Surgery Research Office

Welcome to the Surgery Research 2021 Q4 Update

Meet the Surgery Research Administration Office (SRO) Team
From left to right: Crystal, Qinyin (Diana), Susan, Jackie, Stephanie, Michelle and Deb

Jackie Pavlik, Research Operations Administrator
Contact: | 402-559-6759
Oversees SRO Team, assists investigators with grants, contracts, personnel & facilities.

Susan McCarthy, Accountant
Contact: | 402-559-5572 

Provides projections on all current accounts, handles cost transfers, research invoices and negative balance issues, prepares reports for available balances. 


Michelle Varney, MS, Research Administration Specialist
Contact: | 402-836-9121

Post-award administration (award modification, project reporting, close-out), grant submission, also assists with research compliance, procurement and facilities maintenance. 

Stephanie Watts, Accountant

Responsible for P-card reconciliation, account balance monitoring on federal projects, sub-contracts and department research accounts, Journal entries and funding changes. 


Crystal Krause, PhD, Assistant Professor
Contact: |402-660-0091 

Helps develop animal and human study for IACUC or IRB submission and compliance, consults on study feasibility. 

Qinyin (Diana) Shi, PhD,
Research Administration Specialist
Contact: | 402-836-9121 

Pre-award administration (finding funding, budget, forms and strategy), grant submission, proposal editing, also assists with research compliance, procurement and facilities maintenance. 


Debra Bergman, MPH, Clinical Research Coordinator
Contact: | 402-559-2127 

Responsible for pre-study budget and compliance set up, site initiation, patient consent, reporting, everything IRB.


Grant Proposal Submission Schedule – Faculty: Your responses are needed!

Please let us know if you have any grant submissions planned for Nov 2021 – Feb 2022.

Upcoming deadlines:

Dec 10, 2021 – Last day you may submit a NIH R01, R21, and R34 (standard due dates) using continuous submission for the May Advisory Council Round

Jan 5, 2022 – NIH STTR/SBIR Proposal and Sub Proposal

Jan 17, 2022 – Nebraska Research Initiative (NRI) Collaboration Initiative (Internal grant)

Jan 26, 2022 – NIH Stephen I. Katz Early Stage Investigator Research Project Grant (Parent R01)

Feb 5, 2022 – NIH R01 new submission (standard due dates)

Feb 23, 2022 – NIH R25 Short-Term Research Education Program to Enhance Diversity in Health-Related Research

Mar 5, 2022 – NIH R01 resubmission (standard due dates) 

Research Resources

The Department of Surgery is implementing processes for the review of new clinical research studies. Divisions with research coverage (i.e: Cardiovascular and Oncology) will continue with their current workflow. For divisions without research coverage, investigators proposing new clinical research studies will need to submit a SCRO Study Feasibility Survey to the Surgery Clinical Research Office (SCRO). These forms will be reviewed by the Clinical Trials Focused Teams (CTFT), which will meet as-needed when forms are submitted for review. The CTFT meetings will be scheduled on Wednesday, 4:00-5:00pm once a month or as needed.

If you have any clinical research questions, please contact the SCRO:

The Vice Chancellor for Research sponsors Funding Institutional, a searchable database of funding opportunities from over 4,000 public and private funding sources, for use by UNMC researchers. This unique tool also allows campus researchers to search current opportunities by keyword, set up alerts for new programs and view recommended opportunities based on their individual research profile. For more information, please visit VCR Funding Institutional web page:

The Surgery Research Office has purchased grant writing workbooks to help surgery investigators navigate the grant submission process. These books offer a step-by-step guide on how to write each section of the proposal and contain tips and strategies on how to develop a well-crafted and competitive application. We have two versions of the workbooks available: an NIH specific version and a Successful Proposals to Any Agency version. If you are interested in checking out either of these books, for up to 10 days, please contact the Surgery Research Office at 402-836-9121/402-559-9379 or email Michelle Varney at

Funding Opportunity Highlights:

NIH 2021 Virtual Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration is happening Nov. 1-4. Resources will be available online after the live event until Dec 4:

Great Plains IDeA Clinical and Translation Research Network:

SRO Team also shares targeted funding opportunity based on individual investigator’s research expertise and interest. Please contact Qinyin (Diana) at to be added to research info email list.