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Ray Vaughn, PhD
Vice President for Research

Welcome to the UAH Office of Research! We are very proud of our research record and our extremely productive faculty, research staff, and student body that have contributed to UAH being named by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to the "Very High Activity" research category, placing us among a select group of public universities in America with this ranking. Our research endeavors vary greatly according to discipline and research center interest. Today, NASA and the Department of Defense remain our largest research sponsors. UAH consistently ranks among the top universities with respect to both NASA and DoD research expenditures as reported by the National Science Foundation. Backed by the UAH Strategic Plan, our faculty and staff are actively growing strong relationships with the Department of Energy, NIH, NOAA/NWS, and NSF. We are also positioned as the anchor tenant in Cummings Research Park, the second-largest corporate Research and Technology park in the U.S. Our research expenditures continue to grow while contributing to the academic mission, to scientific literature, and to economic development in our community and across the nation. During the past five years, UAH researchers have performed over $400 million in contracts and grants, the university has awarded over 1800 graduate degrees, and created more than $5 million in licenses and royalty fees from an intellectual property portfolio that is based on over 100 invention and copyright disclosures. These results have been possible because of the efforts of our faculty, staff, and students in the UAH colleges and research centers, and the successful partnerships that they have established across the U.S. and around the world.

We welcome you to the UAH research enterprise and I and my staff look forward to hearing from you. Whether you are a current or potential UAH employee, student, research partner, or stakeholder, please do not hesitate to contact us with research related questions and comments.

From The Desk of the OVPR

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Launches a Demo Site


We are pleased to announce the launch of the Demo Site in order to further improve the project reporting process. The Demo Site provides National Science Foundation (NSF) awardees (specifically PIs, co-PIs and Sponsored Project Office staff) the opportunity to explore and familiarize themselves with preparing, submitting, and reviewing NSF project reports without actually submitting a real report.

Since the transition of project reporting from FastLane to, the Team has been working diligently with NSF Staff and Awardees to identify and implement solutions to the challenges faced by the research community when submitting project reports. As part of this effort, the Team heard how helpful awardees find the FastLane Demo Site and has prioritized and developed a Demo Site. The Demo Site will help reduce user confusion around submitting a project report by providing a platform for practicing how to use the tool. Additionally, the Team is developing an instructional video tutorial on submitting project reports to assist NSF awardees.

While NSF awardees can practice preparing, submitting and reviewing NSF project reports on the Demo Site, not all functionality available in is available in the Demo site, including:


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