Research Development & Learning


The Office of Research Development and Learning (RD & L) is dedicated to proactively catalyzing activities that will grow the USA research enterprise including identification and targeting of funding opportunities, nurturing collaborative relationships and assisting in competitive application development.

Research Development activities span a broad spectrum. At the USA, RD & L is a committed, positive change - agent, capacity - builder and ambassador in the following areas:

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Breaking Announcements


2016 UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science

Partner Network Multidisciplinary Pilot Program


 Request for Letters of Intent

The mission of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) is to address disparities in diseases disproportionately represented within the Deep South as we accelerate discovery to improve human health.  In collaboration with institutional partners at the UAB Hub and across the Partner Network, including USA, the CCTS seeks research letters of intent that address scientific questions across the translational spectrum. 

 Link to RFA

Key Dates


Posted Date

November 17, 2015

Letter of Intent Due Date

December 14, 2015, 5pm CT

Invitation to Submit Full Application

January 13, 2016

Full Application Due Date

February 22, 2016, 5pm CT

Award Announcements Expected

April 1, 2016


The CCTS Partner Network Multidisciplinary Pilot Program has a two-phase proposal process.

Complete application guidelines are available on the CCTS website: – click on Pilot Funding.

 Request an application package from CCTS Research Commons – / 205.934.7442

 Questions?  Visit the CCTS Research Commons -  ( or contact the CCTS (205.934.7442;

 Want to talk with someone at the USA first?  Please contact Dr. Kimberly Littlefield at