Applicants should have successfully completed at least one semester and not more than 2 years at UAB School of Medicine.  Students in a combined MD-PhD program are not eligible for support through the NIH T35 mechanism.  Students holding PhD degrees or research-based MS degrees in the health sciences, or those already matriculated in formal programs leading to a PhD or research-based MS degree are also not eligible though applicants holding an MPH degree are not necessarily disqualified.  Please contact Randy L Seay (rseay@uab.edu or 934-4092) with any questions.
Applicants must be citizens of the United States, or must have been lawfully admitted for permanent residency.


1. Select a faculty sponsor: Contact faculty members who are working in areas in which you may have an interest.  2.  With your sponsor, outline a research project. If you would like help in choosing an area of work or help with selecting a sponsor, please contact Randy L Seay (rseay@uab.edu, 934-4092) as soon as possible.
3.  Complete the online application
In addition to completing the required fields, you will need to have the following ready to upload (pdf is best) since it is not possible to save your application and come back to complete it at a later time. You will receive a confirmation email once the application is submitted.

You will be asked to upload the following:
  • Your resume
  • Your Project Proposal - a three to five page summary of the project indicating research interests and career goals, research project description (introduction, project objectives and hypothesis, methods/approach) and literature cited.


How to Format Your Summer Research Project Proposal (3-5 pages)
Include your name on the project
Preferred font:  Arial 11
Single Space
Research Interests and Career Goals (limited to 1 page)
• What type of research are you interested in
• What are your ultimate career goals (How does research fit in with these career goals)
Research Project Description (1-3 pages)
• Introduction (Background information relevant to your project)
• Project Objectives and Hypothesis
• Methods/Approach
Literature Cited (3-10 relevant papers)
*Project Proposal should be no longer than 4 pages (not counting references)


Basic Research: generates new ideas, principles, and theories, which forms the basis of progress and development in different fields. 
Clinical Research: studies the safety and effectiveness (efficacy) of medications, devices, diagnostic products and treatment regimens intended for human use. 
Translational Research: applies discoveries generated during research in the laboratory, and in preclinical studies, to the development of trials and studies in humans and enhances the adoption of best practices in the community. 
Educational Research: evaluates different aspects of education. 
Chart Review Research: includes pre-recorded, patient-centered data used to answer one or more research questions. 
Community Based Research: generates social action and positive social change through the use of multiple knowledge sources and research methods within the community. 
Public Health/Epidemiology Research: studies the health in populations to understand the causes and patterns of health and illness. 
Outcomes Research: studies the end results (outcomes) of the structure and processes of the health care system on the health and well-being of patients and populations.
*Case reports are not considered  projects that require 8 weeks of research and are not typically eligible for funding. It is recommended that you check with your mentor for additional division/department funding opportunities that may be available.  


IRB Approval: If the project you select involves research with human subjects you must enter the project’s IRB protocol approval numbers in the online application. Your mentor will have this protocol number. For additional resources on IRB visit: www.uab.edu/irb

IACUC Approval: If the project you select involves research with animal subjects you must enter the project’s IACUC protocol approval numbers in the online application. Your mentor will have this protocol number. For additional resources on IACUC visit:  www.uab.edu/iacuc

IRB/IACUC Training (Humans/Animals): Complete the required IRB/IACUC online training; then print and email your Learning System transcript to physci@uab.edu Discuss this with your mentor so you will know which courses to take.

The Tip Sheet for Students Involved in Research Involving Human or Animal Subjects & Safety (OH&S)  gives additional information and lists applicable website information.

OH&S (Laboratory Safety): If your project involves working with humans or animals check with your mentor to see whether you must submit the Occupational Medicine Enrollment Form to UAB’s Occupational Health and Safety department (OH&S).  You are required to enroll if you have these work exposures: http://www.uab.edu/ohs/occupational-medicine/occupational-medicine-eligibility

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) is a requirement for any UASOM student who conduct research at UAB. Successful completion of the Collobarative Institutional Training Initiatives (CITI) online "RCR Abbreviate Course for Undergraduates" is a compenent of all MSSRPs. You can access the RCR Modules here: CITI RCR Modules  

*IRB, IACUC Approvals/Training and RCR Training must be complete by May 1, 2019, or your award will not be activated.


Per NIH Guidelines for Ruth L. Kirschstein National Service Short-Term Institution, trainees are required to pursue research training for 2-3 months on a full-time basis, devoting at least 40 hours per week to the program. Failure to devote a minimum of 8 weeks to the program will jeopardize your full-time research agreement.

