RAPID – Research Administration Process Improvement and Design

Goal and Approach

Goal and Approach


  • Drive excellence through transparency and process improvements in research administration in Office of Research AND in the constituent departments.


  • Determine key metrics
  • Establish goals for their improvement
  • Communicate progress with campus constituents


RAPID Highlights

RAPID Highlights

  • Policy 005 - Revised to enable contract signature process in parallel with IRB review/approval. Eliminates OSP holding contracts for execution.
  • Electronic Research Administration (eRA) system - Office of Research is working with UAB IT to develop a request for quotes to implement a new or vastly improved eRAsystem. Release of RFQ is anticipated mid 2021.
  • IRB ePortfolio - A suite of electronic forms designed to simplify submission, review and revision processes for research protocols. Released August 2020.
  • Developed comprehensive metrics for OSP and IRB as it relates to informing workflows and workloads.
  • Dedicated personnel - OSP officer engaged for OCCC; exploring opportunities to expand this model to other units.


Task Force Members

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  • Anupam Agarwal
  • Tika Benveniste
  • LaKisha Mack
  • Melinda Cotten
  • Boni Elewski
  • Paul Erwin
  • David Kimberlin
  • Bob Kimberly
  • Seth Landefeld
  • Jonathan Miller
  • Rob Motl
  • Paul Muntner
  • Jason Nichols
  • Barry Sleckman
  • David Standaert

Standing Research Advisory Committees:

  • Clinical Trials Administration Committee –Bob Kimberly, Chair
  • Human Research Advisory Committee –David Kimberlin, Chair
  • Research Administration Network Group –Rob Motl, Chair

Executive Sponsors:

Dr. Christopher Brown
Vice President for Research, UAB

Dr. Selwyn Vickers
Senior Vice President of Medicine, UAB