In 2018, the COERE, in collaboration with the CCTS, and UAB Department of Medicine, provided funds to establish the UAB Scientific Community of Outcomes Researchers (SCOR) to provide a physical home to investigators and staff conducting OER mission-focused research. By cultivating a community of co-located like-minded scholars, structured and unstructured interactions facilitate the transfer of knowledge, promotion of synergies, and generation of novel questions, ideas and collaborations to advance science, wellness, and health, spanning prevention and treatment and diverse content areas. Research training and professional development are central tenets of the SCOR, including dynamic interactions among inter-professional pre- and post-doctoral trainees, early-career investigators, senior scientists, and staff. An outwardly facing entity, SCOR works synergistically in conjunction with Divisions, Departments, Schools and Centers across the UAB campus and in collaboration with mission-aligned organizations across the country and around the world.  SCOR has introduced three new programs to address gaps in resources for investigators: GRIT, LEAD, and DRIVEN.

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Grant Writing InTensive (GRIT) Cohort

The need to coach investigators in grant writing is apparent because of the high demand of the program.  Through a multistep process and partnering with CCTS, Scholars will begin a structured 6-month program that begins with a Nascent Project Panel (NPP) where they will summarize their T or K findings and vet the scope and science to panels of scientific and methodologic experts in order to solicit feedback on their research ideas. Following the NPP, those Scholars ready to write their first application will attend a Specific Aims workshop where they will work with members of their mentoring team as well as senior faculty to construct a succinct and compelling draft Specific Aims page.

Once their aims are final, Scholars will work with the BERD to finalize the study design, sample size, and analytic plan for their applications. In parallel Scholars will begin working with a team of SCOR faculty and leadership to draft full level applications for review by the Panels Done Quickly (PDQ) group. The PDQ will internally vet the application and provide review and comments on the entire application from the scientific question, to feasibility, budget, and human subjects concerns. This intensive process will provide Scholars with grantsmanship and creativity mentoring, statistical consulting, assistance with figures/graphics, budget development, and human subjects/regulatory development.

Learn Enhance Advance Drive (LEAD)

This is a one-year, cohort-based program is designed to enable junior faculty and director level staff to enhance their interpersonal skills, professional skills, and leadership skills.  The program uses the Leadership Competency Model to provide the framework for the chosen topics.  The cohort meets face to face for 1.5-2 hours monthly to learn about themselves, to enhance their interpersonal effectiveness, to advance objectives through building quality teams, and to learn to drive change.   In between the monthly sessions, participants will complete tasks they set as part of their goal setting activity. 

At the end of the year-long program, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate 5 areas their leadership improved.
  • Apply concepts to enrich their leadership and personal effectiveness.
  • Incorporate tools to enhance their management and measure effectiveness.
  • Implement strategies to continue to build leadership skills.

Driving Research: An Interdisciplinary, Vibrant, Engaged Network (DRIVEN)

Our mission is to cultivate a community of interdisciplinary clinical and translational investigators and promote their individual and collective professional development, recognition, and advancement to foster an inclusive, equitable and diverse research workforce.

We focus on the following mission-aligned activities centered upon optimizing the culture around inclusion, equity and diversity in the clinical and translational research faculty at UAB:

  • To identify, support and promote Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) faculty award recognition and leadership program participation locally, regionally and nationally
  • To identify, support and promote senior faculty representation on DEI-focused regional, national, and international scientific advisory committees of foundation, professional society, and federal programs
  • To identify opportunities and support the development of competitive DEI-focused foundation, professional society, and federal grant applications
  • To support the academic advancement, promotion and tenure among DRIVEN community
  • To sponsor and convene professional development and social activities for the DRIVEN community