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UAB receives funding to support early-stage researchers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic – News

COERE has awarded $500,000 to provide funding for research supplements to aspiring physician-scientists whose research has been impacted by COVID-19.

Written by: Alia Tunagur
Media contact: Adam Pope

Night shot of UAB hospital COERE has awarded $500,000 to provide funding for research supplements to aspiring physician-scientists whose research has been impacted by COVID-19.
(Photography: Steve Wood)
The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists and its funding partners – the American Heart Association, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, John Templeton Foundation, Rita Allen Foundation and the Walden Foundation – have awarded the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education, or COERE, raised more than $500,000 to support early-stage researchers whose research funding was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with “extra hands” grants to increase their academic scholarship.

With matching funds from the UAB Marnix E. Heersink School of Medicine, up to 20 awards will be awarded during the two-year program to support research productivity and early career teacher retention. This “extra hands” award provides research supplement funds of up to $50,000 to aspiring physician-scientists who have faced significant challenges in research progress due to healthcare responsibilities brought on by the pandemic. In the first funding round, up to 10 prizes will be awarded to funded researchers who support their efforts for up to one year.

Michael J. Mugavero, MD, COERE director and co-director of the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences, along with Mona Fouad, MD, professor and director of the Department of Preventive Medicine, will lead program administration, oversee the budget and managing resources , and supervising program implementation and evaluation units. Alia Tunagur, COERE Program Manager, will act as Program Manager.

“Prior to COVID-19, there were efforts at UAB to address the impact of caring responsibilities on the productivity and well-being of teachers, staff and students, with more healthcare resources being made available during the pandemic,” Mugavero said. “With support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the CARES at UAB Retention Program builds on these efforts and will serve as a transformational catalyst.”

He added that the “extra hands” grants supported by this program will directly address the unmet staffing needs of early researchers to increase their research productivity, addressing a major source of distress exacerbated by COVID -19.

“The UAB Heersink School of Medicine’s commitment to match funds will not only increase the reach and impact of this grant award, but also serve as a harbinger of future policies and programs, based on our program evaluation, to productivity and well-being of physician-scientists with care responsibilities outside of the life of this grant,” Mugavero said.

Driving Research: An Interdisciplinary, Vibrant, Engaged Network (DRIVEN) co-directors Bertha Hidalgo, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology, and Gregory Payne, MD, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Cardiovascular Disease, will co-lead CARES program implementation at UAB. Katherine Meese, Ph.D., assistant professor in UAB’s Department of Health Services Administration, will lead the program evaluation.

The first application cycle will open on November 1, 2021 and close on December 10, 2021. Applicants will receive a decision by December 20, 2021, and the award will begin on January 1, 2022.