Funding Opportunities

Rapid Response Opportunities

Rapid response opportunities have an internal deadline under 60 days.

IDeA-CTR Scholars Program  

Application Deadline:  January 13, 2017

The IDeA-CTR Scholars Program is administered through an NIH/NIGMS grant entitled “Great Plains IDeA CTR” with the goal of developing successful clinical translational research (CTR) investigators.
To achieve this goal, the program will provide selected Scholars with the protected time and seed grant funding to develop competitive CTR projects for submission to the NIH. Scholars accepted into
the program will receive salary support of up to 50% FTE (including up to 23% fringe benefits) and up to $50,000 annually to support preliminary research efforts for up to four years. Indirect costs are not
allowed.

Download the RFA

Questions

Questions arising during application development may be sent directly the Professional Development KCA Director, Dr. Ted Mikuls (tmikuls@unmc.edu) or Operational Director, Dr. Lani Zimmerman (lzimmerm@unmc.edu).

IDeA-CTR Pilot Grant Program  

Application Deadline:  January 16 2017

The IDeA-CTR Pilot Grant Program is administered through an NIH/NIGMS grant entitled “Great Plains IDeA CTR.” The goal of the program is to provide a mechanism to test the most promising and novel clinical and translational (CTR) projects, and help investigators obtain preliminary data necessary for successful investigator-initiated extramural grants. Successful applicants will receive up to $50,000 annually, as well as access to resources of the Great Plains IDeA CTR to support these research efforts.

New interdisciplinary collaborations, inter-institution proposals, and links to existing other IDeA programs (INBRE and COBRE) in the participating Great Plains region are encouraged. Projects that make an impact on the medically disadvantaged or underrepresented groups will be prioritized, as will those that can introduce or evaluate new tools or technologies useful in isolated (e.g. rural or home-bound) patients. Work on factors that affect health, disease, and aging across the lifespan will be accepted. Highest priority will be given to the strongest science and those projects most likely to lead to successful extramural funding.

Download the RFA

Questions

Please direct questions to the Pilot Grant Director, Dr. Howard Fox, hfox@unmc.edu or the Great Plains IDeA CTR Education Coordinator, Ms. Heather Braddock, heather.braddock@unmc.edu.

NE LB506 Cancer and Smoking Disease Research Funds  

Deadline:  Friday, January 20th, 2017

Program Summary

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NE DHHS) announced the Fiscal Year 2018 Cancer and Smoking Disease Research Funds grant competition. Funded by LB506, this program focuses on reducing cancer and smoking-related diseases. The program gives priority to scientific technical or behavioral research proposals relating directly to the prevention of cancer and smoking-related diseases. Preferred applications will focus on innovative, new research that could support future proposals for external peer-reviewed funding.    

 Interested Principal Investigators (PIs) must submit applications to SPAdmin by Friday, January 20, 2017.

 Award

Up to $50,000 for the period of July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018

  • No indirect costs allowed
  • No salary support for the PI or other faculty on full-time appointments allowed
    • UNMC requires researchers to commit effort to projects for which they will serve as PIs. To minimize cost-share, SPAdmin recommends committing no more than 10%

 

New Requirements

NE DHHS changed its FY2018 application requirements to include

  • Only one application per PI
  • A Table of Contents at the beginning of the Appendix (if any) listing the items included in the Appendix
  • Letters of Support at the end of Section1. General Information (after the Certification of Non-Acceptance of Tobacco Funds)

Download the RFA

Contact Sponsored Programs for information and assistance.  

Mentored Pilot Research Projects  

The Center for Neurosensory Systems, a Center for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) is soliciting applications for pilot grants concerning the molecular mechanisms regulating the development and maintenance of function of the auditory, visual, and central nervous systems. 

 Applications can request up to $100,000 for one year, with the possibility of competitive renewal for a second year. Proposals must indicate how the pilot study results will be used to support R01 or equivalent applications.

 COBRE programs have a primary focus in career development and include a structured mentoring program, so preference is given to junior faculty members, established researchers who are adding a new research focus, or clinicians starting a research program.  We will work with successful applicants to match them with an appropriate research and career mentor, and they are expected to meet regularly.

Preference will also be given to projects which utilize any of our sponsored core facilities:  

Genomics, including DNA and RNA Sequencing 
(http://www.unmc.edu/vcr/cores/vcr-cores/dna-sequencing/index.html)

Mouse Genome Engineering  
(http://www.unmc.edu/vcr/cores/vcr-cores/mgec/index.html)

Tissue Science Facility 
(http://www.unmc.edu/pathology/research/facilities/tsf/index.html )

Creighton University Biomedical Imaging 
(http://medschool.creighton.edu/biomedicalsciences/research/technologyequipment/integratedbiomedicalimagingfacility/)

Auditory Physiology 
(https://www.boystownhospital.org/research/molecularstudies/Pages/DevelopmentalAuditoryPhysiology.aspx ).

 Who may apply:

Applicants must have full-time independent faculty appointments at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Creighton University, or Boys Town National Research Hospital.

 Application Format:

Applications should reflect the format of R21 applications (PHS 398) and contain the following:

Biosketch of the applicant 
Detailed budget for the first year 
Title and Abstract 
Specific Aims (1 page) 
Research Strategy (up to 6 pages) including Significance, Innovation, Approach, and Preliminary Data.  Since these are pilot projects which may have little preliminary data, that section may be used to demonstrate relevant experience in related research.

 Timetable:

Applications should be e-mailed in pdf format to Shelley Smith by January 13, 2017.  They will be reviewed by a local steering committee and by an External Advisory Committee. Finalists will present their projects at an annual meeting of the External Advisory Committee on April 20, 2017, with final approval by NIGMS after review of relevant IACUC or IRB approvals.  The anticipated award date is in September 1, 2017.

 For additional information please contact:

 Shelley D. Smith, Ph.D. 
402-559-5314 
shelley.smith@unmc.edu

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

Otis Glebe Medical Research Foundation  

Application Deadline:  2016 Call has 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.  Only one application is allowed per faculty member

Award

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 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, October 24, 2016……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 402-559-7458 or holly.dunning@unmc.edu
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.

Eligibility

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.

Award

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 spadmin@unmc.edu or 2) one original (unstapled) hard copy. 

Timeline

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