Funding Opportunities

Rapid Response Opportunities

Rapid response opportunities have an internal deadline under 60 days.

Call for Applications for Imaging Related Pilot Projects Grants  

Nebraska Center for Nanomedicine (NCN)

 It is recognized that adding non-invasive imaging studies to characterize biodistribution and efficacy is difficult and expensive. 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 (Small Animal MRI).

Awards will be made for a 5 month period with funded amounts up to $10,000 per project.

Budget Guidelines:

The budget must not exceed $10,000 total.

The budget will cover time charges for small animal MRI use that is $160/hr. Time charges includes the cost of a trained technologist for animal handling and scanning as well as aid and training for data processing and interpretation.

Submission deadline: December 11, 2017
Peer Review Date(s): December 18, 2017

Start Date(s): January 1, 2018

The funds are to be used to offset the high cost of imaging services, allowing meritorious use of these facilities at no cost to the investigator.


Please direct all questions to Yutong Liu at or 559-8340 or Tatiana Bronich at or 559-9351.  Applications must be submitted electronically to Chris Allmon ( no later than December 11, 2017

Application Instructions:

  • Format: Three page description of the proposed project, following the NIH format guidelines (specific aims, research strategy, etc.).
  •  The proposal should include clear plans outlining the contents of the manuscript to be submitted upon completion of the project as well as plans for future funding requests.

 Eligibility and Requirements:

  •  All full time faculty at UNMC are eligible. The projects related to nanomedicine will have a priority but all other areas of research will be considered
  •  Early-stage investigators are strongly encouraged to apply.
  •  Individuals with transient commitments to or from their institutions will not be eligible. Thus, post- doctoral fellows and visiting professors and investigators with no more than adjunct appointments are not eligible.
  •  It is our intention to fund those projects most likely to result in meritorious applications being submitted to external funding agencies such as the NIH.
  •  We will accept applications seeking support for projects that already have seed grant support from other sources. However, such applications must make it unambiguously clear how NCN funds will add to the likelihood of a meritorious proposal being submitted.
  •  We ask that applicants verify that all regulatory affairs requirements are being satisfied and, if applicable, provide IACUC protocol numbers. If such protocols have not yet been approved, the investigators will be obligated to provide evidence of protocol approval (protocol number and approved application) before funding can commence.
  •  We require a final progress report sent to the NCN no later than 30 days after the end of pilot grant support. The reports will contain a summary of progress and scholarly activities such as presentations and publications. These annual/final reports will be reviewed by the NCN internal advisory committee and then the reports will be included as part of our annual progress report to the NIH.

 Review of Applications:

All proposals will be evaluated for scientific merit by our Internal Advisory Board.  As in the past for internal review mechanisms like this, we will not be providing detailed critiques of proposals that are not recommended for funding.

If you have questions about this RFA, please, e-mail or call Dr. Yutong Liu ( or 559-8340).

Chronic HIV & Aging in NeuroAIDS Developmental Core RFA  

Deadline:  December 18, 2017

The Developmental Core grant program is designed to mentor and support new investigators and new ideas in HIV/AIDS research related to effects of chronic HIV infection, co-morbidities, and aging on the central nervous system (CNS) including sex differences and viral reservoirs.

Applications are accepted from junior investigators and from established investigators in other fields applying their expertise to HIV/AIDS. All applicants must have faculty-level appointments within the University of Nebraska system. Applications must adhere to several criteria and will undergo a rigorous, objective review process.

Developmental grant recipients gain rapid financial support for their studies and access to many CHAIN Center core resources. The success of the Developmental Core, and continued National Institute of Mental Health funding, depends on subsequent grants and publications arising from work supported by the CHAIN Center Developmental Grants.’’

Developmental grants can be awarded for up to $50,000 for one year.

For complete instructions, guidelines, and links to forms visit:

Chronic HIV and Aging In NeuroAIDS 2017 Request for Applications


LB506 Cancer & Smoking Disease Research  

UNMC Deadline Friday, January 19th, 2018

 Program Summary

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NE DHHS) announced the Fiscal Year 2019 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 19, 2018.


Up to $50,000 for the period of July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019

  • No indirect costs allowed
  • No salary support for the PI or other faculty on full-time appointments allowed
    • To minimize cost-share, PIs or other faculty should commit no more than 2% effort

For more information

  • Nebraska Cancer and Smoking Disease Research Program website                                                                        
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. There will not be an option for a second year of funding. 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

Mouse Genome Engineering 

Tissue Science Facility

Creighton University Integrated Biomedical Imaging Facility

Auditory Physiology

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.


Applications should be e-mailed in pdf format to Shelley Smith by February 16, 2018.  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 May 1, 2018, with final approval by NIGMS after review of relevant IACUC or IRB approvals.  The anticipated award date is in September 1, 2018.

Download the RFA here

For Additional Information Please contact:  Shelley D Smith, PhD (402-559-5314 or email)

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