Funding Period(s): Summer Research Training begins June 10, 2019
June 10 - August 2, 2019 (8-weeks)
June 10 - August 16, 2019 (10-weeks)



Trainees must devote full-time participation to the project.  Current NIH training grant stipends are set at $2068 per month; this amount is then prorated depending on the selected appointment period and funding cycles.  A minimum of eight weeks of full-time research (40+ hours/week) is required for all students. 

Please note: no course credit can be accrued while you are being paid from the training grant, nor should you take on any significant volunteer activities or schedule vacation. 

All student participants in the Medical Student Summer Research Programs are strongly encouraged to present the results of their research projects at a local, national, or international scientific meeting. Sponsored medical students are required to present their poster at the UAB Medical Student Research Day (MSRD) Competition held in the Fall.

Summer training should be planned with the goal that the results of the student work will eventually be submitted for publication with the student listed as a co-author. The presentation and publication of student research results is an important aspect of the summer training experience. 
 

Once you complete and submit the online application, you will receive a confirmation email.
Your mentor will then receive an email request to complete the mentor section of the application; once both are received, the application will be sent to the Admissions Committee program(s) for review.
Awards will be made on a rolling basis

The 2019 Application will Open on January 14th!


Student Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. Monday, March 5, 2019

*The 5PM. deadline applies to receipt of the student portion of the application. All applications received by the deadline are eligible for review for summer research funding. The mentor portion of the application can be received after the March 5, 2019 5PM deadline; however, it should be noted that applications are considered incomplete (and will therefore not be reviewed) until the mentor has submitted their portion of the application. 



What is IRB approval and why is it needed for my research project?
Research involving human study includes the collection of data about or from human subjects and the use of existing data or specimens. Per the office of UAB Institutional Review Board for Human Use (IRB) approval is required for all research involving human subjects and must be reviewed and approved by the UAB IRB before the research begins. This requirement applies to all human subject research conducted by faculty, staff, and students, on- and off-campus, regardless of funding.
IRB website: http://www.uab.edu/research/administration/offices/irb/Pages/Home.aspx

What is IACUC approval and why is it needed for my research project?
Research involving animal use for research, teaching and testing conducted at or by UAB requires IACUC approval.
IACUC website: http://www.uab.edu/research/administration/offices/iacuc/Pages/default.aspx

Do I need both (IRB or IACUC) training and approval? 
Yes. All students doing research that involves human subjects need BOTH the appropriate IRB training in the protection of human subjects AND an approved IRB protocol before the research can begin.  
All students doing research that involves animals need both the appropriate IACUC training AND an approved IACUC protocol before the research can begin.
For more information, see http://www.uab.edu/medicine/mssrp/tip-sheet-humansanimal-subjects

Who do I contact to determine if my research project needs IRB or IACUC approval?

Your mentor is the best source for this information. Your mentor will let you know if your research project requires IRB or IACUC approval and direct you to which IRB or IACUC training is necessary.

What IRB/IACUC training is required?
Prior to completing your IRB or IACUC training, confirm with your mentor what training is required. Each project is different and your mentor can confirm which required training is necessary for your particular research project.

How do I know if I need to submit paperwork to Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S)?
If your research involves working with humans or animals, you are required to enroll if you have these work exposures:
  • Have direct contact with animals, their viable tissues, body fluids, wastes or living quarters. This includes, but is not limited to, Animal Care Staff, Investigators, laboratory staff, and some Maintenance and Environmental Services personnel.
  • Work in the laboratory or have direct contact with material of human origin.
  • Have direct contact with material capable of causing disease or injury in humans.
  • Have direct contact with raw sewage through plumbing activities.
  • Are exposed to excessive levels of noise (>85 db).
Check with your mentor to see whether you must submit the Occupational Medicine Enrollment Form to UAB’s Occupational Health and Safety department (OH&S).
OH&S website: http://www.uab.edu/ohs/occupational-medicine/occupational-medicine-eligibility

My IRB or IACUC has not been approved before the application deadline, can I submit an application?

Yes, you can submit an application to be considered for funding, however, if approval is warranted the approval must be on file before you can begin research on your project.  Unless an exception is made, the IRB or IACUC approval must be on file before you can get paid during the summer.

