Funding Opportunities

Rapid Response Opportunities

Rapid response opportunities have an internal deadline under 60 days.

Otis Glebe Medical Research Foundation  

Application Deadline:  OCTOBER 24, 2016

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. 


All current UNMC faculty members are eligible to apply.  Only one application is allowed per faculty member


The Glebe Foundation anticipates that it will fund one grant of up to $94,000 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
  • Internal forms in ADIS are not required at the time of application

 Applications may be submitted to SPAdmin as a PDF emailed to

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.


Monday, October 24, 2016……Applications due to SPAdmin no later than 5pm; a PDF may be emailed to                           

 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 402-559-7458 or
Applications for Imaging Related Pilot Projects  

Deadline:  November 15, 2016
Budget:  may not exceed $10,000 total

Nebraska Center for Nanomedicine (NCN)

This Request for Applications is designed to remove the steep initial barrier to investigating the ability of imaging methods to enhance studies developing nanoformulated drugs. This funding is available to support costs of imaging and image processing among current and potential future NCN CoBRE investigators and their collaborators.

 One of our major goals is to support projects where it is judged likely that the investigators will generate a peer-reviewed manuscript and submit meritorious proposals to external agencies within 6 months after the completion of the NCN pilot project. Another goal is to promote appropriate application and use of NCN core technology, especially the UNMC Bioimaging Core Facility.

Awards will be made for 6 months period with funded amounts up to $10,000 per project. 

Download the RFA 

Please direct all questions to Michael Boska at or 559-3138 or Tatiana Bronich at or 559-9351.  Applications must be submitted electronically to Chris Allmon ( no later than November 15, 2016

2016 Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center RFA  

Deadline:  Monday, November 14, 2016

Applications for one-year pilot projects in cancer research may be submitted for one of six target areas. Applications must be prepared on the forms provided and either emailed as a single, complete PDF to Cindy Plate,, or provided as a file share through,by 4:00 PM on Monday, November 14, 2016. Additional submission instructions are included in the RFA.

 If you have questions, please contact Tony Hollingsworth by email ( or phone, 402.559.8343.

Download the RFA

CENTRIC Request for Applications  

Deadline: November 21, 2016
Download the RFA

The Center for Patient, Family, and Community Engagement in Chronic Care Management (CENTRIC) has announced its call for innovative, significant pilot projects related to strengthening patient, family, and community engagement in management of chronic conditions.  Research in any area will be considered with priority given to projects that will lead to future funding for a fully powered study. (e.g. R01 level or equivalent).

Awards up to $40,000 for 1 year per grant will be made. Interested applicants need to communicate with one of the CENTRIC Scientific Advancement Committee co-leaders, Drs. Ann Berger (College of Nursing) or Mohammed Siahpush (College of Public Health) to discuss the project idea.  Following this step, applications may be e-mailed as a PDF to Laura Robbins (, Project Coordinator and cc’d to Drs. Berger and Siahpush. Please include the words “pilot project application” and the last name of the Principal Investigator in the subject line of the e-mail. You will receive a confirmation e-mail upon receipt. Reviewers with expertise appropriate to content will be recruited. 

  • The deadline for applications is 11-21-2016
  • Notification for applications is 12-23-2016
  • Funding will not be provided until appropriate regulatory approval is obtained.
Edna Ittner Pediatric Research Support Fund Program  

2016 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.


All UNMC faculty members are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to requests from faculty members in the UNMC Department of Pediatrics if the number of scientifically meritorious requests exceeds available funds.


Up to $35,000 for a one-year period (November 1, 2016 to October 31, 2017)

  • 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 or 2) one original (unstapled) hard copy. 


Friday, September 30, 2016………………Applications due to SPAdmin no later than 5pm                             

Friday, October 28, 2016………………     Awards announced by Review Committee

 For more information:

 Edna Ittner Program Guidelines

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