Randall Urban, MD
Vice President for Research &
Chief Research Officer

Dr. Randall Urban

Dr. Randall Urban leads a diverse research community in the bold mission to improve medical practice through progressive translational research endeavors. He has 145 peer-review publications, is the Principal Investigator of UTMB's Clinical and Translational Science Award, and has 3 major research interests funded by the NIH and private foundations. In addition to Vice President for Research and Chief Research Officer, Dr. Urban is Vice Dean for Clinical Research in the John Sealy School of Medicine, Professor of Internal Medicine, Director of the Institute for Translational Sciences, and Fellow, John P. McGovern Distinguished Chair in Oslerian Medicine.

Strategic Research Plan

The Strategic Research Plan, which is used by leadership to  develop a path forward through goals, objectives and tactics, has broad input. It includes six integrated health communities that bring together researchers, educators, clinicians and community members to use prevention and treatment to transform illness to health. Read more.

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Coming Soon: New NIH Biosketch Requirements for 2025

The NIH has been working with the NSF and other federal agencies on developing and adopting Common Forms for the Biosketch and Current and Pending (Other) Support. The Common forms have been cleared by OSTP and OMB and new forms are posted on the NSF website.

NIH Adoption Estimated Timeline:

  • Common Forms (Biosketch and Current and Pending (Other) Support) Implementation: January 2025
  • The NIH will ultimately require the use of SciENcv for the development of Common Forms. Templates will be available by May 2025

Until the Common Forms are fully adopted by the NIH, NIH requires applicants and recipients use the current NIH Biosketch and Other Support formats for applications, JIT Reports and RPPRs.

  • Electronic signatures and supporting documentation are required.
  • Failure to follow the appropriate formats may cause NIH to withdraw applications from or delay consideration of funding.

Watch this video clip (4 min 7 seconds) from the most recent NIH Grants Policy Update webinar for additional details:

OSRD will provide additional updates as they become available from the NIH. As we move towards the NIH Common Forms implementation deadline, Research Administration will be providing training on the use of the new Common Forms and SciENcv.