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    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



    A partnership between the COERE and the CCTS.
  • 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!  

  • What does DRIVEN stand for?

    Driving Research: An Interdisciplinary, Vibrant, Engaged Network

    What is DRIVEN's purpose?

    Co-led by Drs. Bertha Hidalgo and Gregory Payne, 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* 
    * Diversity 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.

    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.

     

  • 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

    1. To qualify for this award, the scholar must be a member of the network (join here).
    2. If a scholar’s application is funded, that scholar will receive a financial reward and be designated as a recipient of The DRIVEN Scholars Award.
    3. Awarded monies may be utilized to enhance the scholar’s training and research productivity. Allowable expenses include (but not limited to) transcription, scientific editing, software licensing, resources/equipment, graphic and table design, registration fees, travel to national and international professional conferences to present current findings, and, in general, expand their professional horizons. All award winners must submit a short written report detailing their experiences before expenses will be reimbursed. Expenses are reimbursed upon submission of appropriate receipts according to UAB expenditure guidelines.

    Eligibility

    This award is available to DRIVEN scholars in any discipline, department or school. Priority will be given to junior investigators. Only one DRIVEN Scholars Award will be granted per person. Monies must be used within one year and reimbursement must be requested immediately following the event.


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