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​Current Research Administration 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.


  • Input from Faculty and Core Users Requested

    The UAB Faculty Senate Research Committee is seeking institution-wide input from UAB faculty and Core users on the best way to achieve our institutional research goals.
    Please provide your constructive comments and suggestions below on the UAB Spark website: You will be required to log in with your blazerid to access the site. If you would like an idea posted anonymously, please contact moderators Karen Gamble at, Zdenek Hel at or David Chaplin at
    Posted by UAB Faculty Senate | 02/20/17
  • Call for Abstracts for UAB Health Disparities Research Symposium

    The UAB Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center (MHRC) will host the 12th annual UAB Health Disparities Research Symposium, on May 3, 2017 at the DoubleTree Hotel. This year's symposium will take an in-depth look at the role of social determinants in population health.
    The symposium showcases the work being done to reduce health inequities in Alabama, the south, and the U.S. It provides an overview of the latest in health disparities research. Scientists and scholars look to it as an excellent opportunity to share discoveries, new approaches, and successful models.
    Abstracts for original health disparities research by investigators, students, and community partners are now being accepted. In addition to the fields of basic science, clinical research, social and behavioral science, community-based and health outcomes research, abstract submissions are encouraged for social determinants of health, behavioral and biological mechanisms of health disparities, community-based approaches to health, health policy, and population health. The deadline for abstracts is Friday, March 3.
    Featured speakers include Catarina Kiefe, Phd, MD, the Chair of Department of Quantitative Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Medical School.
    Dr. Kiefe combines the rigor of mathematics with the needs of clinical medicine. She draws upon the intellectual curiosity and drive for discovery that marked her early career as an abstract researcher, using it to help her lead an applied research program with the objective of improving healthcare outcomes for individuals and populations.
    Jeroan Allison, MD, MS is Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he also serves as Associate Vice Provost for Health Disparities Research. Dr. Allison’s research focuses on quality measurement, implementation science, and statistical methodology, with an emphasis on eliminating racial/ethnic disparities in medical care and health outcomes. 
    The 2017 UAB Health Disparities Research Symposium is produced by the UAB Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center and co-sponsored by two national centers for health disparities research: Mid-South Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center, led by Mona Fouad, MD, MPH Director of Professor, UAB Division of Preventive Medicine and Director of the UAB MHRC, and Gulf States Health Policy Center, led by Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA, Founder and CEO of BayouClinic and 18th U.S. Surgeon General.

    Posted by Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center | 02/20/17
  • UAB-HudsonAlpha Genomic Medicine Post-Doctoral Training Program

    The Helflin Center for Genomic Sciences is currently accepting applications for the NHGRI funded UAB-HudsonAlpha Genomic Medicine Post-doctoral training program.  The purpose of this training grant is to recruit postdoctoral trainees from various disciplines and provide mentorship and clinical research training in genomic medicine.  Trainees will receive a monthly stipend, tuition and fees assistance, health insurance and travel funds (at NIH-defined level).
    Sponsor: National Human Genome Research Institute
    Deadline: April 1st, 2017
    To read about eligibility, deadline and to apply please visit  
    Contact: Shaila Handattu PhD, MBA
    Posted by Heflin Center for Genomic Science | 02/17/17
  • New Effort Reporting LMS Course for the New Year

    In conjunction with the implementation of the revised Effort Reporting Policy and Procedures effective October 1, 2016, a new effort reporting training module is now available in the UAB Learning System (LMS) system.
    This course is required of all employees who must certify effort on sponsored project(s) (UAB Project Employees, excluding non-exempt/biweekly paid employees) and Departmental Effort Officers (DEOs). Additionally, the school/college dean’s offices may elect to assign this training to other employees that may benefit from the course information as well.  The expectation is this course should be completed prior to certifying effort or distributing effort reports (i.e., before the 3/31/17 end date of the current effort reporting period). For those required to complete this training, the course was automatically assigned in the LMS system in early January 2017.  Those individuals received an email from with the subject line, “New Assignment in the UAB Learning System”.
    Posted by University Compliance Office | 02/14/17
  • Free Training Sessions for NSF CAREER Awards

    The UAB College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to again offer campus-wide training to junior faculty planning to apply for a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award. The NSF awards CAREER research grants to new faculty at universities who are at the rank of Assistant Professor (or equivalent) in any of the broad science and social science disciplines that are eligible for NSF grants.  
    Posted by College of Arts and Sciences | 02/14/17
  • NIH Extramural Nexus Updates - January 2017

