Funding Opportunities

Rapid Response Opportunities

Rapid response opportunities have an internal deadline under 60 days.

Faculty Diversity Funding Grant  

Submission deadline: April 15, 2020

As we continue to extend and build a diverse and inclusive UNMC Learning Community, Faculty Diversity Grant monies are available for competitive funding. 


Eligibility:  Monies are available for new faculty and to assist retention of current faculty.  These applicants should contribute diverse cultural experiences to UNMC and have a background or special talents that will lead to a diverse campus environment that can be evaluated on an individual basis.  Each applicant must demonstrate a record of accomplishment of commitment to the service of underserved communities and/or patients, and/or contribute diverse cultural experiences to the campus. Please review the attached UNMC Faculty Diversity Funding Guidelines, July 2020 for further information.


Funding:  Diversity funding is for faculty development and/or research.  Monies can be used to support new research projects, supplement research funding, provide “bridge” funding during preparation for a revised national grant submission, or support clinical projects such as community outreach initiatives.  Monies may also be used for professional development including release time or to match competitive state or national debt reduction awards.  Diversity Fund monies cannot be used for faculty salary.  It is expected that college, departmental or institute funds released as a result of receipt of a diversity award will be re-invested in the faculty member’s research, scholarly activity, or professional development.


One year awards of up to $50,000 with the possibility of competitive renewal for a second year will be made available twice yearly through competitive review.  Application due dates are April 15 and October 15 with funding beginning July 1 and January 1, respectively.  The Faculty Diversity Fund Committee will review grant requests.

Application:  Access to the application form is available online and may also be obtained from the Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

Additional information is available in the RFP and guidance document.

The respective Dean or Institute Director of the requesting faculty member must additionally sign each application.


Please submit applications for the current cycle by April 15, 2020 to:

Gary C. Yee, PharmD
Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
ZIP 7810
(402) 559-5108

Vada Kinman Oldfield Scholar - Alzheimer’s Research Fund  

Submission deadline: March 27, 2020

The Vada Kinman Oldfield Alzheimer’s Research Fund selection committee is seeking applications for the 2020 Vada Kinman Oldfield Scholar. The selected faculty scholar will have access to $20,000 in research support to conduct research broadly related to Alzheimer’s Disease, including the basic, clinical, psychological, or population level.


Please see the attached RFA for details on the application process. The deadline is March 27, 2020. For questions, please contact Dr. Alfred Fisher MD PhD, Chief, Division of Geriatrics, Gerontology, and Palliative Medicine at
Nebraska Center for Nanomedicine Pilot Project Grants  

Submission Deadline: March 1, 2020

The Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) Nebraska Center for Nanomedicine (NCN) invites investigators at the University of Nebraska to submit an application for pilot research projects consistent with the research objective of this Center. The principal intent of the announced Pilot Project Program is to provide support to the most promising and novel nanomedicine-related research projects and help investigators obtain preliminary data necessary for successful grant applications to external agencies.

The applications are solicited from individual investigators or teams of investigators in three major categories:

Forward-Path Pilots (up to $10,000)
Discovery Path Pilots (up to $50,000)
Catalyst Path Pilots (up to $75,000)

Funds Available and Allowed Expenses

  • A total of up to $225,000 funding will be available for this RFA. 
  • The funding will be available for the period from July 01, 2020 to May 31, 2021 with an option of renewal for an additional year of funding in the next cycle in applicable categories of pilot grants contingent on satisfactory progress and subject to full review. Carry forward is not allowed. The Center Administrator will set up spending accounts.
  • The applicants may request a budget for direct costs that may include funds for supplies, core facilities fees and other appropriate costs directly related to the project. Faculty salary support is not allowed. Travel costs are not supported except those essential to perform the proposed research.

Eligibility and Format requirements can be found in the RFA.

Please direct all questions to Tatiana Bronich, email or 402-559-9351, or David Oupicky, email or 402-559-9363. All applications must be submitted as pdf files via email to Tammy Slachetka (email) no later than 4:00 PM, March 1, 2020.