Why am I being asked to complete IRB/IACUC approval and/or training before I know if I will receive an offer of award?
It takes several months to write, submit, and receive IRB/IACUC approval.  Therefore, there is not enough time between notification of funding and the start of your summer project to write, submit, and receive approval.  Therefore, in order to assume that you can start your project (and get a paycheck) at the beginning of the summer, we request that you start the IRB/IACUC approval and training process before you know if you will receive an award. 

What does full-time commitment mean?
Per NIH Guidelines, for Ruth L. Kirschstein National Service Short-Term Institution, trainees are required to pursue research training for 2 months (8 weeks) on a full-time basis, devoting at least 40 hours per week to the program.

Can I do part-time research?
The only program that pays for research that is not full-time is the CAReS Program
http://www.soph.uab.edu/cares/home

What additional training requirements must I meet to be eligible for funding?
In addition to any IRB or IACUC training (if applicable) you are required to complete Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training components (required by NIH funded programs), workshops and scientific research events. In addition, RCR training completed for summer research is good for 4 years and satisfies the RCR requirement needed for scholarly activity (medical students 3rd year). Information about doing RCR training will be provided to you at the beginning of the summer.

What is Medical Student Research Day (MSRD)?
Students conducting summer research have an opportunity to present their work at Medical Student Research Day (MSRD) held annually at UAB. MSRD takes place in the fall after summer research is completed. Please check with the summer program that you participate in to determine if a presentation at MSRD is required.

Am I allowed to have an electronic device during meetings? 
In some cases electronic devices may be warranted; however, in general, meetings are meant to be interactive with the instructor as well as peer to peer therefore the use of laptops or cellular devices during most meetings is prohibited.

I am on academic probation, am I eligible to apply for summer research projects through the MSSRP?
The main concern with a student who is not in good standing or on academic probation is that the summer research programs are full-time commitments.  Therefore, if a student is needing to do remedial work during the summer (i.e. retake a test, etc.) then we want the student to focus on that for the majority of their time – so there would not be any time left for research.  If you will be repeating any coursework/making up any tests during the summer, then you would not be eligible.  If you will not be repeating any coursework/making up any tests during the summer then you are eligible to apply for and if accepted – do a summer research project. If you are on academic probation, then you will need to provide verification that you do not have coursework/makeup requirements during the summer.

Can only one student per mentor per summer be funded?
For any specific summer research funding source, only one student/mentor/summer can be funded.  This is to try to be fair to all the mentors who would like to have a student.  Therefore, two students working for one mentor cannot receive funding from the same source (i.e., two students with the same mentor cannot both get funding from the T35/SRTP or both from Surgery).  However, if the projects are different enough that the students could get funding from two of the different source options that fund summer MS1 students at UAB – then that is OK.  You can see all of the different options on the  MSSRP application.

Why are case reports not eligible for funding?
Case reports or retrospective chart reviews with three (3) or fewer patients are not considered research projects and are not eligible for funding. It is recommended that you check with your mentor for additional division/department funding opportunities that may be available.

What are my chances of being funded for summer research?
Of the 48 total applications received in 2018 all but 2 projects received funding. *Please note that 2019 summer research funding is contingent upon available funds.

The deadline states applications are due by 5PM on March 4, 2019 does that apply to both applicant and mentor?
The 5PM. deadline applies to receipt of the student portion of the application. All applications received by the deadline are eligible for review for summer research funding. The mentor portion of the application can be received after the March 4, 2019 5PM deadline; however, it should be noted that applications are considered incomplete (and will therefore not be reviewed) until the mentor has submitted their portion of the application.

My award letter states that I (the mentee) must be added to the approved IRB or IACUC
Any project that requires IRB/IACUC approval must list all person(s) working on the project. Please check directly with your mentor about how to be added to the approved protocol.

Are applications accepted after the deadline?
In general, we do not give extensions to the deadline because we usually have more applications than we can fund that are actually submitted on time.  Therefore you have two options. One would be to proceed with the summer research, but not be paid by one of the summer programs (you still get the benefit of doing the summer research however the downside is that obviously you don’t get a paycheck). The other option would be to check back in 1-2 weeks (If we do not receive enough applications by the deadline to fill all of our summer slots, then at that time you would be given permission to submit a late application for funding).

What is an NIH eRA commons ID/account?
Student trainees who are paid from NIH funded training grants for their research projects are required to register for and set-up an eRA commons account. Eligible participants in NIH funded programs will receive specific information on account set-up after award notification.

Questions?         
Randy L Seay 
Associate Director, Physician Scientist Development Office 
Phone: 205-934-4092
physci@uab.edu