Funding Opportunities

Rapid Response Opportunities

Rapid response opportunities have an internal deadline under 60 days.

Otis Glebe Research Foundation  

Application Deadline: Monday, November 4, 2019

Program Summary

The Otis Glebe Medical Research Foundation, which awards grants to projects focused on translational research, is now open for applications. Projects of particular interest will be those that emphasize the translation of laboratory findings to clinical practice and those that facilitate the application of research findings to the community to enhance the adoption of best practices.

Eligibility

All current UNMC faculty members are eligible to apply. Only one application per faculty member.

Award

The Glebe Foundation anticipates that it will fund up to two grants of up to $90,000 for a one-year period.

  • Indirect costs are unallowable
  • Salary for the Principal Investigator is not allowed

Application Submission Requirements

Proposals must be submitted in accordance with NIH application standards and should include:

  • Face Page
  • Lay Summary - avoid using scientific terms or abbreviations; the Glebe Foundation will rely heavily on this component of the application to finalize its funding decision.
  • Research Plan (PHS 398 Continuation Format Page, 1/2018 revision)
    • Specific Aim(s) one page limit
    • Rationale, brief Experimental Design, and future funding plans two page limit
    • References
    • While preliminary data is not required, relevant data can be included within the two page limit
  • Appendices will not be accepted
  • Biosketch (NIH Biographical Sketch Format Page, 9/2017 revision)
    • Must be submitted for the Principal Investigator
    • More information on the current NIH biosketch format can be found here

Applications may be submitted to SPAdmin as a PDF emailed to spadmin@unmc.edu.

Review Process: Proposals will be submitted to an internal committee of UNMC reviewers for initial consideration. Finalists are expected to prepare and present a brief summary of their proposal to the Otis Glebe Medical Research Foundation who will make the final selection.  Funds will typically be available within one month of award notification.

Progress Report:   

A lay report of activity including any abstracts, manuscripts, patent applications, grant application or awards should be sent to SPAdmin by email no later than October 31, 2020 for later presentation to the Otis Glebe Medical Research Foundation.

Deadline

Monday, November 4, 2019……Applications due to SPAdmin no later than 5pm; a PDF may be emailed to spadmin@unmc.edu.

For more information:

  • Otis Glebe Medical Research Foundation Program Guidelines (click here)
  • If you have questions, please contact Holly Dunning, Coordinator, Sponsored Programs Administration, at 402-559-7458 or laura.wise@unmc.edu.
Request for Pre-proposals for Nebraska EPSCoR FIRST AWARDS  

Deadline:  Monday, September 30, 2019

Nebraska EPSCoR has created a competitive FIRST A ward grant program to help Nebraska early career faculty members compete successfully for a federal CAREER award. This program is funded by an NSF infrastructure grant to Nebraska EPSCoR. The FIRST Award grant is limited to $25,000 for one year with a 100% matching requirement. Nebraska EPSCoR anticipates awarding approximately six grants. Each grantee is required to submit a CAREER grant proposal to the National Science Foundation (NSF) during or immediately after the end of the award period.

NSF states: The CAREER program embodies NSF's commitment to encourage faculty and academic institutions to value and support the integration of research and education. Successful P Is will propose creative, integrative and effective research and education plans, developed within the context of the mission, goals and resources of their organizations, and which will build a firm foundation for a lifetime of contributions to research, education and their integration. 

All proposals must have an integrated research and education plan at their core. NSF recognizes that there is no single approach to an integrated research and education plan. Rather, these plans should reflect both the proposer's own disciplinary and educational interests and goals, as well as the needs of his or her organization. Because there may be different expectations within different disciplinary fields and/or different organizations, a wide range, of research and education activities may be appropriate for the CAREER program.

Who may apply: Assistant Professors in a tenure-leading position in any college/university in Nebraska who are: a) in the first four years of their academic career; and b) eligible to apply for an NSF CAREER grant during the award period.

Type of eligible project: Any project that could qualify for support by a National Science Foundation standard research grant is eligible for a FIRST Award.

Match requirement and duration: An award amount is limited to $25,000 and requires a dollar-for-dollar, non-federal match (cash or documented in-kind release from teaching). No Indirect Costs are allowed. FIRST Awards are granted for a period of one year, starting April 1, 2020, and ending March 31, 2021.

Selection process: Selection is a two-step process. 

