Research News Digest for Thursday, July 12, 2018

Research Administration News Research News Digest for Thursday, July 12, 2018

Research News Digest for Thursday, July 12, 2018


Highlighted Notice(s):

  • NIH Synchronizes Institutional Delegations and Now Allows Decimals in Effort Reporting Field in Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPR)
    (NOT-OD-18-202) Office of the Director, NIH

For additional notices, please view Weekly NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices here.


UAB is recruiting a new director for the Office of the IRB.  Information about the candidates and the interview process will be posted under the About tab on the IRB website ( 

Our first candidate is Nicole Vouvalis. She will give a public presentation on IRB excellence at UAB on July 18th at 1:00 in the Finley Conference Center.  A feedback form will be posted on the candidate information website following the presentation.  

The University Compliance Office is pleased to announce publication of the June 2018 issue of their quarterly newsletter, Compliance 411.

Articles in this issue address

  • Data security and context-based access;
  • UAB’s Student Records Policy, FERPA, and responsible student records management
  • Export Control Advisory Group risk assessment refresh
  • Title IX response guidance for responsible UAB employees;
  • Benefits and responsibilities of the practice of academic freedom; and
  • UAB’s Code of Conduct standard of responsible stewardship of information & data.

Don’t forget to participate in the Compliance Challenge on page 2 to enter a drawing for one of two $10.00 Barnes & Noble gift certificates.                                                                                           

Your comments and feedback regarding Compliance 411 are welcome; please contact


Informational Workshop

Research Career Development Opportunities

for Junior Faculty

Date: July 25, 2018

Time: 12 to 1pm

West Pavilion Conference Center Room D


The Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging (CCHA) cordially invites Junior Faculty (ranging from instructor to assistant professor) at UAB and Birmingham VA to a luncheon workshop (lunch provided) exploring research career development opportunities around the theme of “Mitigating Hospital-Associated Disability.

Discussions will include new pilot funding and development of career development/mentorship relationships

If you are planning to attend, please RSVP by Friday July 20th to Amy Dean at

OSP has several training opportunities in July. You can register for any of these courses in the UAB Learning System (LMS). Space is limited.

NIH ASSIST Single-Project Proposal Process – This training course demonstrates how to use the NIH ASSIST system to initiate and prepare a single-project proposal. This session gives participants an overview of the process including requirements for using ASSIST, how to initiate and prepare a proposal, how to add optional forms, how to preview an application, and how to validate an application. After completing this course, participants can also attend follow-up courses including a lab to practice using ASSIST and NIH ASSIST Multi-Project Proposal Process.
When?  Wednesday, July 25 – 12 noon to 1:00 pm

NIH ASSIST Single-Project Proposal Lab – This is a hands-on workshop in a computer lab where participants can practice working on a single-project proposal.

When?  Tuesday, July 31 – 10:30 am to 12 noon
: NIH ASSIST Single-Project Proposal Process 

NIH ASSIST Multi-Project Proposal Process – This course demonstrates how to use the NIH ASSIST system to initiate and prepare a multi-project proposal. This session is a follow-up course to the NIH ASSIST Single-Project Proposal Process introductory course that is also offered. This session gives participants an overview of how to prepare a multi-project proposal in ASSIST. We also offer a hands-on workshop in a computer lab where participants can practice working on a multi-project proposal after completing this course.
When?  Thursday, July 26 – 10:30 to 11:30 am
Prerequisites: NIH ASSIST Single-Project Proposal Process

NIH ASSIST Multi-Project Proposal Lab – This is a hands-on workshop in a computer lab where participants can practice working on a multi-project proposal.
When?  Tuesday, July 31 – 12 noon to 1:30 pm
NIH ASSIST Single-Project Proposal Process, NIH ASSIST Multi-Project Proposal Process

Workspace Proposal Process – This training course demonstrates how to use the Workspace portal to initiate and prepare a proposal. This session gives participants an overview of the process. After completing this course, participants can also attend a follow-up course this month to practice using Workspace in the computer lab.
When? Tuesday, July 24– 12 noon to 1:00 pm

Workspace Proposal Lab – This is a hands-on workshop in a computer lab where participants can practice using Workspace to prepare a proposal for submission.
When?  Tuesday, July 31 – 9:00 to 10:30 am
: Workspace Proposal Process

