Funding Opportunities

Rapid Response Opportunities

Rapid response opportunities have an internal deadline under 60 days.

CTR Superstar Competition  

Application Deadline: September 22nd, 2017 (5 pm)

The Great Plains IDeA-CTR network is excited to announce a funding opportunity. The grant will be awarded at the GP IDeA-CTR Annual Scientific Meeting on October 23rd, 2017.

The goal is to raise awareness of CTR by promising scholars who are developing innovative tools and methods for medical research. The winning investigator/team will receive a pilot grant award to catalyze cutting-edge research that may translate to a sustainable product or a larger federal grant.

Application involves a brief research pitch (5 pages maximum) to include: project title, principle investigator(s), participating institution(s), study aims, hypotheses, methods (brief overview of design, study sample, measures, budget and statistical analysis plan), one year deliverables, and a statement addressing how the project advances CTR. In addition, applicants should provide a biosketch for PI and all key personnel.

The winner will receive up to $20,000 for one year, and access to resources of the GP IDeA-CTR to support these research efforts.


Current full time faculty appointment at a participating institution
Eligible to apply for NIH funds (i.e. US citizen or a permanent resident)
Project relevant to clinical and translational research
Must be able to attend and present pitch at CTR Superstar Dinner on October 23rd, 2017 if chosen as a finalist
For more information, visit the Great Plains IDeA-CTR webpage to view the full RFA.

Please direct questions to Pamela Laws, Chief Scientific Administrator,

Edna Ittner Pediatric Research Support Fund Program  

2017 Call for Proposals is OPEN

Deadline: Friday, September 29, 2017

Program Summary

The Edna Ittner Pediatric Research Support Fund, which awards grants for the study of diseases and birth defects of children, is now open for applications.


All UNMC faculty members are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to requests from faculty members in the UNMC Department of Pediatrics if the number of scientifically meritorious requests exceeds available funds.


Up to $30,000 for a one-year period (November 1, 2017 to October 31, 2018)

  • Indirect costs are unallowable
  • Faculty salary is not allowed

Historically, the Ittner Trust has funded up to three grants annually.

Application Submission Requirements

The proposal must be submitted in accordance with NIH application standards.  Applications should include:

Applications may be submitted to SPAdmin in one of two formats: 1) PDF emailed to or 2) one original (unstapled) hard copy. 


Friday, September 29, 2017………………Applications due to SPAdmin no later than 5pm

Wednesday, November 1, 2017………………     Awards announced by Review Committee

For more information:

Edna Ittner Program Guidelines

  • Scientific questions: please contact Dr. Chris Kratochvil at 402-559-8490 or
  • Administrative questions: please contact Holly Dunning at 402-559-2051 or
CENTRIC Funding Announcement  

LOI Deadline:  September 26, 2017

CENTRIC seeks to support innovative, significant pilot projects related to strengthening patient, family, and community engagement in management of chronic conditions. Research in any area will be considered with priority given to projects that will lead to future funding for a fully powered study (e.g., R mechanism or foundation grant).

We are requesting a Letter of Intent (maximum of two pages), to include: Project title, principal investigator, co-investigator(s), and mentor(s), participating institution(s), study aim(s), hypotheses, methods (brief overview of design, sample, measures, statistical analysis plan), and a statement addressing how the project advances self-management in chronic care. Also, submit your NIH biosketch.

Those invited to submit full applications will be notified no later than October 17, 2017

Application deadline: November 20, 2017

The RFA and requirements for invitees can be found on our website at Please email your LOI and NIH biosketch as a single PDF document to CENTRIC at

Interested applicants are encouraged to communicate with one of the CENTRIC Scientific Advancement Committee co-leaders, Drs. Ann Berger (College of Nursing) or Mo Siahpush (College of Public Health) to discuss the project idea.


$50,000 for a one year period

Criteria for Review of Applications:

  1. The PI must be a UNMC full-time Assistant, Associate or full Professor rank faculty member. The interdisciplinary team should include members from at least two departments/colleges, one being a full-time CON faculty member as PI or Co-PI, in addition to the statistician
  2. Focus on research in any area of Patient, Family, and Community Engagement in Chronic Care Management; must be highly significant topic, use of technology, and interventions desired.
  3. Significance, innovation, and approach of the research proposed.
  4. Potential for fully powered study (e.g. R mechanism or foundation grant).
  5. Preference may be given to interdisciplinary team approaches, particularly those integrating clinical and biological measures.

 Priorities for this Funding Announcement:

  1. Develop biobehavioral interventions for use in varied clinical and community settings that test the efficacy or effectiveness of self-management interventions for 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.
  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 illness.
  3. 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 communities.
Otis Glebe Medical Research Foundation  

Application Deadline: October 9, 2017

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.


