All questions regarding these or any other funding opportunities should be directed to Susan Ruppert, (205) 975-0359 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

UAB Funding Opportunities

O’Neal Invests

  • Letter of Intent: May 1, 2021
  • Proposal: June 15, 2021

The O’Neal Invests program seeks to promote excellence in broad areas of basic, translational and population science research relevant to cancer. Therapeutic clinical trials cannot be supported by this mechanism, but the inclusion of diagnostic or biomarker correlative studies related to a therapeutic protocol that are within the budget constraints will be considered.

There are two funding cycles per year, one in the spring and one in the fall. For the current cycle, the proposals will be due on June 15, 2021. Grant proposals will be reviewed by a standing study section composed of members of each O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center research program and ad hoc reviewers as needed. Funds from all sources, including Elkus, Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama, Young Supporters Board New Investigator Awards, Mike Slive Foundation and CCSG Developmental Funds, will be distributed through this process.

 Dr. Levi Watkins Jr. Breakthrough Award for Research that Transforms Health

  • Application: April 15, 2021, 5 p.m. CST

Dr. Levi Watkins Jr. Breakthrough Awards of up to $1 million will be given to faculty who propose and secure substantial extramural funding for research that will advance health broadly across the population of Alabama, the Southeast region, the United States and globally. Up to three awards will be given based on the ambition of the proposal, its likely impact on health or health care, the size of the proposed project, the proposed funder, and the likelihood of the faculty and research team to secure the award.

RACE21: Roadmap for America’s Cancer Explorers for the 21st Century

  • Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis, but scholarships are limited.

The UAB Center for Community Outreach Development and the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB were recently awarded a National Cancer Institute grant to support the progress of students from high school through UAB’s undergraduate cancer biology programs. The scholarships will support research activities in mentored laboratories by selected students in the program. 

Extramural Funding Opportunities