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
New Fringe Benefit Rates Effective July 1

These rates have been loaded into SAP, Cayuse, and ADIS.  Electronic internal forms that are in progress and that have a start date of July 1, 2014, or later will convert to the new rates.

Edna Ittner Pediatric Research Support Fund applications due August 29, 2014

The Edna Ittner Pediatric Research Support Fund awards grants for the study of diseases and birth defects of children.  Priority will be given to requests from faculty members in the Department of Pediatrics in the College of Medicine and University of Nebraska Medical Center if the number of scientifically meritorious requests exceeds available funds.

Internal Deadlines for Proposal Submission

To reduce the risk of a proposal missing the sponsor’s deadline or being withdrawn for non-responsiveness, the following internal deadlines are in effect:

  • Departments notify SPAdmin of their plan to submit a proposal at least two weeks before the sponsor’s deadline.
  • Complete proposals are due to SPAdmin at least three whole business days before the sponsor’s deadline.

NIH and AHRQ Change in Resubmission Policy

Effective immediately, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) will accept a new (A0) application following an unsuccessful resubmission (A1).  The subsequent A0 application:

  • Need not demonstrate substantial changes in scientific direction compared to the A1
  • Must not contain a response to the previous reviewers’ comments (“Introduction”)

In 2009, the NIH changed its policy to allow only one resubmission (A1), with the goal of reducing the time from original submission to funded application.  The NIH reports that after this change, the number of applicants funded after only A0 submissions increased.  However, some investigators voiced concerns about having to take one’s research in a new direction in order to continue submitting applications.

The following policies remain in effect:

  • The NIH will not accept duplicate or highly overlapping applications under review at the same time
  • An A1 application must be submitted within 37 months of the A0 application
  • New Investigators may submit A1 applications for consecutive review cycles, using the New Investigator resubmission due dates (April 10, August 10, or December 10)