The UWIRC program is serves to catalyze cross-cutting research and discovery, adding to the generation of new scientific knowledge and its applications to benefit society. Successful UWIRCS exhibit excellence in a variety of areas, including:

  • Multidisciplinary, cross-unit collaborations
  • Cross-disciplinary scholarship
  • Training programs for undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty
  • Faculty recruitment and retention efforts
  • Community engagement
  • Entrepreneurialism
  • Philanthropy

To be designated a UWIRC, centers must involve participation by faculty from multiple UAB schools. Approximately every five years, each UWIRC was selected through a competitive selection process.

The most recent funding cycle began in FY2019-2020, with twenty-three centers receiving full UWIRC designation. Three centers were designated as Pilot Developmental Centers. The next Request for Application (RFA) will be announced in early in 2023 with expectations for funding in FY 2024.

Council of Center
Directors (CoCD)

Each UWIRC Director participates in the UAB Council of Center Directors (CoCD). The CoCD meets monthly and facilitates interactions and interdisciplinary collaborations among the UWIRCs as well as providing advice and recommendations on research related matters to the Vice President for Research. The CoCD is led by an elected Chair and Chair-Elect.

Council of Center
Administrators (CoCA)

The Council of Center Administrators (CoCA) is comprised of an administrative professional from each UWIRC. It serves as a network of support, education, and training for research administration professionals, assists the CoCD and the Office of Research with projects that advance research at UAB, identifies barriers and initiates change where and when there is a need.