External funding support

Welcome to the UNMC Sponsored Programs Administration (SPAdmin).  SPAdmin offers services to faculty and grant administrators to support their pursuit and management of external funding.


SPAdmin is the official authorized signature authority of UNMC for sponsored program grants and contracts. Responsibilities include:

  • Assisting faculty and administrators complete external applications based on the policies and procedures of the university and sponsors
  • Negotiating final terms for government and non-profit grants, contracts, and subcontracts
  • Reviewing and approving budgets and applications to outside sponsors
  • Establishing accounts and set up budgets for all federal, non-profit, and for-profit awarded grants and contracts based on sponsor regulation
  • Processing budget revisions, no-cost extension requests, and grant transfers
  • Maintaining the grant and contract database and tracking pending and funded projects

contact us
Sponsored Programs Administration
987835 Nebraska Medical Center
Academic and Research Services Building
Omaha, NE 68198-7835
Phone:  402-559-7456

What's New
NE DHHS 2015 Stem Cell Research Project - Internal screening deadline: Monday, March 9, 2015

NIH and AHRQ require new biosketch format effective 05/25/2015

The new format includes the following changes:

  • Page limit extends from 4 to 5 pages
  • The Personal Statement section will allow for the identification of up to four publications that specifically highlight the researcher’s qualifications for the current project
  • A new Contribution to Science section will allow researchers to describe up to five of their most significant contributions to science (replaces the "Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications" section) 
  • Within the Contribution to Science section, researchers will be able to provide a link to a full list of their published work as found in a publicly available digital database

NIH salary cap increase effective 01/11/2015

The NIH salary cap increased from $181,500 to $183,300.  Per UNMC Institutional Base Salary (IBS) policy #6102, IBS "is capped at the current published NIH salary limitation level only for grant and contract proposals sponsored by the NIH or by those sponsors that utilize the NIH salary cap; for all other proposals, the total institutional base salary is used."

Major changes to federal funding rules go into effect 12/26/2014 for new awards

Last year, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released new “Uniform Guidance” (UG), which has been described as the single most significant change in research regulations in the last fifty years.

The UG will replace eight circulars that apply to universities, state agencies, hospitals, and others, including:

  • A-21 Cost Principles for Educational Institutions
  • A-110 Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Other Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals and Other Non-Profit Organizations
  • A-133 Audits of States, Local Governments and Non-Profit Organizations

The federal goals of Uniform Guidance are:

  • Easing administrative burden
  • Reducing waste, fraud, and abuse and ensuring financial integrity of taxpayer dollars