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Funding Opportunities

Below are funding opportunities that are available from UAB departments and centers.  Use the contact information provided to the contact listed to find out more about each particular funding opportunity.  
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Current Opportunities
  • UAB Comprehensive Cardiovascular Center 2020 Novel Biomarkers of CV Disease Pilot Grant RFA

    The UAB Comprehensive Cardiovascular Center (CCVC) is pleased to announce this RFA to fund one pilot project that focuses on early or diagnostic markers that aid in the assessment of either the likelihood to develop cardiovascular disease or the severity with which the disease might progress. Potential examples of biomarkers include circulating factors (e.g., exosomes, microRNA, metabolomics etc.), enhanced imaging (use of new imaging modalities or novel use of existing techniques), refined methods for population risk stratification (utility of bioinformatics for machine learning, or new risk stratification score) among others and related to cardiovascular disease. The awardee will be provided $25,000 from the CCVC.

    The proposed start date of the CCVC Novel Biomarkers of Cardiovascular Disease Pilot Grant will be October 1, 2020. It is anticipated that 1 pilot project with a budget not exceeding a total of $25,000 will be awarded based on merit and availability of funds. Awardees will be required to provide a six-month interim presentation to the committee on project progress as well as a one-year report on accomplishments.



    1. Open to all UAB faculty members at any rank. CCVC Steering Committee members are excluded from applying as PI, but may serve as Co-Investigators. Priority will be given to those who have not received previous CCVC funding.
    2. Projects can be clinical, population, basic science, or a combination. Use of an existing biorepository is encouraged.
    3. Those securing support from secondary sources will be favored.
    4. Applications that are extensions of currently funded research will not be considered.
    5. Require IACUC/IRB protocol submission prior to the funding start date (if applicable).
    6. The selected pilot project is expected to lead to the submission of an NIH grant application (i.e. K, R or U).


    Applications must be submitted electronically in a single PDF to Megan Pickering ( by 5:00PM CST on March 16, 2020 (pre-proposal) and July 31st (finalist papers). Applications must use Arial 11-point font with 0.5 inch margins. Faculty salary, travel, or publication costs are not to be included. Post Doc/Technician salary/fringe of 25% or less of the budget will be considered.


    APPLICATION INFORMATION (Applications that are not formatted as described will not be reviewed.)

    • A two page pre-proposal should be submitted by March 16, 2020 5PM (CST) and should include: title of proposal; names of the PI and applicants; a brief statement of goals; how the proposed research addresses integration of two or more systems related to cardiovascular disease and plans for a subsequent application for extramural funding; NIH bio-sketch of the principal investigator(s) should also be submitted.
    • PIs of the most meritorious pre-proposals will be notified by May 1, 2020 and the full proposal will be due by 5 PM on July 31, 2020. Finalists will also be required to present their application to the CCVC Steering Committee at noon on August 11, 2020. The full application must include (in order):
    • Project title and summary describing the integrative nature and potential translational implications of the project and list of all participants, their expertise and contributions to the project, (1 page);
    • NIH bio-sketches for each proposed faculty participant (max 5 pages per investigator);
    • Budget and justification, including description of management of the project, (max 2 pages)
    • Scientific overview of the project including hypotheses, aims, significance, innovation, clinical relevance and approach (max 5 pages)
    • Timeline of planned milestones and deliverables, with a description of the NIH (or other) grant mechanism that will be targeted (5 page).
    • Letter of contributory support (if applicable)


    January 15, 2020: RFA Announcement

    March 16, 2020: Pre-proposal deadline

    May 1, 2020: Finalists notified and full application and presentation requested

    July 31, 2020: Final application submitted by finalists deadline

    August 11, 2020: Finalist presentations given

    October 1, 2020: Funding start date

    UAB Comprehensive Cardiovascular Center
    Funding Amount(s):
    Monday, March 16, 2020
    Sponsor(s): UAB Comprehensive Cardiovascular Center
  • T32 Fellowship Opportunity

    We are pleased to announce the availability of two fellowship positions for post-doctoral (PhD) and/or clinical (MD) fellows wishing to train in the broad area of heart failure. We seek applicants who are motivated, demonstrate a desire to succeed, and have a long-term commitment to cardiovascular research in an academic environment. This is an ideal opportunity to obtain scientific publications and intellectual development that will lay the foundation for future successful professional development as an independent scientist. UAB's well-established NIH-funded investigators will provide a mentored experience critical to early career development.

    Benefits of participation:

      *  NIH stipend level commensurate with years of experience

      *  Health Insurance

      *  Tuition assistance

      *  Travel funds

      *  Supply funds


      *   If currently at UAB, candidate must be in good standing with the institution;

      *   No more than 5 years since having received most recent high level degree (i.e., PhD or MD);

      *   US citizens or permanent residents;

      *   Express a long-term plan and expectation to work as an independent investigator in cardiovascular research broadly related to heart failure;

      *   Commit to meet all obligations of the training program (detailed information to be provided at later date).

    Application process:

    1. Trainee will either approach a mentor or mentor will ask a trainee about creating a research relationship, or either can seek guidance from Program Directors to be matched with a potentially interested counterpart. To see the current list of potential mentors, please contact Megan Pickering at

    2. Trainee and Mentor together apply for entry into the program.

    3. Application packet should include:

      • A cover letter signed by both the Trainee and Mentor;
      • A 1 page summary detailing the proposed research;
      • A 1 page summary outlining the Trainee’s short- and long- term research/career goals;
      • Trainee curriculum vitae;
      • Mentor NIH-style biosketch

    Send all of these materials to:

    The timeline is as follows:

    Application Due Date: The 28th day of February each year.

    Funding Start Date: April 1st of each year (please note the preferred start date is April 1st, with the last possible start date being July 1st).

    Fellowships are for a duration of up to 2 years.  Continuation of funding beyond the first year is contingent upon review of progress.

    Women, individuals from traditionally disadvantaged groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

    “UAB is an Equal Education Opportunity Institution”.

    UAB Division of Cardiovascular Disease
    Friday, February 28, 2020
    Sponsor(s): UAB Division of Cardiovascular Disease
  • REACT Scholar Awards - Now Available

    REACT Scholar Awards - Now Available

    Medical Rehab Researchers: Let Us Help You

    Have a research concept that needs a boost to take your science to the next level? The REACT Center, whose mission is to catalyze high-impact clinical trials that will define optimal rehabilitation strategies, now offers Scholar Awards -  making available funding relating to medical rehabilitation research.


    UAB School of Medicine

    Funding Amount(s):

    Up to $15,000


    March 2020

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    UAB School of Medicine
    Funding Amount(s):
    Up to $15,000
    Tuesday, March 31, 2020
    Sponsor(s): UAB School of Medicine

External Opportunities