NIH Progress Reports (RPPRs) – At this introductory session, you can learn about the requirements and how to submit NIH Progress Reports.
When?  Thursday, July 12 – 10:30 to 11:30 am

NIH Final Closeout Reports – At this session, you can learn about the requirements and how to submit NIH Final Closeout Reports.
When?  Thursday, July 12 – 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
: NIH Progress Reports 

OSP Subaward Request Form and OSP Subaward Box – At this session, you can learn about the new subaward request form and subaward box that streamlines this process.
When?  Tuesday, July 17 – 9:30 to 10:30 am

Industry-Sponsored Clinical Trial Submission Process – This introductory course provides a general overview of the submission process for an industry-sponsored clinical trial.
When? Tuesday, July 17 – 10:30 to 11:30 am

Industry-Sponsored Budget Template – At this session, you can learn to use the Total Cost Budget Template created for industry-sponsored projects (not clinical trials). This template is expected to be the most commonly used option, which converts the source data (internal budget) to fully burdened cost descriptions (i.e., F&A costs are allocated and reflected in each category to arrive at the research rate).
When? Thursday, July 19 – 10:30 to 11:00 am            

To attend any of these sessions, registration is required in the UAB Learning System (LMS). You can find the course by searching the LMS Catalog for any of the courses. The instructor for the courses is Debbie Graves, OSP Training Coordinator. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie.

UAB Informatics Institute PowerTalk Colloquia

"Implementation of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) Testing in Precision Oncology – Advantages and Challenges"


Dr. Shuko Harada, M.D.

Associate Professor of Department of Pathology


Friday 7/13/2018 at 10:15am

Shelby Biomedical Research Building, Room 105, 1825 University Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35294

*Refreshments will be provided*

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The UAB Comprehensive Cardiovascular Center (CCVC) is sponsoring a trainee poster session highlighting the work of graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, clinical fellows, and residents.  The session will be held in conjunction with the UAB CCVC 7th Annual Symposium Focus on Heart Failure.  

Deadline for Abstracts:  July 13, 2018 for consideration of oral presentation and the Featheringill Young Investigator Award; August 2, 2018 for acceptance as a poster presentation only.

Eligibility:  Graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, clinical fellows, and residents.

Abstract Guidelines:  Limit abstract to 500 words or less, excluding title and authors.  Presenting author should be listed first.  Abstract format should consist of: Objective, Methods, Results, Conclusions/Broader Impacts, and Acknowledgements.  Include author affiliations.  References not required. Figures and tables allowed.  Use Times New Roman, 12pt font for body; justified, single line spacing, 1 inch side margins, 0.5 inch top and bottom margins.  Submit as a PDF.

Topics can include basic, clinical, translational and population science that are broadly related to cardiovascular disease. Priority for oral presentations will be given to submissions related to heart failure.  All abstracts will be assigned to poster presentations.

Awards will include the Featheringill Young Investigator Award and cash prizes.

Featheringill Young Investigator Award:  The primary authors of the top 3 abstract submissions will be selected to present a poster on September 6th and a 15 minute oral presentation at the symposium on September 7th.  The top presenter will be awarded the Featheringill Young Investigator Award and $300.  The 2nd and 3rd place presenters will be awarded $200 each. Authors selected to present at the symposium will be notified August 2nd, 2018.

Poster Session & Blitz:  The Poster Session will be held the evening of Thursday, September 6th. In addition to the Featheringill Young Investigator Presentations, there will be a Poster “Blitz” presentation session available for up to 10 trainees who desire to participate in this session. Presentations will consist of 1 slide for 2 minutes. This will occur Thursday, September 6th from 4:10-4:40 pm. Poster evaluations will begin promptly at 4:45 pm.

For more information please contact Megan Pickering, MBA, MPH, at

Registration is required for abstract submission: 


Call for Post-Doctoral Applications FY 2018 for the T-90 Dental Academic Research Training (DART) UAB School of Dentistry

The UAB-SOD Dental Academic Research Training (DART) Program, a predoctoral, dual degree and postdoctoral coordinated mentored research fellowship-training program in oral health discoveries, is accepting applications for the following position:

POST-Doctoral Position Available July 1, 2018

The DART POST-doctoral Training Program will prepare its fellows for a career in academic research in either Basic Science or Clinical Dental Research. Funding is provided from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR).

