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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Upcoming Changes to InfoED Forms and NOA Processing Tasks

 Beginning on or about May 1, InfoEd users will see revised forms when initiating a new proposal or requesting set up when a NOA is received. Please contact Nancy Devino or your Preaward Analyst for any questions regarding the changes to the forms.

Changes to Forms effective May 1

Intent to Submit Form

New Question
Does your research have an impact on the recruitment or selection of UTMB talent based on race and/or ethnicity?
Why is OSP asking this?
The proposal may need to be reviewed for compliance with Texas Senate Bill 17 (SB17) which says that public institutions of higher education cannot engage in diversity, equity, and inclusion activities.
What happens if I check yes?
The PI will be sent an email to contact the Office of Strategic Research Development (OSRD) where staff will assist them in framing the project and using language that does not conflict with SB17.

UTMB Questionnaire

New Questions
Will this study require storage or transfer of secure data?
Will this study require that outside entities access data on UTMB servers?
Why is OSP asking this?
The project might require the involvement of UTMB Information Services (IS) staff to incorporate appropriate cybersecurity measures.
What happens if I check yes?
If awarded, OSP will refer the project to IS staff who will work with you to ensure the project complies with UTMB cybersecurity policies.

NOA Processing Tasks

New Departmental Task During NOA Processing
Provide a backstop account to be used for closeout. 
Why is OSP asking this?
The backstop account will be used to clear any award account deficit accrued as of the time of award closeout.
What happens if I leave it blank?
A backstop account must be provided to proceed with account set up. If not provided, the OSP Pre-Award Analyst will return the NOA workflow assignment to the department until the account number is provided.