Being A Physician Scientist at UAB

Access to outstanding research from a long history of world-renown physicians, scientists and educators is an important resource for residents at UAB. Because of this long-line of research, UAB is committed to facilitating research opportunities for those residents who are committed to careers as a physician scientist. Through the Physician Scientist Development Office, residents are provided appropriate resources that will enhance their training in laboratory-based or patient-oriented investigation and discovery.

NIH Notices:


Alando J. Ballantyne Resident Research Grant

Alando J. Ballantyne Resident Research Grant

The AHNS Alando J. Ballantyne Resident Research Grant awards a grant to support basic, translational, or clinical research project in head and neck oncology.

UAB Medicine Scholars Program: ABIM Research Track

UAB Medicine Scholars Program: ABIM Research Track

The ABIM Research Track in the Internal Medicine Residency Program intergrates trainging in clinical medicine and research for indidiuals committed to a career in basic science ot clinical research.

American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) - Ocular Melanoma Foundation Fellowship

American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) - Ocular Melanoma Foundation Fellowship

The AACR - Ocular Melanoma Foundation Fellowship - represents a joint effort to encourage and support a postdoctoral or clinical research fellow to conduct basic, translational, clinical, or epidemiological research in the field of cancer interception, which encompasses the areas of prevention, early detection, and early intervention, and to establish a successful career path in this field. 

American Diabetes Association - Pathway Program - Initiator Award (INI)

American Diabetes Association - Pathway Program - Initiator Award (INI)

The goal of the Pathway to Stop Diabetes initiative is to provide scientists with freedom, autonomy, and the financial and professional resources to set them on the road to breakthrough discoveries. The Initiator Award is intended to provide funding for newly emerging post-doctoral scientists for their work to begin. As a means to establish independent careers, hire staff and—most importantly—focus completely on conducting their innovative research this two-part funding is designed to support the transition from trainee to independent investigator. 

American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) - Incite Leukemia Research Fellowship

American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) - Incite Leukemia Research Fellowship

The AACR - Incyte Leukemia Research Fellowship represents a joint effort to encourage and support a postdoctoral or clinical research fellow to conduct leukemia research and to establish a successful career path in this field. The research proposed for funding may be basic, translational, clinical, or epidemiological in nature and must have must have direct applicability and relevance to leukemia. 

ASH Minority Resident Hematology Award Program

ASH Minority Resident Hematology Award Program

Are you a minority medical resident who has an interest in research and is considering a fellowship in hematology? MRHAP is your chance to get exposure to the field of hematology and conduct hands-on research under the guidance of an ASH member and research mentor. 

Breast Cancer Research Program - Breakthrough Fellowship Award

The Breakthrough Fellowship Award supports recent doctoral or medical graduates in pursuit of innovative, high-impact breast cancer research during their postdoctoral fellowship and allows them to obtain the necessary experience for an independent career at the forefront of breast cancer research. See website for pre-application and full proposal deadlines.

BWF Career Awards for Medical Students

BWF Career Awards for Medical Students

The Burroughs Welcome Fund is soliciting proposals for the Career Awards for Medical Scientists (CAMS), a program that provides $700,000 awards over five years for physician-scientists, who are committed to an academic career, to bridge advanced postdoctoral/fellowship training and the early years of faculty service. Proposals must be in the area of basic biomedical, disease-oriented, or translational research.

Center for Clinical and Translational Science: Grant Support

Center for Clinical and Translational Science: Grant Support

The UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) promotes and advances scientific progress by providing grant writing seminars and workshop/courses that are designed for research fellows, clinical fellows, and general investigators.

Center for Complex Biological Systems

Center for Complex Biological Systems

The Center for Complex Biological Systems at the University of California, Irvine is excited to announce two new NIH-funded “short courses” in Systems Biology. Fellowships are available to all applicants. For diverse, disabled or under-represented minority applicants, fellowship support may be able to cover up to 100% of the registration fee, as well as any un-reimbursed portion of travel or subsistence costs. Fellowships will be allocated as applicants are accepted, and until fellowship funds are exhausted.  Those interested in fellowship support are strongly encouraged to apply by March 15.

Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) Training Program

Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) Training Program

The CTS Training Program (CTSTP) offers a six-month certificate program that provides training in clinical and translational research, including approximately 50 hours of didactic instruction as well as interactive experiences. Classes will run from January to June, on Wednesdays 8:00am-10:00am at the Pittman Center for Advanced Medical Studies (PCAMS) Building. For additional information, or if you are interested in speaking, contact Jean Lambert:jeanl@uab.edu

Clinic & Laboratory Integration Program (CLIP)

Clinic & Laboratory Integration Program (CLIP)

The purpose of the Clinic and Laboratory Integration Program Award is to support accomplished assistant professors undertaking their first independent investigations in cancer immunology or general immunology. 

