Interdisciplinary Innovation Forum

Interdisciplinary research is a key to unlocking the future. The world's biggest problems will be solved through the collaboration of faculty, staff, and students in a variety of academic fields. The College is dedicated to developing and supporting these efforts.

The Interdisciplinary Innovation Forums provide opportunities for faculty members across the UAB campus to network with each and with external entities to promote innovation, transformation, and excellence in our research programs. Participating faculty come from the College of Arts and Sciences and the Schools of Education, Business, Engineering, Health Professions, Medicine, Optometry, Dentistry, and Public Health. Other participants come from the UAB Research Foundation (UABRF) and Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA).

Be a Part of the Future

The College is now soliciting Interdisciplinary Team Proposals. Available awards will be valued at up to $30,000 for a maximum duration of up to one year.

Participation is a key ingredient to the future success of the forums. Presentations and other materials from past forums are available on this site. Researchers are invited to propose future topics for discussion and research.

Interdisciplinary Innovation Team Proposals

The College of Arts and Sciences organizes monthly innovation forums to focus on some of the world's biggest problems where interdisciplinary innovations could have a significant impact and where UAB has existing strengths/interests. These interdisciplinary innovation forums are held in collaboration with faculty from the Schools of Business, Dentistry, Engineering, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, Optometry, and Public Health, as well as representatives of the UAB Research Foundation and the Birmingham Business Alliance.

Phase I of this initiative are the monthly innovation forums, which will continue into the future.

As part of Phase II, the College is now issuing a call for interdisciplinary team proposals. Available awards will be valued at up to $30,000 for a maximum duration of up to one year. An application guideline is available for download.

Submission Deadlines and Questions

The deadline for this year’s competition is Monday, November 2nd, 2020. Please e-mail completed applications to Yogesh Vohra, CAS Associate Dean for Research This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We look forward to receiving your ideas for the CAS Interdisciplinary Team Awards.


Yogesh K. Vohra
Professor & University Scholar; Associate Dean
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(205) 934-6662

Past Innovation Forums


NanoBio Summit

October 15-16, 2015

Program Booklet


Mathematical Biology

April 8, 2014

Read about the April 2014 Interdisciplinary Innovation Forum April 2014 Interdisciplinary Innovation Forum.


Middle-Infrared Laser Technologies for Environment, Health, and Medicine

May 14, 2013

Interdisciplinary Team Presentations

April 26, 2013

Quantum Computers

January 16, 2013

Haddin Arts & Sciences Forum

The Theodore Haddin Arts and Sciences Forum is an ongoing lecture series at UAB's College of Arts and Sciences. It is a venue for Arts and Sciences faculty to talk about their research with their colleagues, students, and members of the public, and is designed to celebrate faculty work and to launch new conversations.

Each academic year, the Forum presents a series of five to six informal lectures from a cross-section of departments in the university. The main criterion for inclusion is that the topics presented be of interest to a broad range of faculty members, students, and the public. Meetings of the Haddin Forum are free and open to the public. All forums will take place in Heritage Hall, room 126 unless otherwise noted. Lunch is provided.

Faculty interested in presenting should submit an abstract of their proposed presentation (400-600 words) to Associate Dean David Schwebel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The Dean’s Office will work with a faculty committee to review submissions and select proposals that best reflect the diversity of thought and scholarship in the College. Priority will be given to junior faculty members and to faculty members from departments who have not offered presentations in the past two years.

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