In the first step. all pre-proposals will be reviewed by a grant subcommittee. The grant subcommittee will be composed of members of Nebraska's scientific community but not necessarily experts in the field of each proposal; therefore, use language that is understandable to those with general knowledge of the area. Based on the merit review of the pre-proposal, a group of finalists will be invited to prepare a CAREER proposal. It is anticipated that approximately ten finalists will be invited to prepare an NSF CAREER proposal to be submitted by early January 2020.

In the second step. the received CAREER proposals will be reviewed using NSF proposal review criteria by three external experts in the field. The Nebraska EPSCoR Committee will select FIRST Award recipients by considering the external merit reviews. Pre-proposal content: The pre-proposal must be prepared using font size 11 or greater with one inch margins. The pre-proposal should consist of the following:

  1. Budget: Attach a completed Nebraska EPSCoR Budget and Approval Form available from our web site at https://epscor.nebraska.edu/programs/forms (please check the web site to ensure you are using the most current version). This form will serve as your cover sheet. In the Federal Agency/Program space on the form, you must specify the NSF program to which your CAREER proposal is intended to be submitted. The pre-proposal budget should provide an expenditure plan for the one year budget (EPSCoR funds plus match) of the FIRST Award. Faculty salary cannot be part of the FIRST Award budget submitted from the state's research universities. However, it will be allowed for the state's small universities or colleges whose main focus is teaching and who have an annual institutional research expenditure of less than $8 million. Be sure that appropriate signatures and match account numbers appear on the form. No indirect costs or foreign travel costs are allowed.
  2. Body of the Pre-proposal:
    1. Main body. The main body, including references, may not exceed six pages. It should contain the following:
      1. a section describing the research,
      2. a section stating its significance and intellectual merit,
      3. a section describing the educational plan and how research and education will be integrated,
      4. a section addressing the planned FIRST Award activities prior to submittal of the CAREER proposal, and
      5. a budget justification section for the FIRST Award activities. Other sections may be included as necessary. Any citations should be included in the six-page limit;
    2. CV summary: a two-page CV that has been prepared according to NSF instructions and also lists the PI' s current grants;
    3. Letter of endorsement: A letter from the appropriate department chair or dean must be included. The letter should include the following:
      1. attest that the PI meets the necessary qualifications for the FIRST Award,
      2. describe how this grant would enhance the competitiveness of the Pl,
      3. demonstrate an understanding of, and a commitment to, the PI's plan for the effective integration of research and education, and
      4. describe the nature of the match provided.
Submission: Pre-proposals must be submitted electronically and in print
  1. The pre-proposal must be submitted electronically no later than 5 p.m., Monday, September 30, 2019. Proposals will be submitted through a link on the Nebraska EPSCoR web site (https://epscor.nebraska.edu/proposals) for the FIRST Award application. This link will take you to a web site for our proposal collection provider (RegPack). If you do not already have an account with them, you will need to create an account with a few pieces of information that will pre-populate your application once you have entered the site. There you will provide your campus contact information and upload your proposal and budget package. Please note: Your pre-proposal, CV, letter of endorsement, budget, and budget justification must be submitted as one PDF file. You can start your application, save it and log out and then log in again to finish it later. You can change any part of your submission up until the deadline.
  2. The pre-proposal must also be submitted in print and with the signatures of the PI, department chair (or other appropriate supervisor), and match authorizer. Please check with your campus Sponsored Programs Office for any requirements they have regarding their signature on your pre-proposal or other submission requirements. The printed submission must also be received no later than 5 p.m., Monday, September 30, 2019, in the Nebraska EPSCoR office at W192 Nebraska Hall, Lincoln, NE 68588-0557. If you must mail your printed proposal, it must be postmarked by the deadline date for it to be considered submitted on time.
Faculty selected to develop a CAREER proposal will be notified by mid-November 2019. Full CAREER proposals will be due in the Nebraska EPSCoR office by early January 2020. More detailed instructions will be provided to those selected faculty chosen as finalists.
Great Plains IDeA-CTR Pilot Program  

The Great Plains IDeA-CTR Network is pleased to announce an opportunity for pilot funding through an NIH/NIGMS grant. Successful applicants will receive up to $50,000 in direct costs for a one year project, as well as access to resources of the Great Plains IDeA-CTR to support their research efforts.

We are requesting a Letter of Intent (maximum of two pages) using the template provided on page 8 of the RFA. The LOI application process is outlined on page 3. Those invited to submit full proposals will be notified by September 27th, 2019. Solicited applications will be due November 15th, 2019. The requirements for invitees are also detailed in the RFA.

Please email your LOI and NIH biosketch as a single PDF document to the Great Plains IDeA-CTR Office at gpctr@unmc.edu. To learn more about the GP IDeA-CTR please visit our website. If you have any questions contact Heather Braddock or call 402.559.9870.