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


The Glebe Foundation anticipates that it will fund one grant of up to $88,000 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, 3/2016 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, 11/2016 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

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, 2018 for later presentation to the Otis Glebe Medical Research Foundation.


Monday, October 9, 2017……Applications due to SPAdmin no later than 5pm; a PDF may be emailed to

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
IDeA-CTR Pilot Grant RFA  

LOI Deadline:  October 17, 2017

The Great Plains IDeA-CTR Network is pleased to announce an upcoming call for pilot funding through an NIH/NIGMS grant.

We are requesting a Letter of Intent (maximum of two pages) using the template provided at the end of this document.

Up to 25 applicants will be invited to submit a full application. Those invited to submit full applications will be notified by November 17, 2017. Solicited applications will be due December 22, 2017. The RFA and requirements for invitees are detailed below. Please email your LOI and NIH biosketch as a single PDF document to the Great Plains IDeA-CTR Office at

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. Successful applicants will receive up to $50,000 annually, for up to two years, as well as access to resources of the GP IDeA-CTR to support their research efforts. 

Applicable Research: Proposed projects must be clinical-translational research. While there are many definitions of CTR, the GP IDeA-CTR uses the following definitions:

Clinical Research is conducted with human subjects (or on material of human origin such as tissues, specimens, and cognitive phenomena) for which an investigator (or colleague) directly interacts with human subjects. Excluded from this definition are in vitro studies that utilize human tissues that cannot be linked to a living individual. Clinical research that will be supported by this granting mechanism includes clinical trials, the development of new technologies, epidemiological and behavioral studies, and outcomes and health services research.

Translational research is about moving applications for treatmentsdiagnostics and prevention from pre-clinical work to population level impact. Applicants are required to identify the level of translational research proposed using the T1 to T4 descriptions below.

T1   Translation to humans: Seeks to move fundamental discovery into health application.

T2   Translation to patients: Develops health applications with implications for evidence-based practice.

T3   Translation to practice: Investigates the movement of evidence-based guidelines to health practices.

T4   Translation to communities: Investigates the impact of evidence-practice and policies to population health impact/investigators providing communities with the optimal intervention.

For additional questions regarding whether your research satisfies this definition, please contact your local institutional program coordinator (see ‘Eligible Institutions and Contacts’ on page 2). Alternatively, if you have questions about whether your research applies, you may also contact Dr. Howard Fox at or Dr. Paul Estabrooks at Basic science projects (e.g. those using only animal models or cell lines in the absence of patient level data) will not be considered. 

Research Priorities: Priorities include a combination of scientific and regional priorities developed by the GP IDeA-CTR Scientific Team and Community Advisory Board. Priority areas are: 

  • Behavioral health including, mental health, substance abuse (e.g., opioids and alcohol), and violence as a public health issue
  • Obesity treatment and prevention
  • Aging and Age-related cognitive impairment
  • Injury prevention
  • Technologies and models to improve health access including the evaluation of new or existing tools (e.g., telehealth) with a focus on rural populations.
  • Connecting clinical care and community services (e.g., schools, food banks, YMCAs, etc.)
  • Addressing health disparities based on social determinants, race, ethnicity, and geography

Highest priority will be given to the strongest science and those projects most likely to lead to successful extramural funding. In addition, projects that make an impact on medically disadvantaged, underrepresented minority, and/or geographically or clinically isolated populations—and can introduce or evaluate new tools or technologies useful in these populations—are of high interest.

Download the complete RFA here.

Nebraska Neuroscience Alliance RFA  

Application Deadline: Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Program Summary

The focus of the 2017 request for applications is Lewy Body Disease and its complications. The disease complex is also known as dementia with Lewy bodies and remains the second most common type of progressive dementia after Alzheimer's disease. This request is for basic and translational research that will develop a new program of study focused on the cause, the pathogenesis, and possible treatments of disease. Examples for study include the mechanisms underlying the formation of the protein deposits, how they develop in nerve cells in specific brain subregions, relevant animal models for study, and/or biomarker investigations that will aide in unraveling disease formation.

This grant is a single award up to $100,000 ($50,000 year/two years) supporting an interdisciplinary research team for studies and is open to all University of Nebraska campuses. Model systems for study and partnerships between basic and applied clinical studies are encouraged.

Complete instructions, guidelines, and links to forms visit:

Nebraska Neuroscience Alliance 2017 Request for Applications 

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

Nebraska Bankers Small Equipment Grant  
  • Internal Deadline:CLOSED
  • Amount:  $5,000 - $15,000 for equipment
  • 2017 Request for Proposals released January 3, 2017

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 midnight, January 16, 2017, addressed to Deborah Hawkins.

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