Funding Opportunities

Rapid Response Opportunities

Rapid response opportunities have an internal deadline under 60 days.

Basic & Translational Research on the Zika Virus  

2016 Request for Applications

Deadline:  July 10, 2016
Download the complete RFA 
Link to program announcement and forms

Program Guidelines

The Nebraska Neuroscience Alliance Endowed Fund (NNA) and the Center for Neurovirology and Neurodegenerative Disorders Multiple Sclerosis Research Excellence Fund at the University of Nebraska Foundation are pleased to announce the first request for proposals for basic and translational research on the Zika Virus (ZIKV) and its complications. 

This grant will support a single award up to $85,000 supporting an interdisciplinary research team for studies on the immunologic, virologic or neurodevelopmental consequences of ZIKV exposure during pregnancy, the early postnatal period and/or its linkages to autoimmune disorders such as multiple sclerosis. The research would focus primarily on the ability of ZIKV infection to alter the developing central nervous system, including relevant cognitive and behavioral outcomes. NNA program staff will also review and consider applications over a broad range of disciplines beyond the listings of the RFA.

Applications need to include a research plan up to six pages with specific aims, background, preliminary data, research plan and intended outcomes including federal grant proposals, along with a detailed budget and biographical sketches of participating faculty members.

The deadline for submission is July 10, 2016 with review and funding decisions made by August 1, 2016. 

Areas of priority include:  

  • Investigations of the mechanisms by which ZIKV affects the developing nervous system.
  • Studies of virus-cell biology, replication cycle, cytopathicity and modes of entry.
  • Studies of immunity at the cellular and innate levels.
  • Studies to identify risk for sequelae in exposed but uninfected infants.
  • Investigations of the developing nervous system in regards to sites of viral replication and secondary glial-neuronal responses.
  • Studies to assess and characterize the neurodevelopmental consequences of ZIKV infection. 
  • Use of unique biomarkers to assess infection and secondary sequelae. 
  • Vaccine development and preventative strategies.

Contact Information

Howard E Gendelman, MD, email or 402-559-8920

NPOD Call for Proposals  

The Nebraska Center for the Prevention of Obesity Diseases through Dietary Molecules (NPOD) seeks to identify a new cohort of project leaders. The NPOD is funded by a Center for Biomedical Research Excellence grant (award number P20GM104320) from the NIH, and builds research infrastructure in obesity research and nutrient signaling at UNL and UNMC.

The NPOD supports up to five project leaders at any given time. Project leader funding is the highest level of support provided by NPOD, and project leaders will be paired with mentors to guide them to success, defined as securing independent federal funding.

Letters of intent are due August 1, 2016, with a funding start date of June 1, 2017.

The RFA can be found at: http://cehs.unl.edu/npod/project-leader-rfa-2016/

Vouchers for Core Facilities  

The Center for Neurosensory Systems, a Center for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) is soliciting applications for vouchers to be used to access core facilities and stimulate new research directions.  Faculty members from UNMC, Creighton University, or Boys Town National Research Hospital may apply. The funds cannot be used to replace costs included in existing grants, and proposals must indicate how the results will be used to support new grant applications.

Application Deadline: Rolling, applications will be reviewed quarterly (First review is November 4th, 2015)

Award Amount: Up to $5,000

Application Form & Guidelines

Contact Shelley Smith, PhD, FACMG, for more information.

DoD Funding Opportunities  
This booklet of Department of Defense sponsored opportunities are provided as a quick reference for researchers. DoD opportunities should always be considered as rapid response with very short timelines between the call for proposals and the closing date.  Contact Dr. Paula Turpen (402-559-6162) in the Office of Research for questions regarding working with the Department of Defense.

Catalog of DoD Funding Opportunities

OnPAR Online Partnership to Accelerate Research  

The Online Partnership to Accelerate Research (OnPAR) was conceived to re-accelerate the biomedical research and development enterprise by seeking a larger return on NIH's peer review investment on research proposals evaluated in the top 30% in each NIH Institute and Center.  The goal of OnPAR is to match quality biomedical research projects with priority areas of interest of private foundations, and pharmaceutical and biotech companies and/or other private biomedical research funders.

How to Apply

Leidos has worked with NIH Program Officers to inform applicant Principal Investigators that have scored well, but below the Institute/Center payline, about OnPAR. If an applicant scored in the top 30% and is not funded by NIH, he/she is welcome to submit an abstract for consideration. Qualified applicants are invited to register with OnPAR and participate in the submission and review process. It is not necessary to re-write an application. OnPAR will accept the NIH abstract that was submitted by the applicant, and if invited, his/her submitted NIH application and Summary Statement. 

Read more about the application process and register for OnPAR

Edna Ittner Pediatric Research Support Fund Program  

2015 Call for Proposals is CLOSED

Program Summary

The Edna Ittner Pediatric Research Support Fund, which awards grants for the study of diseases and birth defects of children, is now open for applications.

Eligibility

All UNMC faculty members are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to requests from faculty members in the Department of Pediatrics within the College of Medicine and the University of Nebraska Medical Center if the number of scientifically meritorious requests exceeds available funds.

Award

Up to $35,000 for a one-year period (October 15, 2015 to October 14, 2016)

  • Indirect costs are unallowable
  • Faculty salary is not allowed

Historically, the Ittner Trust has funded up to three grants annually.  

Application Submission Requirements

The proposal must be submitted in accordance with NIH application standards.  Applications should include:

Applications may be submitted to SPAdmin in one of two formats: 1) PDF emailed to spadmin@unmc.edu or 2) one original (unstapled) hard copy.

Timeline

Friday, September 11, 2015………………Applications due to SPAdmin no later than 5pm                             

Thursday, October 15, 2015………………Awards announced by Review Committee

 For more information:

 Edna Ittner Program Guidelines

Otis Glebe Medical Research Foundation  

Application Deadline:  2015 Deadline is CLOSED

Program Summary

The Otis Glebe Medical Research Foundation, which awards grants to projects focused on translational research, is now open for applications. Projects of particular interest will be those that emphasize the translation of laboratory findings to clinical practice and those that facilitate the application of research findings to the community to enhance the adoption of best practices. 

 Eligibility

All current UNMC faculty members are eligible to apply.

Award

The Glebe Foundation anticipates that it will fund one grant of up to $90,000 for a one-year period.

  • Indirect costs are unallowable
  • Salary for the Principal Investigator is not allowed

 Application Submission Requirements

Proposals must be submitted in accordance with NIH application standards and should include:

  • Face Page – does not need to be signed (shortened version can be found here)
  • Internal forms in ADIS are not required at the time of application

 Applications may be submitted to SPAdmin as a PDF emailed to spadmin@unmc.edu.

Review Process: Proposals will be submitted to an internal committee of UNMC reviewers for initial consideration. The final selection will be made by the Otis Glebe Medical Research Foundation. Funds will typically be available within one month of award notification.

 Deadline

Monday, September 21, 2015……Applications due to SPAdmin no later than 5pm; a PDF may be emailed to spadmin@unmc.edu.                           

 For more information:

  •  Otis Glebe Medical Research Foundation Program Guidelines (click here)
  • If you have questions, please contact Holly Dunning, Coordinator, Sponsored Programs Administration, at 402-559-7456 or holly.dunning@unmc.edu