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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.
  • Health and Human Services Logo
    ​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.
  • 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

Spain Rehab Women’s Committee hosts ‘Firefly’ fundraiser
The Women’s Committee of the Spain Rehabilitation Center will host its signature benefit and Valentine’s Day celebration, “The Firefly,” on Saturday, Feb. 13, at The Florentine at 6 p.m.
Raise some dough for Pediatric Heart Transplant Study Foundation
Enjoy great pizza and help raise some dough for the Pediatric Heart Transplant Study Foundation at Slice Birmingham.
New study finds relationship between lifetime marijuana use and loss of verbal memory in middle-aged adults
A new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine looks at the relationship between lifetime marijuana use and cognitive function in middle-aged adults.
Frans de Waal named recipient of 2016 Ireland Distinguished Visiting Scholar Award
Internationally renowned primatologist Frans de Waal will give his lecture titled “Are We Smart Enough To Know How Smart Animals Are?” on Thursday, March 31, at 4 p.m., in the UAB Hill Student Center Ballroom.
UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center to host ArtBLINK Gala 2016
UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center holds annual ArtBLINK Gala to support high-priority research and provide patient and family assistance.

​Announcements

  • REACT Center Survey: What Can We Do For You?

    The REACT Center is requesting input which will help better meet the needs of the rehabilitation research community and direct activities of the new National Resource Center for High-Impact Clinical Trials in Medical Rehabilitation (NIH grant P2CHD086851). They have posted a brief  medical rehabilitation clinical trials needs assessment survey. The Center will base education materials, workshops, and collaborative opportunities on survey results; thus guidance from the research community is central to its mission. 
     
    Posted by Center for Exercise Medicine | 02/04/16
  • Reminder Regarding ASSIST Grant Applications

    As the February 5th deadline for new NIH R01 submissions approaches, OSP would like to remind you that all competing, single-project NIH grant applications can now be submitted through ASSIST.
    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 01/25/16
  • Request for Nominations for Director of the Center for Structural Biology (CSB)

    ​The UAB CSB Internal Search Committee invites nominations of UAB faculty members for the position of Director of the Center for Structural Biology (CSB). The CSB was established in 2011, and is one of 24 University-wide Interdisciplinary Research Centers (UWIRCs); it has been led by Lawrence J. DeLucas, Ph.D., since its inception. The mission of the Center for Structural Biology is to support research and education through exploration of structure/function relationships for biological macromolecules and the development of novel technologies for biomedical research which enhance UAB’s basic and translational research goals. Center membership includes more than 125 faculty and non-faculty members and hosts a number of on-site core facilities, as well as access to a national laboratory x-ray beam. The Director will oversee all of the interdisciplinary center activities, be a member of the Council of Center Directors and be responsible for interfacing with participating schools and managing the budget. Nominations, including self-nominations, should include a CV and a one (1) page summary outlining the qualifications of the proposed Director and summarizing ideas and plans if appointed to the position. The decision will be made after review and interviews by the Search Committee. Nominations should be submitted to Jamie Seitz (jbseitz@uab.edu) by Friday, January 29, 2016.
    Posted by Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development | 01/19/16
  • ASSIST Now an Option for All NIH Competing Grant Applications and Some Post-Award Administrative Actions

    ASSIST is now an option for all single and multi-project, competing grant applications; single-project administrative supplements; single-project, post-award successor-in-interest (type 6) requests; and single-project, post-award change of institution (type 7) requests.
    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 01/14/16
  • Important NIH Notices

    • Updates to NIH & AHRQ Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPR) to Address Rigor and Transparency
      (NOT-OD-16-031) National Institutes of Health
      Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

    • New Salary and Research Cost Allowances for K08 and K23 Career Development Awards
      (NOT-OD-16-032) National Institutes of Health

    • Advanced Notice of Coming Requirements for Formal Instruction in Rigorous Experimental Design and Transparency to Enhance Reproducibility: NIH and AHRQ Institutional Training Grants and Individual Fellowships
      (NOT-OD-16-034) National Institutes of Health
      Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 01/14/16
  • NIH eSubmission Items of Interest

    NIH eSubmissions Items of Interest for January 5, 2016. ASSIST support has expanded for single-project grant applications in 2015. ASSIST copy application feature is now enhanced to copy attachments. New application forms and policy changes will soon take effect for on January 25, 2016.
    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 01/14/16
  • NIH Update: Incoming Applications, Due Dates; NIH's Strategic Plans; Considering Variables in Pre-Clinical Research

    The latest updates from NIH Extramural Nexus for December 2015 and January 2016 containing relevant announcements and notices have been released. Topics include incoming applications, due dates; NIH's strategic plans; and considering variables in pre-clinical research.
    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 01/14/16
  • Announcing The 2017 Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Opportunity

    The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium is now seeking applicants for the 2017 National Sea Grant College Program Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. The fellowship is funded through the National Sea Grant Office and administered through individual state Sea Grant programs. Knauss Fellows spend a year in marine policy-related positions in the legislative and executive branches of the federal government in Washington D.C. Past fellows have worked in the offices of U.S. Senators and Representatives, on Congressional subcommittees, and at agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
    Posted by Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development | 12/15/15
  • MTO Change in Process for Finalized Agreement Documents

    The Material Transfer Office is changing the process for providing finalized agreements to the campus. Previously the finalized documents were emailed to the investigator, now the investigator will be notified that the finalized agreement is available for viewing through an eReport.

    Details can be found on the IRAP Website.

    Posted by Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development | 12/10/15
  • Jonathan Miller Joins UAB OVPRED

    Jonathan Miller has joined the UAB Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development as assistant vice president for research administration operations and systems, moving from the UAB Office of the Institutional Review Board (IRB). Leslie Cooper, associate director of the IRB, has been named interim director. Leslie has worked in the Office of the IRB since 2003.
    Posted by Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development | 12/04/15
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