Funding Opportunities

Rapid Response Opportunities

Rapid response opportunities have an internal deadline under 60 days.

Nebraska Bankers Small Equipment Grant  

Internal Deadline:  Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Amount:  $5,000 - $15,000 for equipment
Request for Proposals released January 3, 2017

Application Guideline

The Banker's grant program is intended to support equipment for research or research education activities that will impact a large number of individuals. Proposals that have the potential to leverage existing resources for the greatest impact will be given priority. Past Award Recipients

Applications are due to the Vice Chancellor for Research Office by NOON, January 17, 2018, addressed to Deborah Hawkins

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If you experience difficulty opening the application form try right-clicking on the link and choose download to open in Adobe Reader or Acrobat. Still having difficulty? Contact Linda Wilkie, 402-559-7649 or email

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 grants-awards.nebraska.edu. 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)

Cancer Research, Biomedical Informatics, and Community Engagement  

Application Deadline:  January 31, 2018

The great Plains IDeA-CTR Network is issuing a request for application in 3 specialty areas:  Cancer Research, Biomedical Informatics, and Community Engagement.  Please see the area specific RFA's on the GP IDeA-CTR website for specific information on each of these funding opportunities.

1) Cancer Research:  Up to $100,000 to be spent in 24 months, but must have a strong explanation as to why this project would benefit from two years instead of one year.  The goal of the pilot program is to provide support to the most promising and novel clinical-translational research (CTR) projects and help investigators obtain preliminary data necessary for successful investigator initiated extramural grants. Download the RFA.

2) Biomedical Informatics: A total of $35,000 will be awarded.  Individual awards will range from $2,500 - $20,000. Proposals can fall into one of two categories: Big Data and Data Demonstration.  The purpose of this funding program is to support preliminary studies demonstrating the use of large datasets in Clinical and Translational Research. Download the RFA.

3)  Community Engagement:  The goal of this funding program is to achieve community impact and advance science through partnerships between community organizations and Clinical and Translational Research investigators.  Proposals that are responsive to this call will include community partners as active collaborators across the span of idea generation, proposal development, study implementation, analysis and interpretation of the results, and development of future directions for both research and community impact.  Download the RFA.

for questions please contact the Great Plains IDeA-CTR Office at 402-552-2260 or email

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.

 Award

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.

Timetable:

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