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America - Research Fellowship Award

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America - Research Fellowship Award
The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation’s Research Fellowship Award supports individuals in the post-doctoral phase of their career, to develop skills related to basic and/or clinical investigation in the field of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), or Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Click on link for additional information, letter of intent and application deadline.

Damon Runyon Physician-Scientist Training Award

Damon Runyon Physician-Scientist Training Award

The Damon Runyon Physician-Scientist Trainging Award supports independent young physician-scientists conducting disease-oriented research that demonstrates a high level of innovation and creativity. The goal is to support the best young physician-scientists doing work aimed at improving the practice of cancer medicine.  

Damon Runyun-Sohn Pediatric Cancer Fellowship Award

Damon Runyun-Sohn Pediatric Cancer Fellowship Award

The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, the leading charity supporting innovative young cancer researchers, and the Sohn Conference Foundation, dedicated to curing pediatric cancers, partnered to establish the Damon Runyon-Sohn Pediatric Cancer Fellowship Award. This award provides funding to basic scientists and clinicians who conduct research with the potential to significantly impact the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of one or more pediatric cancers. Applicants are not required to be pediatricians or members of pediatric departments; however, the proposed research must have direct relevance to one or more pediatric cancers.

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Award

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Award

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Award provides grants to junior physician scientists to facilitate their transition to independent clinical research careers.

General Research Loan Repayment Program

General Research Loan Repayment Program

The General Research Loan Repayment Program attracts highly qualified investigators to pursue biomedical research studies and investigations, using loan repayment as an incentive. Eligible applicants must be citizens, nationals, or permanent residents of the United States and hold a Ph.D., M.D., D.O., D.D.S., D.M.D., D.V.M., Pharm.D., A.D.N./B.S.N., or equivalent degree. Online applications are available annually beginning on September 1 and must be submitted by the appropriate deadline. The deadline for Renewal applicants is February 1 and the deadline for New applicants is April 3.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute: Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program for Early-Career Scientists

Howard Hughes Medical Institute: Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program for Early-Career Scientists

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) announces the 2018 Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program to recruit and retain early-career scientists who are from gender, racial, ethnic, and other groups underrepresented in the life sciences, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Each fellow will receive funding for up to eight years, with mentoring and active involvement within the HHMI community. In this two-phase program, fellows will be supported from early postdoctoral training through several years of a tenure-track position. HHMI will select up to 15 fellows.

National Eye Institute Institutional Mentored Physician Scientist Award (K12)

National Eye Institute Institutional Mentored Physician Scientist Award (K12)

The National Eye Institute (NEI) invites applications from institutions to propose creative and innovative institutional research career development programs which prepare clinically-trained vision scientists for independent research careers. This initiative is intended to expand and strengthen the community of investigators engaged in clinical research. Such an increase in the number of well-trained clinical researchers is necessary to achieve a pool of scientists with contemporary, multidisciplinary expertise able to leverage recent advances in ocular genetics, therapeutics, bioengineering, and bio-behavioral research in order to enhance patient treatment and to increase scientific momentum in these fields. 

For more information on the opportunity, please click here

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: Physician-Scientist Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00)

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: Physician-Scientist Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00)

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases offers a new funding opportunity to facilitate transition as a postdoctoral researcher to an independent, tenure-track or equivalent faculty position. 

For a snap-shot of information, please click here

National Institute on Aging (NIA)

National Institute on Aging (NIA)

NIA Grants for Early Medical/Surgical Specialists' Transition to Aging Research (GEMSSTAR) program invites applicants for early-career physician-scientists trained in medical or surgical specialties or early-career dentist-scientists to launch careers as future leaders in aging or geriatric-focused research. 

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) invites applications for basic and clinical research from scientists who are beginning to establish an independent research career. It cannot be used for thesis or dissertation research. The research must be focused on one or more of the areas within the biomedical and behavioral scientific mission of the NIDCD: hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, or language.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) invites applications for the Administrative Supplement Program to Enable Continuity of Research Experiences of MD/PhDs during Clinical Training. This administrative supplement program will provide focused, protected research time for eligible individuals during residency and/or clinical fellowship. Application deadline April 1.

NIH / National Medical Association (NMA) Travel Award

NIH / National Medical Association (NMA) Travel Award

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Medical Association (NMA) provide travel awards to participate in the NIH/NMA Academic Career Development Workshop. Several NIH Institutes and Centers contribute to the program including the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) which coordinates the program in addition to Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), and the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH).

Recipients of the NIH/NMA Travel Award are senior residents, fellows, and junior faculty who are interested in pursuing careers in biomedical research and/or academic medicine. Participants are encouraged to attend the NMA’s Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly.

