COM Internal Grants

Below are research-related grant and award opportunities available to faculty at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Please read below to obtain the criteria for each. Funds that are currently accepting applications are designated with an asterisk (*). Grant and award amounts are subject to annual review and may be adjusted accordingly. Contact the office of Research & Development with any questions.

Bridge Fund*

Bridge Funding is intended to provide critical support to established investigators threatened by an imminent lapse in research funding; both traditional bridge and retooling funding are available. Contact Howard Fox at hfox@unmc.edu for more information on this opportunity. (Application Deadline: Rolling)

Mary G. and George W. White Fund for Medical Research

This funding opportunity is intended for “Junior Faculty” (Instructors, Assistant Professors, and Associate Professors without tenure). The funds are intended to spark new, innovative ideas and to test theories so that data can be collected that will lead to sustainable extramural funding (e.g. NIH). These projects will push the limit of breakthrough thinking and go outside the constraints of “safe science.” The hypothesis should be clearly stated, and should include how the data obtained will be used to prove or disprove the hypothesis.  The donor family has a particular interest in cancer and neurodegenerative diseases, but all aspects of disease-related research will be considered. Proposals should include a first page with the investigators name, position, department, title of proposal, the hypothesis, and the specific aim(s). It should also include whether human or animal research will be conducted, and please note those approvals are needed before the start of research. The proposal will follow and it is to be a maximum of three pages. The proposal itself should contain a background, significance, innovation, any preliminary data (not required) and the research plan. An additional 1-page reference list can follow. A budget for $55,000 should also be included, along with a budget justification, and is not included in the three-page limit. Each application will be reviewed by the Research and Development Committee of the College of Medicine with final approval by the Dean of the College of Medicine. Please submit your applications to jen.brady@unmc.edu during the application period. (Most Recent Application Deadline: March 1, 2019)

Frances E. Lageschulte and Evelyn B. Weese New Frontiers in Medical Research Fund

This funding opportunity is intended for all “All Faculty” (Instructors, Assistant Professors, Associate Professors, and Professors). In 2019, there will be up to two $55,000 awards given. The funds are intended for projects that explore innovative directions in medical science and offer the greatest hope for significant improvement in healthcare. The hypothesis should be clearly stated, and should include how the data obtained will be used to prove or disprove the hypothesis.  All aspects of disease-related research will be considered. Proposals should include a first page with the investigators name, position, department, title of proposal, the hypothesis, and the specific aim(s). It should also include whether human or animal research will be conducted, and please note those approvals are needed before the start of research. The proposal will follow and it is to be a maximum of three pages. The proposal itself should contain a background, significance, innovation, any preliminary data (not required) and the research plan. Conclude with a statement on how the research will be sustained after the funding ends (i.e. extramural or other funding plans). An additional 1-page reference list can follow. A one-year budget for $55,000 should also be included, along with a budget justification, and is not included in the three-page limit. Please use the NIH format for budget and justification. Each application will be reviewed by the Research and Development Committee of the College of Medicine with final approval by the Dean of the College of Medicine. Please submit your applications to jen.brady@unmc.edu during the application period. (Most Recent Application Deadline: March 1, 2019)

 

Joseph P. and Harriet K. Gilmore Distinguished New Investigator Award

The Joseph P. and Harriet K. Gilmore Distinguished New Investigator Award is a long standing tradition in the College of Medicine to recognize the research accomplishments of faculty who are emerging as outstanding independent investigators.  The recipient will be recognized at a symposium and reception sponsored by the Dean of the College of Medicine. The criteria for selection of candidates are that they must be at the assistant professor level with demonstrated excellence and productivity in research.  The award will recognize the accomplishments of faculty doing biomedical research.  Department leaders are instructed to forward your nominating letter and any other supportive materials including a current CV of the nominee, to Jen Brady at jen.brady@unmc.edu in the Office of Research and Development during the nomination period. (Most Recent Application Deadline: September 21, 2018)

Program of Excellence – Physician-Scientist Training Program 

This program supports development of translational/clinical investigators on our campus. The Physician-Scientist Training Program was developed to provide research-oriented residents/fellows or junior faculty the opportunity to develop careers in biomedical research. For residents/fellows these would be ones that your department plans to recruit as faculty. The purpose and goal of this program is to not only help alleviate the critical shortage of physician-scientists in this country, but it is also designed to recruit and retain physician-scientists that will become productive faculty members at UNMC. The award totals $200,000, which is comprised of a two year salary plus benefits award of $75,000 per year, plus $25,000 per year for supplies/operating expenses. The program is targeted to individuals you believe should be recruited/retained for our faculty following successful completion of this program. There will be one slot available for the current fiscal year. If you feel that you have a viable candidate for this program, please include in the application: candidate CV, any fellowships during his/her training, previous research, a statement of the research goals by the nominee and his/her plan to achieve independent funding. In addition to the application materials, please also provide a letter of nomination that includes the stated protected time you are willing to accommodate for his/her research. The application materials, excluding the CV and the nominator’s letter, should not exceed four pages. We would welcome the opportunity to assist a resident, fellow, or junior faculty member whose future goals are in line with the purpose and goals of this program. Please submit your applications to jen.brady@unmc.edu during the application period. (Most Recent Application Deadline: October 17, 2018)

Stake-a-Thon for Parkinson's Fund

The Program provides two $10,000 awards and will be made for one basic and one clinical proposal. The funds will be made available by application for faculty, postdoctoral fellows, residents, and (MD) fellows. The project for the funding should be the applicant’s idea. It must be new and in support of Parkinson’s disease research and/or education in the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience or the Department of Neurological Sciences in the College of Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The funding cannot be used for travel. It must be expended within one year of the date received. Please send a copy of your proposal and include preliminary data if available, a copy of your CV, and if applicable, the mentor of postdoctoral fellows, residents, and (MD) fellows supporting the application. At the end of the proposal include a statement of the future direction of your project.  Each application will be reviewed by the Research and Development Committee of the College of Medicine with final approval by the Dean of the College of Medicine. Please submit your applications to jen.brady@unmc.edu during the application period. (Most Recent Application Deadline: November 9, 2018) 

Eugene Kenney Memorial Fund

The primary intent of this award is to support investigators in their efforts to obtain preliminary data for extramural funding for asthma research. There will be one award in the amount of $20,000 for one year. The application is limited to 3 pages with sections to include background, significance, innovation, and approach with supportive data if applicable such as you would submit in a NIH grant application. At the end of the application, a time line should be present which must include plans for submission for extramural funding and has the source(s) stated. Please also include the attached face page regarding compliance information. The budget is to be one page and cannot include faculty salary or travel. Collaborators from other departments, colleges or institutes, are allowed, but the PI has to be from UNMC COM. The applicant must be faculty member and not a fellow. Please submit your applications to jen.brady@unmc.edu during the application period. (Most Recent Application Deadline: November 19, 2018)