CHRI Grants


CHRI members (full, associate and trainee) may apply for Child Health Research Institute (CHRI) grants. Affiliate members must work in collaboration with another member to apply for funding. Please visit our membership page to review benefits by tiers and/or submit your application.

Two categories of grant applications are considered: CHRI Research Grants and CHRI Mini-Grants.

Grant awards will be for a period of one year with the option to carry over funds for a second unfunded year, if requested. For active CHRI projects, to request this no-cost extension, please complete this form. Unspent funds will revert back to the general CHRI Research Fund after completion of the research period.

CHRI Fund Grant Application Process

Investigators must fully complete the CHRI Grant Application and send them to A confirmation email will be sent acknowledging receipt of your application. Applications for all CHRI grants will be accepted quarterly with the following deadlines: February 15, May 15, August 15 and November 15 (deadlines are respected regardless of the day of the week they fall on and applicants have until midnight on the deadline to submit). Submission of a grant application requires that the grant has been reviewed and approved by the corresponding Division Chief/Chair/Supervisor of the PI and that sufficient time and/or resources will be allowed by the supervisor to conduct the research. Grant status notifications will be sent to investigator four to six weeks following grant deadlines. IMPORTANT: For studies requiring services from the Pediatric Research Office / involving human subjects, please submit your proposal, including budget/protocol, to at least one week prior to the grant submission deadline for review.

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Design of Research Study  
Prior to submitting a grant application, applicants are encouraged to contact the UNMC Center for Collaboration on Research Design and Analysis (CCORDA) for assistance with the design of research studies and statistical analysis. The statistical consultation costs are often defrayed by the College of Medicine.


Regulatory Approval  
Approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) or Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC) does not need to be applied for or obtained prior to grant submission. IRB or IACUC approval must be certified prior to release of funds. While the Pediatric Research Office (PRO) is unable to write these proposals from scratch, the PRO is available to provide review support to help facilitate a timely approval. Please contact the PRO if you would like someone to review your IRB or IACUC application prior to submission.
Review Process  

The CHRI Grant Review Committee will review grant applications for scientific merit, feasibility and impact. Review criteria will include scoring for significance, innovation, research approach, investigator/resources, collaborative potential, sustainability and potential for future external funding. An overall impact score will be assigned to each grant application. All applicants will receive a summary of the Committee’s review. Applicants will be permitted to resubmit a revised grant application in a subsequent cycle that addresses the reviewers’ concerns.

CHRI Grant Review Committee Leadership: Chair - William Rizzo, MD; Vice Chair - Russell McCulloh, MD

Creating a Budget  

A detailed and reasonable budget must be submitted and justified. Salary for faculty, clinical staff or pediatric fellows/residents will not be permitted.  If you are requesting PRO support for the project, these costs MUST be included.  Please contact the PRO prior to submission for consultation on how to include these costs in your project. Please justify costs in the Budget section, since smaller, more efficient grant budgets will permit more research projects to be funded. Matching funds for the research, if necessary and available, should be outlined and supported by a letter from the applicant’s Division or Department Chair or Supervisor. For resources and support to complete a budget, please contact the PRO.

Allowable and non-allowable expenses overview.

Progress Reports & Expectations  

A progress report must be submitted to the CHRI Grant Review Committee every six months and at the completion of the project. Results of research grants will be presented at the annual CHRI Pediatric Research Forum. All CHRI-funded principal investigators will be asked to present their research at the CHRI Research Seminar Series that alternates locations between UNMC and Children’s Hospital & Medical Center. Publications and presentations arising from this grant must acknowledge the support of the CHRI Research Fund and should be forwarded to the CHRI for tracking. Applications for extramural funding and awards based on data gathered from the CHRI-funded project should also be sent to and tracked by CHRI administration.