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​Current OVPRED News

  • 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.

​Announcements

  • NIH Extramural Nexus Updates - November 2016

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

    • R01 and R21 Applications & Awards: Trends and Relationships Across NIH
    • Additional Guidance Available on NRSA Stipends for Postdocs
    • How Many Researchers Were Supported by NIH as Trainees?
    • Final Research Performance Progress Reports (Final RPPRs) in Use in 2017
    • NIH Seeks Public Input on Data Sharing and Data Management
    • New Application Instructions and Important Reminders for Appendix Sections and Post-submission Materials
    • New Tools and Information to Support Scientific Workforce Diversity in Extramural Programs
    • Build Mentor/Mentee Connections with MyNRMN
    • Is Prior Approval Required to Change the Level of Effort for Key Personnel on a Grant Award?
    • During a No-cost Extension, Is There a Minimum Effort Requirement for Key Personnel Named in the Notice of Award, Other than the PI?
    • NIH Closed for Federal Holidays: December 26, 2016 & January 2, 2017

    Attachments:
    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 12/07/16
  • Quarterly Release Date for Commons, ASSIST, IAR Moved to Jan. 18, 2017

    eRA's quarterly release date for winter will be moved one day earlier than previously scheduled. The release will now occur on January 18, 2017. The date was moved to ensure functionality availability one day prior to Inauguration Day. ASSIST, eRA Commons, IAR and releated services will be unavailable beginning at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, January 18 and ending no later than 7 a.m. on Thursday, January 19.
     
    All eRA release maintenance dates are available for review on the eRA Deployment and Maintenance Calendar. Click the iCal icon on the calendar page to add this calendar to your own.
    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 12/07/16
  • 2017 Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Program

    ​​UAB has been invited to nominate an early stage investigator for the 2017 Rita Allen Foundation Scholars ProgramThe full application is not due until January 20, but our office has to formally nominate UAB’s candidate by December 9. 
     
    It is asked that interested investigators please discuss with the Chair or Division Director and then contact Dr Kent Keyser by Wednesday, December 7th with a 1 page summary of the project and a 2 paragraph assessment of the candidate, signed by the Chair or division director.
     
    We apologize for the short timeline. 
    Posted by Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development | 12/02/16
  • ​Victoria Leslie Cooper, CIP, named Director of the Office of the Institutional Review Board (OIRB)

    Victoria Leslie Cooper, CIP, has been named director of the UAB Office of the IRB (OIRB) effective January 1, 2017.  Leslie comes to this position with over 17 years of experience in human research protections.  Over 13 years of that experience is with the OIRB, having previously held positions of assistant director and associate director in the OIRB.
     
    During her tenure in the OIRB, Leslie has coordinated submissions of industry-sponsored trials to Western IRB (WIRB).  More recently, Leslie has been a leader in the field as human research protection programs develop single and central IRBs.
    Posted by Office of the Institutional Review Board for Human Use | 12/02/16
  • OSP News and Updates - November 29, 2016

    • Unit Assignments/OSP: OSP Officers are assigned by unit to more evenly distribute the workload.  The listing will help you identify the appropriate contact(s) when you need assistance in proposal preparation, contract assignment, or help with post award issues and questions.
    • Training Needs Survey: OSP would like your feedback on campus training needs in the area of sponsored projects.  We encourage you to complete this short survey so that we can develop a comprehensive training program. 
    • Fee for Service (FFS)- Amended policy for research related FFS to be retroactive to 7/1/16: The F&A rate is changing from 30% to 15%.  Executed fee-for-service agreements assessed at the 30% F&A rate will be retroactively corrected to 15% F&A rate.  To assist the campus in determining to which office to send your FFS, we have developed a decision tree.  Please note submission through OSP requires completion and attachment of the Extramural Checklist including the Responsible Personnel List.
    • Uniform Guidance (UG) Brochure: A Uniform Guidance Quick Guide brochure has been developed with faculty and administrators in mind.  This brochure highlights the most important aspects of UG that faculty need to know regarding federal funding.  We hope you find it useful. Please print 2-sided in color for best effect.
    • At-Risk Accounts for Industry Sponsored Clinical Trial Agreements: Along with three academic departments, OSP, the IRAP support team, and GCA have been piloting a pending account process for industry sponsored clinical trial agreements for the last several months.  “At-Risk Accounts” (aka “Pending Accounts”) are used to assist in tracking the actual cost of conducting a clinical trial, therefore, it is very important that the clinical departments use the At-Risk Account to facilitate appropriate accounting for expenditures associated with study activation including, study start-up fees and personnel expenses. 
      Effective January 1, 2017, this process will be rolled out across campus.