LB606 Stem Cell Grant  

Internal Deadline:  March 2, 2020; 5:00 PM

Program Summary & Background

In 2008, the Nebraska State Legislature adopted the Stem Cell Research Act (LB 606), which established a Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee to facilitate the awarding of grants to Nebraska institutions or researchers for conducting stem cell research that does not use human embryonic stem cells. 

UNMC is allowed to submit five applications to NE DHHS so Principal Investigators (PI’s) who are interested in submitting applications must first participate in UNMC’s internal screening process by submitting a one-page project description and biosketch.  A total of approximately $436,500 is available for the 2020 competition.

UNMC Internal Review Process

Applicants must submit the following through NuRamp using the Collaboration Initiative routing by 5:00 PM, March 2nd:

  • One page project description in PDF format
  • Biosketch in PDF format

An internal review committee will evaluate the project descriptions based on the selection criteria in the RFA and invite five investigators to submit full applications to NE DHHS.  Based on previous reviews of the full applications, it is recommended that special emphasis be placed on the translational merits of the proposed projects.  Thus, the internal review committee will be asked to evaluate the therapeutic potential associated with each proposed project, in addition to the “Selection Criteria” indicated in the RFA.


Up to $110,000 for a 12 month period (July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021)

  • Indirect cost requests are not allowed
  • Salary support for the PI, doctoral level co-investigators, and administrative or clerical assistance is unallowable


  • A proposal may not be an extension of a project previously funded by LB606; it should be substantially different enough to be clearly a new project
  • Renewals of existing projects are not allowed
  • There is no prohibition for a current grantee to apply for the new RFA although no PI may hold more than a single grant at a given time.

2020 Timeline

Monday, March 2nd……..One-page Project Description & Biosketch (PDF only) submitted by 5:00 PM through NuRamp (use “collaboration initiative” routing)

Friday, March 6………Five (5) UNMC Applicants announced by Review Committee

Monday, March 23……..Full applications due to SPAdmin by 5:00 PM to allow for processing                             

Thursday, March 26………….Signed applications submitted to NE DHHS by SPAdmin via PDF

Late June……………..........Selection of awards by NE DHHS 

July 1………………..……….Grant period begins  

For more information:


Health Disparities VCR Pilot Grant 2020 RFA  

Deadline: March 9, 2020
Award: $50,000 direct costs only, other exclusions apply

Reducing health disparities is one of UNMC’s primary goals. Health disparities are complex and require larger teams with a variety of skills to identify novel strategies to address them. This RFA supports new or expands existing teams for the development or study of innovative strategies for reducing health disparities.

Download the RFA for application instructions and required forms:

Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on March 9, 2020. NuRamp will not accept applications after the deadline.

Applications must be submitted electronically through the NuRamp Internal Competitions module. Upload the application as one single pdf under the NuRamp File Upload field. Use the “Collaboration Initiative” routing for all investigators and don’t forget to sign your application after submitting to routing.

For additional information contact: Tess Kuenstling, Director of Research Resources 402-559-6162 or email. For NuRamp assistance contact: Linda Wilkie, 402-559-7649 (email) or James Geiger, 402-559-4565 (email).

CENTRIC Pilot Funding  

The Center for Patient, Family, and Community Engagement in Chronic Care Management is pleased to announce an opportunity for pilot funding. Successful applicants will receive up to $50,000 for one year.  CENTRIC pilot grant applications will have scheduled dates for LOIs and applications. Applications will be accepted as funding is available. Below is a chart of deadlines for pilot grant timelines through the end of the fiscal year.

Timeline Deadlines Deadlines
LOI due January 15 April 15
Notification to submit full applications January 24 April 24
Mock reviews completed by February 12 May 14
Full Applications due March 4 June 4


Competitive Applications will address at least one of these priorities for this Funding Announcement:

  1.  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
  2. 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
  3. Develop self-management studies using technology to monitor outcomes for self-management of chronic conditions in individuals, families and communities.

Preference will be given to proposals that provide preliminary data to a program of research that is ready to be submitted for major funding after the completion of the project.  

For more information contact:  Laura Robbins, Project Coordinator (email) or Ann Berger (email)  The complete RFA can be found at:

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, 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. 

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: Applications must be prepared in accordance with the guidelines outlined in the RFA and submitted as a single, complete PDF to both Matt Winfrey ( and Kelly Jordan ( 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