NPOD Seed Grant 2019 RFA  

Deadline: October 1, 2019
Amount: up to $20,000 one time funding no renewal or extensions allowed

The Nebraska Center for the Prevention of Obesity Diseases (NPOD) invites applications for its seed grant competition.  The primary objective of this seed grant program is to stimulate research in the area of obesity research and/or signaling by nutrients or bioactive food compounds, and to enhance competitiveness in obtaining external support.

Link to RFA

ELIGIBILITY

Applications from NPOD members and non-members will receive equal consideration. Previous and current NPOD project leaders are not eligible for seed grant support, but applications from previous seed and pilot grant recipients will be considered. Collaborations across UNL and UNMC are encouraged. Only one proposal per principal investigator (PI) is permitted per competition. However, there is no limit on the number of proposals an applicant may participate in as a co-investigator. NPOD is particularly interested in projects that make use of NPOD’s research core facility, BORC (see https://cehs.unl.edu/borc/). It is expected that the majority of seed grant awards will be for wet lab research, but applications with a focus on bioinformatics or translational activities are also encouraged. All required approvals (e.g., IRB, IACUC, IBC) must be obtained before funds are released. Preference will be given to tenured applicants and applicants in tenure-leading appointments.

HOW TO APPLY

The application form for seed grant awards is available on the NPOD website at http://npod.unl.edu under the Funding Opportunities tab. Application forms can also be obtained from Sarah Gibson, Administrative Coordinator, NPOD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 316D Leverton Hall, Lincoln, NE 68583-0806, e-mail:  sgibson@unl.edu

NOPD Pilot Grant 2019 RFA  

Deadline: October 1, 2019
Amount: up to $50,000, direct costs per year for a maximum of two years

The Nebraska Center for the Prevention of Obesity Diseases (NPOD) invites applications for its pilot grant competition.  The primary objective of this pilot grant program is to stimulate research in the area of obesity research and/or signaling by nutrients or bioactive food compounds, and to enhance competitiveness in obtaining external support.

Link to RFA

ELIGIBILITY

Applications from NPOD members and non-members will receive equal consideration. Previous and current NPOD project leaders are not eligible for pilot grant support, but applications from previous seed and pilot grant recipients will be considered. Collaborations across UNL and UNMC are encouraged. Only one proposal per principal investigator (PI) is permitted per competition. However, there is no limit on the number of proposals an applicant may participate in as a co-investigator. NPOD is particularly interested in projects that make use of NPOD’s research core facility, BORC (see https://cehs.unl.edu/borc/). It is expected that the majority of pilot grant awards will be for wet lab research, but applications with a focus on bioinformatics or translational activities are also encouraged. All required approvals (e.g., IRB, IACUC, IBC) must be obtained before funds are released. Preference will be given to tenured applicants and applicants in tenure-leading appointments.

HOW TO APPLY

The application form for pilot grant awards is available on the NPOD website at http://npod.unl.edu under the Funding Opportunities tab. Application forms can also be obtained from Sarah Gibson, Administrative Coordinator, NPOD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 316D Leverton Hall, Lincoln, NE 68583-0806, e-mail:  sgibson@unl.edu

CHAIN 2020 RFA  

Deadline:  October 15, 2019
Amount:  $50,000

The Developmental Core 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. Post-doctoral scholar applications are encouraged; however, the
submission must be as co-investigator with his/her mentor. Applicants must have faculty-level
appointments within the University of Nebraska Medical Center and/or current subcontracting institutions
(University of Nebraska-Lincoln or Scripps Research) included in the CHAIN award. 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.

For complete instructions, guidelines, and links to forms visit
Chronic HIV and Aging In NeuroAIDS 2020 Request for Applications

Contacts

Shilpa Buch, PhD
email, 402-559-3165

Howard Fox, MD, PhD
email, 402-559-4821

Susan Swindells, MBBS
email, 402-559-8650

Great Plains IDeA-CTR Core Facility Voucher Program  

The Great Plains IDeA-CTR is soliciting applications from clinical and translational researchers for vouchers to be used to access core facilities and/or fee-for-service resources to augment their current research, or to prepare pilot data for research applications. Applications for vouchers will require an abstract of the proposed project, information on the relevance of the request to the project, and a detailed budget. Awards are anticipated to range between $4,000 and $10,000 per application. A total of approximately $20,000 will be granted to investigators for this fiscal year which ends on June 30, 2019.