Eligibility Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship or permanent residency.
  • Clinical or research doctoral degree required (e.g., MD, DMD, PharmD,PhD, ScD, DrPH, or equivalent).
  • Research focus related to basic or clinical research in any of the following areas:
  • Craniofacial Development and Genetics
  •  Dental Biomaterials or Tissue Engineering
  • Oral Immunology and Microbiology
  • Community Oral Health

Training Program:

  • Postdoctoral fellows in basic or translational research will be eligible for support from this Training Grant on admission to one of the faculty member’s laboratories with federal funding for mentor-based research training and to develop an independent project.
  • Trainee participation in all DART program activities is required.
  • Participation in the Academic Career Club
  • Attend the Scientific Writing Series
  • Presentation of an abstract at the School of Dentistry’s Scholars’ Symposium
  • Attend a Grant writing program
  • Students are expected to submit an NIH individual fellowship application (F32 or K99/R00) during the  period of their support.


  • Funding for Post-Doctoral Trainees is supported through an NIDCR T-90 Institutional Training Grant.
  • NIH stipend support  based on years’ post-degree renewable for up to 3 years, with annual review.
  • Partial coverage of tuition, and health insurance fees.

•Travel support to attend meetings

For questions regarding eligibility, program requirements and the application process, please contact Sylvia Strothers at

SUBJECT:          RFA - Pilot/feasibility (P/F) project awards

DATE:               December 4, 2017              

UAB’s Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging announces the availability of pilot/feasibility (P/F) project awards for investigators with a research focus to aging with the goal of developing applications to the National Institutes of Health in the comparative biology and/or energetics of aging. The projects must utilize one or more of the three research cores of the UAB Shock Center, which can be found on the Center’s website ( and are briefly described below.  Applicants must consult with Core Leaders (see below) about the cost and feasibility of their proposed project prior to applying. Budgets (generally less than $10,000 although larger budgets are considered if fully justified) are developed in consultation with Core leaders and/or co-leaders. Awards are for 1 year. Applications from institutions outside of the UAB are particularly encouraged.

Note: Additional funds are available for studies utilizing Shock Center Cores and UAB’s Microbiome Core. For those interested in pursuing these grants, Casey Morrow (, Leader of that Core, should be contacted.

Deadlines and Award Dates

Application due dates are January 1st, April 1st, July 1st, and October 1st, 2018.

Funding period: One year from award date.

Applications must include:

  • The hypothesis and specific aims of the project (1 page)
  • No more than one page of figures and figure legends
  • Additional pages allowed for important references
  • A one (1) paragraph statement (no more than ½ page) of how this research will impact your future directions in aging research.
  • The Shock Center Core and Microbiome Core resources needed, including sample number if applicable and approximate time frame (1/2 page)
  • Current NIH-style biosketch including other support (up to 5 pages)

Applications should be submitted in pdf format to Drs. Stephen Barnes and John Hartman (;, who are also available to answer any questions about the application process.

UAB Shock Center Cores

  1. Comparative Organismal Energetics Core: Tim Nagy (, Leader. This core provides state-of-the-art instrumentation and analyses for quantifying energy balance and body composition in diverse animals, including measures of energy expenditure (via indirect calorimetry), food intake, activity, and core body temperature. Body composition analyses can be performed on living and dead animals. Learn about their full list of servicesand COEC fees.
  2. Comparative Mitochondrial Health Assessment Core: Jianhua Zhang, (, Leader. This core offers state-of-the-art services to investigators to facilitate research and training on mitochondrial function and mitophagy as it relates to aging. The core provides expertise in molecular energetics and metabolomics techniques in a variety of species from yeast to mice. Learn about our full list of servicesand CMHAC fees.
  3. Comparative Data Analytics Core: David Allison, (, Leader. This core provides consultation in study design, research proposal development, and data analysis, including traditional, specialized, and customized analytical methods for scientists performing research on the basic biology of aging. CDAC also conducts high-level statistical investigations of secondary data to answer questions about the comparative biology and energetics of aging. CDAC works with investigators to develop new analytical tools and offers training in statistical methods for the comparative biology of energetics as it relates to aging.

For more information, please see the UAB Nathan Shock Center Website: and/or

Microbiome/Gnotobiotic Animal Core


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