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  • IRAP -  the Intergrated Research Administration Portal
    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.
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    ​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.
  • 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.
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    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.


  • 2017 Funding Available Now for Medical Rehab Studies via REACT Center Pilot Studies

    The 2017 REACT Center Pilot Award Request for Applications is now live!
    The central goal of the REACT Center Pilot Studies Program is to catalyze the success of medical rehabilitation researchers and interdisciplinary teams by providing consultation, seed funds, key expertise and resources for the conduct of innovative pilot projects, early-stage proof-of-concept studies, and futility studies needed to shape more definitive clinical trials.
    Visit our website for more information at: REACT.Center
    Please contact us ( with questions.
    Posted by REACT Center | 10/17/16
  • OSP Makes it Easier to Find Your Contact

    The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) recently improved and diversified available resources aiding UAB’s research community in contacting the appropriate OSP officer or specialist based on your organization and submission.
    OSP Workload Distribution by Organization
    Our Contact Us page now hosts a new OSP Workload Distribution by Organization Report (PDF). The report functions as a directory containing columns for the officer and specialist representing each area within OSP (e.g. Federal, Industry) and rows for each department or division. Simply locate the row for your organization and scan right until you find the officer or specialist corresponding to the sponsor type of your submission.
    Additional Resources:
    Additional Questions?
    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 10/14/16
  • 2017 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists

    ​UAB has been invited to nominate one outstanding candidate in each of the three disciplinary categories: Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry. One nominee in each category will be awarded $250,000 and be named a 2017 Blavatnik National Laureate.

    Posted by Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development | 10/14/16
  • NIH eRA Items of Interest - October 2016

    The latest NIH eRA Items of Interest for October 2016 is now available.
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    Review the attached PDF or visit the NIH eRA Items of Interest page for more information.
    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 10/13/16
  • Center for Palliative and Supportive Care Announce 2016-2017 PREP Pilot Awards

    The Division of Geriatrics, Gerontology, and Palliative Medicine Center for Palliative and Supportive Care is pleased to announce the 2016 Palliative Research Enhancement Project “PREP” awardees. The three UAB investigators will receive funding for their pilot proposals which incorporate palliative, supportive, or survivorship care.
    The three awardees and their respective proposals are:
    Rita Jablonski-Jaudon, PhD: Clinician and Consumer Perspectives Regarding Advance Care Planning (ACP) Best-Practice Conversations at Four Different Stages of Dementia
    Anand Iyer, MD: ENABLE: COPD-PC - Developing a Palliative Care Intervention for Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and their Caregivers
    Noha Sharafeldin, MD: Intervention strategies to improve cognitive functioning in hematologic cancer survivors after hematopoietic cell transplantation
    We are thankful for the continued assistance provided by the UAB clinical and research community allowing us to fulfill our mission: The mission of PREP is to fund the UAB community in innovative research; contributing to the evidence base of palliative and supportive care and enhancing the prospect for external funding opportunities.

    To date, the PREP pilot program has awarded over $180,000 towards 10 innovative projects helping to secure over $900,000 in external funding.
    Posted by Division of Geriatrics Gerontology and Palliative Medicine | 10/12/16
  • RFA for 2017 Institutional Core Facility Program Announced

    The UAB Institutional Core Facility Program is intended to promote the 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.
    Deadline for Applications is 5:00PM November 14, 2016
    Posted by Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development | 10/10/16
  • Registration is Open for the HIV in Women Research Symposium

    Register now to attend the Inter-CFAR Joint Symposium on HIV Research in Women at the UAB Hill University Center on December 6-7, 2016. The goal of the joint symposia is to identify gaps in knowledge in research on HIV and women and to develop strategies that will advance the field. The meeting is open to investigators at all levels. 
    Posted by Center for AIDS Research | 10/07/16
  • NIH Extramural Nexus Updates - September 2016

    The NIH Extramural Nexus Updates for September 2016 are now available. Some highlighted stories include:

    • Building Better Clinical Trials through Stewardship and Transparency
    • Improving Visibility of NIH-supported Clinical Trial Activities and Results
    • Measuring Impact of NIH-supported Publications with a New Metric: the Relative Citation Ratio
    • NIH Center for Scientific Review Hosts Webinars on Peer Review
    • New on “All About Grants”: NIH’s Loan Repayment Program
    • Updated Resource for Biosafety Assessment Now Available
    • FAQ: What’s My (Application) Type?
    • FAQ: How Can I Request More Funding for My Current Project?
    • October 10 (Monday), 2016: NIH Closed for Federal Holiday
    • 15-17 — NIH and HHS Small Business Research Conference Coming to Orlando
    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 10/04/16
  • NIH Notices – October 3, 2016

    • NIH Peer Review Online Briefings for Fellowship and R01 Grant Applicants, and Basic Research Grant Applicants and Reviewers
      (NOT-OD-16-152) National Institutes of Health
    • NIAID Policy: Investigator-Initiated Clinical Trials
      (NOT-AI-16-084) National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
    • Notice of Correction to Application and Submission Information for PAR-16-402 "NHLBI Program Project Applications (P01)"
      (NOT-HL-16-446) National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
    View these and other NIH Notices in more detail here.
    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 10/03/16
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Multiple Program Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) Policy

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality have announced a policy affecting the acceptance of Multiple Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) in appropriate research grant applications. This policy is effective with new applications submitted on or after October 1, 2016.

    Topics discussed within the policy announcement include:

    • Availability of Multiple-PD/PI Model
    • Change from an active single-PD/PI to a multiple-PD/PI award, or changes in the number or makeup of multiple-PD/PIs.
    • Change from an active multiple-PD/PI to a single-PD/PI award.
    • Deciding When to Use the Multiple-PD/PI Model

    Please review the original policy notice here (NOT-HS-16-018) for more details.

    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 09/26/16