Funding Opportunities

Rapid Response Opportunities

Rapid response opportunities have an internal deadline under 60 days.

NCIBC Pilot Project Program  

Deadline: May 31, 2018


NCIBC ( seeks to fund several new Project Leaders for Projects or Pilot Projects in the center’s focus areas as broadly defined below. Projects are typically funded for one or two years, Pilot Projects for one year with a limited possibility of renewal.

Diseases result when the internal stability and normal communications between tissues and cellular pathways are disrupted by genetic defects, environmental disturbances, or pathogens. NCIBC is funded by a Center for Biomedical Research Excellence grant (P20GM113126) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) to build institutional capacity and infrastructure for basic biomedical research. NCIBC is designed to be a natural mixing chamber to integrate the research activities of chemists, biochemists, engineers, and bioinformaticists to address critical knowledge gaps in our understanding of how cells communicate and to mechanistically define metabolic and regulatory pathways relevant to disease development and progression. NCIBC’s long-term goal is to foster the development of collaborative research teams with broad disciplinary representation to interrogate complex disease pathways, especially by connecting researchers who are developing new molecular probes and analytical and informatics technologies with those unravelling molecular mechanisms of complex diseases.


Individuals must qualify as an “Early Stage New Investigator” according to NIH guidelines, have a full-time tenure-leading appointment at UNL or UNMC, and not be supported by another CoBRE Center.
• The proposed research must fall into the areas of NCIBC focus as listed above with preference given to collaborative projects involving NCIBC members and to projects that will make use of the NCIBC Systems Biology Core and/or Data Management and Analysis Core facilities. See the website for summaries of currently supported projects.
• NCIBC Project Leaders must become participating members of the center.

Download the Program Announcement for further details and the application process.

RFP for Inclusion in upcoming SPORE Submission  

Deadline:  Friday, June 15, 2018

The UNMC SPORE in Pancreatic Cancer will submit a competitive renewal application in September 2018. With this RFP (Request for Projects), potential projects will be accepted for consideration for inclusion in the competitive renewal.

 All applications in response to the RFP must be emailed as a single PDF to Cindy Plate (email), with a cc to Tony Hollingsworth (email) by 4:00 PM on Friday, June 15, 2018. Please see RFP for additional information.


CENTRIC Pilot Grant Announcement  

LOI Deadline:  July 16, 2018 or sooner
Full applications: August 20, 2018 (for invited applicants)

The Center for Patient Family and Community Engagement in Chronic Care Management is pleased to announce funding to support pilot projects.  

Competitive Applications will address at least on of these priorities:

  • Develop biobehavioral interventions for use in varied clinical and community settings that pilot
    test a self-management intervention for multiple chronic conditions to reduce burden and
    disability, improve functioning and health related quality of life, strengthen patient activation and
    participation in health care, and prevent illness and complications. 
  • Design novel interventions, technologies, and social media that assist in monitoring symptom
    status, promoting health behavior modifications, and accessing/imparting health information to
    improve health and self-management outcomes in chronic illness. 
  • Incorporate research methodologies to include the use of technology to deliver interventions or
    monitor outcomes for self-management of chronic conditions in individuals, families and
Download the full announcement here.  The RFA and requirements for invitees can be found on the the CENTRIC website.
University of Nebraska Core Facility Grant Program for New Users  

This grant program is aimed at encouraging new users to employ NU core facilities in their research. The program is open to all faculty from any of the NU campuses. Awards are intended to be used to gather new or additional data for strengthening a grant proposal (new or resubmission) or for addressing reviewer concerns associated with a peer-reviewed manuscript.

Eligibility: Any faculty member (Assistant, Associate or Full Professors and equivalent-rank researchers) employed by any University of Nebraska campus is eligible to submit funding applications if they (or students/staff within their research group) have not used a specific core facility (or new technology platform within a core) during the last two fiscal years (2016-2017, 2015-2016) and who require these services to generate data to support new/resubmitted grants or resubmitted/revised manuscripts. Existing core users that request the same technologies/services from other cores (for example, standard electron microscopy on a different campus) are not considered new users.

Application Process:  Applications must be submitted electronically via Download RFA information, including restrictions, reporting requirements, and detailed application instructions here.

Amount: The maximum request is $5,000 per core facility and a total of $9,000 per new user if more than one core facility is to be used. 

Deadline: Proposals will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Please allow 2 – 3 weeks for review and decision on the proposal. Note that funds must be used by June 30, 2018; no new award will be made after May 1, 2018

For more information about the campus cores on any campus or applications for this program, please contact your campus' research office.  (UNMC: Paula Turpen, email or 402-559-6162)

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