      What is the Process?
      1. OSP receives your complete submission; including a signed Extramural Checklist for an Industry sponsored clinical trial.
      2. The OSP Officer reviews the Extramural Checklist and updates IRAP, which triggers a notification to grants and contracts accounting.
      3. Accounting sets up the At-Risk Account and notifies the PI/department. The start date of the pending/at risk account will be 1 year prior to the receipt date of the checklist by OSP to enable sites to charge activities related to study start up. And the account will remain ‘pending’ for 1 year after creation unless the account is either activated or terminated.
      4. Department/Site applies start-up charges to the new account and then continues to use when becomes active. This includes start-up fees for IRB, Pharmacy, Radiology, etc., as well as personnel expenses associated with the time required for study activation procedures.
    • Reminder Regarding Revised Responsible Personnel List (RPL) Instructions: Revised RPL submissions are submitted when you are adding or removing responsible personnel from an existing project.  When submitting a Revised RPL, please only include the names of those Responsible individuals being added to or removed from the project. For each individual, list the name, BlazerID, and project role and check the Add or Remove box, as applicable.  Do not list everyone on the proposal; only list changes.  For full instructions, please click here.
    Attachments:
    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 11/29/16
  • Final RPPR To Be Used Effective Jan. 1, 2017

    The Final Research Performance Progress Report (F-RPPR) will replace the Final Progress Report (FPR) for grants closeout, effective January 1, 2017.  The F-RPPR will be available for use in eRA Commons on January 1, 2017. For small businesses, the new F-RPPR will be in effect at least 2 months later, due to the unique final reporting requirements that they face under the SBIR/STTR policy directive. If you have a final progress report due, and you wish to use the old FPR format of an uploaded document, you must submit the FPR before January 1, 2017. NIH will no longer accept any of the old format FPRs on or after January 1, 2017.
     
    For more information, see Guide Notice NOT-OD-17-022. Visit the NIH RPPR web page, and check out November’s eRA Items of Interest article
    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 11/25/16
  • UAB Effort Reporting Policy FAQs Published

    UAB has recently published Effort Reporting Procedures in the UAB Policy Library.  Subsequent to its publication, additional information has been added in the form of FAQs.  These FAQs have been appended to the bottom of the page. 
    The Effort Reporting Pocedures page can be found in the UAB Policies and Procedures  Library here:   
    http://www.uab.edu/policies/content/Pages/UAB-UC-PRO-0000778.aspx.  Please note that additional FAQs may be added over time, so please reference the official page for any updates.
     
     
    Posted by Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development | 11/16/16
  • NIH Notices - November 14, 2016

    Notices:

    • Adjustment to Stipend Levels for Postdoctoral Trainees and Fellows on Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA)
      (NOT-OD-17-002) National Institutes of Health

    See the full web version of these notices and more here.

    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 11/14/16
  • NIH eRA items of Interest - November 2016

    The latest NIH eRA Items of Interest for November 2016 is now available.
     
    Included Topics:
    Review the attached PDF or visit the NIH eRA Items of Interest page for more information.
    Posted by | 11/09/16
  • Selection process for UAB NSF Major Research Instrumentation Grant Now Open

    NSF Major Research Instrumentation grant applications are due at NSF on January 11th, 2017.
     
    Further information is available at this link: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5260 
     
    UAB is allowed up to three submissions, two for instrument acquisition and one for instrument development. In the event that more than 3 groups express interest, the VP for Research Office will assemble a panel to select the three UAB proposals.
     
    If you are interested, please submit a letter of intent including an abstract for the NSF MRI proposal, biosketches for each of the lead faculty, and a list of participants, to Dr. Kent Keyser (kkeyser@uab.edu) by 5 p.m. on Monday, November 21, 2016.
     
    Submitters will be notified of the selection panel's decision by December 1.
    Posted by Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development | 11/03/16