NIH Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

NIH Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

The NIH Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08) is designed to prepare qualified individuals for careers that have a significant impact on the health-related research needs of the Nation. Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed.

NIH Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (Clinical Trial Required.)

NIH Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (Clinical Trial Required.)

The NIH Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08) is designed to prepare qualified individuals for careers that have a significant impact on the health-related research needs of the Nation. Independent Clinical Trial Required.

NIH Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23) (Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

NIH Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23) (Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

The NIH Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23) is intended to support the career development of individuals with a clinical doctoral degree who have made a commitment to focus their research endeavors on patient-oriented research. Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed.

NIH Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23) (Clinical Trial Required)

NIH Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23) (Clinical Trial Required)

The NIH Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23) is intended to support the career development of individuals with a clinical doctoral degree who have made a commitment to focus their research endeavors on patient-oriented research. Independent Clinical Trial Required.

NIH Pathway to Independence Award

NIH Pathway to Independence Award

The Pathway to Independence Award is designed to increase and maintain a strong cohort of new and talented, NIH-supported, independent investigators and to facilitate a timely transition of outstanding postdoctoral researchers with a research and/or clinical doctorate degree from mentored, postdoctoral research positions to independent, tenure-track or equivalent faculty positions. The program will provide independent NIH research support during this transition in order to help awardees to launch competitive, independent research careers.More information about NIH career development programs may be found at theNIH Extramural Training Mechanisms website.

Ophthalmology Residency - Academic Track

The UAB Ophthalmology Residency is a fully accredited three-year training program. Five residents are accepted each year exclusively through the San Francisco Matching Program.

Orthopedic Research & Education Foundation

Orthopedic Research & Education Foundation

The Orthopedic Research & Education Foundation offers a $5000 Resident Research Project Grant which is intended for orthopaedic residents who are interested in research.

Physician-Scientist Research Award

Physician-Scientist Research Award

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) invites applications for Early Stage Investigators. The award is intended to support the independence of physician-scientist faculty committed to academic careers in heart, lung, and blood diseases and sleep disorders (HLBS) research, and related implementation science.

Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research Notification

Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research Notification

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notify holders of specific types of research grants (review notification for a list of activity codes) that funds are available for administrative supplements to improve the diversity of the research workforce by recruiting and supporting students, post-doctorates, and eligible investigators from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in health-related research. Administrative supplements must support work within the scope of the original project.

Seed Grant Research Program

Seed Grant Research Program

The AMA Foundation established the Seed Grant Research Program in 2000 to encourage medical students, physician residents and fellows to enter the research field. The program provides grants to support medical students, physician residents, and fellows in conducting small research projects. The AMA Foundation will be awarding grants of up to $2,500 in the areas of cardiovascular/pulmonary diseases and pancreatic cancer and $5,000 in the area of neoplastic diseases for small research projects.

St. Baldrick's Grants

St. Baldrick's Grants

Grant Applications, Guidelines, and General Information
St Baldrick's Fellows
: The Foundation funds years 3–5 of a pediatric oncology research fellowship, with an opportunity for one additional year of funding. This mechanism is designed to support a Fellow’s salary and benefits only. The Foundation encourages applications from institutions with fellowship programs which have not previously received St. Baldrick’s funding for this grant mechanism.

Research Grants
: These one-year grants are for specific research projects which are hypothesis driven and may be laboratory, clinical or epidemiological research. While the average grant is $100,000 or less, the proposed budget must be realistic for the project. 

Supportive Care Research Grants
These are for research projects which are hypothesis-driven and focus on areas related to the supportive care of children and adolescents with cancer. Applications are accepted from Ph.D. and D.N.P. holders. Examples include studies related to symptom clusters, patientreported outcomes or quality of life, health communication, health promotion, and psychosocial support across the trajectory from diagnosis to survivorship or end-of-life care. While the average grant is $50,000 or less, the proposed budget must be realistic for the project. 

US Bone and Joint Initiative

US Bone and Joint Initiative

The United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) and Bone and Joint Canada are dedicated to raising public awareness and to increasing research of musculoskeletal diseases. Research in the musculoskeletal diseases performed by young investigators is not keeping pace with the increasing burden of the diseases. In response, the Young Investigator Initiative is a career development and grant mentoring program providing early-career investigators an opportunity to work with experienced researchers in our field to assist them in securing funding and other survival skills required for pursuing an academic career.

Institute for Broadening Participation

Institute for Broadening Participation

Search the Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP) site for research opportunities aimed at increasing diversity in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce. IBP designs and implements strategies to increase access to STEM education, funding, and careers, with special emphasis on reaching and supporting individuals from underserved communities and underrepresented groups. How to search the IBP database tutorial.