    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 02/06/17
  • Cicso Research Programs and RFPs

    ​​Cisco Research has released several new RFPs and seeks proposals from leading academic research groups.  Interested researchers are encouraged to also visit their site for additional information on the latest Secure & Private Internet of Things RFP.
    Posted by Office of the Vice President for Research | 02/03/17
  • Revised IRB Forms, Changes Regarding Witness Signatures, and Genomic Data Sharing Policy

    Revisions to IRB Forms
    The UAB Office of the IRB (OIRB) has revised the Human Subjects Protocol (FOR200) and Sample Consent Form (FOR206) to reflect updated guidance and necessary corrections throughout. Please begin using these forms immediately. The outdated version of the Human Subjects Protocol will no longer be accepted as of March 1, 2017.
    NIH Genomic Data Sharing (GDS) Policy
    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued the Genomic Data Sharing Policy (GDS Policy) effective January 25, 2015. The GDS Policy applies to all NIH-funded research that generates large-scale human or non-human genomic data, as well as the future use of the data. This policy describes the responsibilities of investigators and institutions for the submission of human and non-human genomic data to data repositories and the secondary research use of such data as well as expectations regarding intellectual property.
    The UAB IRB website has been updated to include information regarding this policy and the requirements for submission.
    Click here to learn more about the UAB IRB requirements related to the GDS Policy.
    Revision to UAB Procedure 113 regarding the Witness Signature on the consent form
    The UAB Procedure 113 has been revised to reflect the witness signature is not always required by the UAB IRB. If a study will enroll illiterate participants or use a Short Form, the witness signature is required. If required by the sponsor or requested for some other reason, the justification should be described in the Human Subjects Protocol. The convened IRB may also request a witness signature based on the nature of the study.
    New studies:
    Beginning immediately, new studies submitted to the IRB may reflect this change.
    Ongoing studies:
    Note that no changes to ongoing studies may be initiated without IRB review and approval except when necessary to eliminate apparent immediate hazards to the subject. The approved protocol, including consent/assent procedures must be followed until changes (including the change in witness signature requirement described above) are approved by the IRB. Please follow the instructions below for the IRB to review and approve these changes for ongoing studies.
    UAB IRB reviewed studies:
    You may either submit your revision at any time via a Project Revision/Amendment Form (PRAF) or at the time of continuing review on the Investigator’s Progress Report (IPR).
    If submitting the revisions via a PRAF, do the following:
    1. Submit the PRAF with this change as the only item for review. Please do not include other changes to your ongoing study with this change as this will slow down the review.
    2. On the PRAF under item #4, mark Protocol revision and Revise or amend consent, assent form(s).
    3. Under item #5.c, paste the following information into the PRAF as applicable to help expedite the IRB’s review (include only one of the below options):
      • This protocol is currently approved with a witness signature required on the consent form(s). Because all participants are literate, I would like to remove the witness signature line from the consent form(s).
    4. Include tracked changes and clean versions of all revised consent forms.
    If submitting the revisions via the IPR at the time of continuing review, do the following:
    1. On the IPR (version 6/25/15) under item #10.c, mark “Yes” and paste the following information as applicable (include only one of the below options):
      • This protocol is currently approved with a witness signature required on the consent form(s). Because all participants are literate, I request the witness signature line be removed from the consent form(s).
    2. Include tracked changes and clean versions of any revised consent forms.
    Posted by Office of the Institutional Review Board for Human Use | 02/01/17
  • Request for student projects for online Research Project Database

    ​A consolidated online database has been developed by the UAB chapter of the American Physician Scientists Association (APSA) to host all research projects available to students (medical, graduate, undergraduate, etc.) in an effort to streamline the process of matching students with faculty for work on specific research projects.  
    This database was designed to minimize the time and effort required for faculty to post projects while also increasing visibility to all potentially interested students; thereby, increasing the probability of faculty members securing students to work on identified projects.
    Posted by Medical Scientist Training Program | 01/27/17
  • University Compliance Office Announces January 2017 Compliance 411

    The University Compliance Office announces publication of the January 2017 issue of their quarterly newsletter, Compliance 411, focusing on UAB’s commitment to maintaining a safe environment for all students, faculty, employees, patients, visitors, and volunteers and including a reminder about the new required Effort Reporting training.
    Posted by University Compliance Office | 01/19/17