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  • Sign-up to be a member of DRIVEN (Driving Research: An Interdisciplinary, Vibrant, Engaged Network) and receive periodic updates and information about upcoming events and socials.

     
     
    A partnership between the COERE and the CCTS.
  • The mission of Driving Research: An Interdisciplinary, Vibrant, Engaged Network (DRIVEN) 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

    We offer the following services to support the DRIVEN community:

      • DRIVEN Microgrant Awards: DRIVEN believes that in order to ensure their future success, DRIVEN scholars must begin an independent track record of extramural funding early in their careers. Accordingly, DRIVEN has established DRIVEN Microgrants, which provide financial support designed to enhance scholars' career development and research productivity
      • Events and Socials: Connect with a supportive network of peers.
      • Professional Development: Promote individual and collective professional development, recognition, and advancement.
      • Matchmaking Report: Access to customized reports on funding opportunities specific to your areas of interest and level of training.
      • Collaborator and Mentor/Mentee Matching: Need to find a collaborator or mentor with particular expertise? DRIVEN can help connect you to potential partners within UAB and the CCTS partner network

    All are welcome to join!  


    A partnership between the COERE and the CCTS.
  • What does DRIVEN stand for?

    Driving Research: An Interdisciplinary, Vibrant, Engaged Network

    What is DRIVEN's purpose?

    Led by Dr. Bertha Hidalgo, Associate Professor in the UAB Department of Epidemiology, DRIVEN is a network of diverse and accomplished health scientists striving to create a vibrant scientific community. Our current priority is to increase research successes for people of diverse backgrounds with a focus on diversity supplements and other funding opportunities.

    What is DRIVEN’s mission?

    DRIVEN’s mission is to cultivate an inclusive 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.

    Who is DRIVEN for?

    DRIVEN is for everyone, with a focus on under-represented minorities and those that meet the NIH definition of diversity* 

    *Populations Underrepresented in the Extramural Scientific WorkforceDiversity in NIH Extramural Programs: NIH seeks to broaden participation by recruitment and outreach to individuals from groups shown to be nationally underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral and social sciences, which includes: individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Women may also be considered underrepresented for the purposes of programs that address faculty recruitment, appointment, retention or advancement. For more detail, please visit: https://diversity.nih.gov/about-us/population-underrepresented 

    What can DRIVEN do for me?

      • DRIVEN Microgrant Awards: DRIVEN believes that in order to ensure their future success, DRIVEN scholars must begin an independent track record of extramural funding early in their careers. Accordingly, DRIVEN has established DRIVEN Microgrants, which provide financial support designed to enhance scholars' career development and research productivity.
      • Events and Socials: Connect with a supportive network of peers
      • Matchmaking Report: Access to customized reports on funding opportunities specific to your areas of interest and level of training. Please visit our website for more information.
      • Professional Development: Promote individual and collective professional development, recognition, and advancement
      • Collaborator and Mentor/Mentee Matching: Need to find a collaborator or mentor with particular expertise? DRIVEN can help connect you to potential partners within UAB and the CCTS partner network.

    How can I get involved?

    Join our network and sign-up to be a mentor or mentee by registering under the "JOIN DRIVEN" tab.


     A partnership between the COERE and the CCTS.

  • Rationale and Goal

    DRIVEN believes that in order to ensure their future success, DRIVEN scholars must begin an independent track record of extramural funding early in their careers. Accordingly, DRIVEN has established DRIVEN Microgrants, which provide financial support designed to enhance scholars' career development and research productivity.

    Award Description

    Microgrants may be utilized to enhance a DRIVEN member’s training and research productivity. Microgrants are for $2,000 direct costs or less. No indirect costs will be disbursed. Allowable expenses include (but are not limited to) transcription, scientific editing, software licensing, resources/equipment, graphic and table design, publication fees, consultations with career and life coaches, honoraria for external grant reviewers, and, in general, other expenses for expanding professional horizons. Unallowable costs include participant incentives and childcare expenses. Conference registration fees and travel may be allowed as a last resort if the applicant has an accepted abstract. All award winners must submit a short written report detailing their experiences at the end of the calendar year of award.
    If an application is funded, the applicant will receive a financial award and
    be designated as a DRIVEN Microgrant Awardee. Monies must be used within one year of award notice.

    Eligibility

    1. This award is available to DRIVEN members in any UAB discipline, department or school. Join our network by registering under the "JOIN DRIVEN" tab.
    2. From January through September of each calendar year, awards will be available to early career faculty only. From October through December of each year, doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows may also apply for Microgrants.
    3. Only one DRIVEN Microgrant will be awarded per person per calendar year.


     Apply Here