rowe, MD, MSPH, Professor of Medicine, Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine, and Physiology & Biophysics, has been chosen as Center Director effective August 1, 2015. The Gregory Fleming James Cystic Fibrosis Research Center (CFRC) was established in 1981, with the mission to provide a comprehensive, multidisciplinary understanding of CF pathogenesis, advance innovative therapies, and ultimately identify a cure for the disease.
    Posted by Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development | 07/16/15
  • 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 askosp@uab.edu.

    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 askosp@uab.edu.
    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 http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/ReportsManualsForms/Forms/ListFormsAlphabetically/ 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 grants.gov. The link to access the OSP dropbox is OSP Drop Box for Electronic Submissions to Grants.gov . 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 askosp@uab.edu

    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 osp@uab.edu. 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 Grants.gov

    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 grants.gov. The new link to access the OSP dropbox is OSP Drop Box for Electronic Submission to Grants.gov (https://irap-apps.ad.uab.edu/OSPDropbox). 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 askosp@uab.edu.  
    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
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