Deadlines

Due February 4, 2019; Review: February 5, 2019

Due March 4, 2019; Review: March 5, 2019

Due April 1, 2019; Review: April 2, 2019

Due May 6, 2018; Review: May 7, 2019

Eligibility

Full-time faculty members from UNMC, UNL, UNK, UNO, Boys Town National Research Hospital, University of South Dakota, University of North Dakota or North Dakota State University may apply. The funds cannot be used to replace costs included in existing grants, and proposals must indicate how the results will be used to support new grant applications. The application form is attached. All applications must also be signed by the core director/service provider to indicate that the protocol has been reviewed and/or usage is feasible. Applicants are also required to submit a current NIH biosketch, a description of the relevance of the project to clinical and translational research and a description of the project that includes methods, measures and outcomes (maximum 2 pages). As part of the outcome, information on sustainability of the research (e.g. support of grant submissions, please indicate type and agency) is expected.

All funds must be expended by June 30, 2019.

Post Award Reporting: The PI will be required to submit a brief impact report by June 30, 2019, to include information on core facility use and grants/publications submitted, and general impact of the project on the PI’s research. These grants/publications must acknowledge support from the Great Plains IDeA-CTR (unless the award letter indicates funding from an alternate source or the grant application/publication does not allow such acknowledgements). Campus research offices will be responsible for providing any requested financial data; core facilities will report use-data in conjunction with their normal reporting cycle.

To apply, please click the request form.

For additional information contact:

Pamela Laws 
402-559-4749 
email

NCNS Core Voucher Program RFA  

The Center for Neurosensory Systems, a Center for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) is soliciting applications for vouchers to be used to access core facilities and stimulate new research directions.  Applications can request up to $10,000 to fund projects in one of the core facilities supported by the COBRE. Faculty members from UNMC, Creighton University, or Boys Town National Research Hospital may apply.

Eligible Core Facilities:

Genomics, including DNA and RNA Sequencing (UNMC)

Mouse Genome Engineering (UNMC)

Tissue Science Facility (UNMC)

Integrated Biomedical Imaging Facility (Creighton University)

Auditory Physiology (Creighton and Boys Town) Contact Dr. David He, davidhe@creighton.edu for ABR and DPOAE measurements on mice. Testing for Creighton researchers will be at Creighton, and testing for BTNRH and UNMC researchers will be at BTNRH.

The funds cannot be used to replace costs included in existing grants, and proposals must indicate how the results will be used to support new grant applications.  Download the application form here.  All applications must also be signed by the core director to indicate that the protocol has been reviewed.

Applications will be reviewed monthly in the order in which they are received.  Funds must be billed by December 31st, 2019.

For additional information please contact:

Shelley D. Smith, Ph.D. 
402-559-5314 
shelley.smith@unmc.edu

Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Bridge Funding Program  

The Buffett Cancer Center is pleased to announce a new FPBCC bridge funding program intended to support the research of Cancer Center members who have received encouraging scores that fell below the funding threshold on recent cancer-focused grant applications. The purpose of this program is to support the efforts necessary to produce additional data for promising cancer research projects, in order to strengthen related proposal resubmissions to federal funding agencies. 

The Buffett Cancer Center is primarily seeking to support proposals submitted after February 2017 that fit within the following criteria:

  • New (A0) applications that received priority scores outside of the granting agency's current pay line; or
  • Grants that have been submitted for competitive renewal and received a competitive but non-fundable score within two years from the expiration of the current award.

Eligibility for bridge funding extends to all Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center Members who are applying for or renewing individual investigator awards, multi-investigator awards, center grants, and program project grants from federal funding agencies and/or nationally peer-reviewed organizations. Funding priority will be given to those who submitted applications to the NCI, followed by those with cancer-focused proposals submitted to other NIH institutes or other federal agencies. 

To be considered for this opportunity, please review the request for applications available at: https://unmc.edu/cancercenter/research/research-funding-opp.html. Applications must be prepared in accordance with the guidelines outlined in the RFA and submitted as a single, complete PDF to both Matt Winfrey (winfreym@unmc.edu) and Kelly Jordan (kjordan@unmc.edu). Proposals requesting bridge funding will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Cancer Center leadership will review all submissions to identify promising candidates for bridge funding. It is the expectation of the Buffett Cancer Center that those competitive proposals selected for support will be able to move into the fundable scoring range during the following funding cycle.
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. Tess Kuenstling (402-559-6162) in the Office of Research for questions regarding working with the Department of Defense.

Catalog of DoD Funding Opportunities