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
RFA: New Pilot Project Applications  

Nebraska Center for Integrated Studies of Biomolecular Communication (NCIBC) seeks to fund several new Pilot Projects in the center’s focus areas as broadly defined below. Pilot Projects are one year award with a limited possibility of renewal.

Deadline:  August 15, 2017

  • Individuals must qualify as an “Early Stage New Investigator” 1 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 in the RFA 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.
  • NCIBC Pilot Project Leaders must become participating members of the center.

Download the RFA here

Questions may be addressed to James Takacs, Charles J Mach University Professor of Chemistry: or Concetta C. DiRusso, George Holmes University Professor of Biochemistry:

Internal CoBRE Competition  

NIGMS has issued an RFA announcing new rounds of COBRE competition in 2018, 2019.  UNMC has a long-standing history of competing successfully for these $10M awards and is now eligible to submit an application for a new COBRE program.

Only one proposal may be submitted per eligible institution per fiscal year. The eligible institution is responsible for selecting and approving that project before it can be submitted.

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research evaluates potential UNMC proposals for COBRE grants; therefore, we are soliciting outlines of prospective projects that could be developed into full-scale COBRE proposals for the January 24, 2018 deadline.  The outline should follow the template format.  Download the CoBRE criteria for reference.


From these summaries, UNMC Deans and Directors (or their designate) will identify the project to be developed into a full COBRE proposal for submission by January 24, 2018.  The PI/PD of the project will be notified by July 1, 2017.   Questions can be directed to Paula Turpen - , 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

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, with the possibility of competitive renewal for a second year. 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 Biomedical Imaging 

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.

Application Format:

Applications should reflect the format of R21 applications (PHS 398) and contain the following:

Biosketch of the applicant 
Detailed budget for the first year 
Title and Abstract 
Specific Aims (1 page) 
Research Strategy (up to 6 pages) including Significance, Innovation, Approach, and Preliminary Data.  Since these are pilot projects which may have little preliminary data, that section may be used to demonstrate relevant experience in related research.


Applications should be e-mailed in pdf format to Shelley Smith by January 13, 2017.  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 April 20, 2017, with final approval by NIGMS after review of relevant IACUC or IRB approvals.  The anticipated award date is in September 1, 2017.

For additional information please contact:

Shelley D. Smith, Ph.D. 

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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Application Guideline

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

Vouchers for Core Facilities  

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.  Faculty members from UNMC, Creighton University, or Boys Town National Research Hospital 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.

Application Deadline: CLOSED see schedule below, applications will be reviewed monthly 

  • April 5, 2017
  • May 3, 2017
  • June 7, 2017

Funds must be expended by August 30th, 2017.  We anticipate funding 6-7 vouchers.

Award Amount: Up to $5,000

Application Form & Guidelines

Contact Shelley Smith, PhD, FACMG, for more information.

Nebraska Center for Cellular Signaling Pilot Project Grants  

Call for Applications for Collaborative Pilot Project Grants
Nebraska Center for Cellular Signaling
Year 5 of Phase III

This notice represents our official request for the next round of collaborative applications.  This funding is available to support collaborative projects amongst current and past NCCS CoBRE investigators and their collaborators.

One of our major goals is to support projects where it is judged likely that the investigators will submit meritorious, multi-investigator proposals to external agencies within 6 months after the completion of the NCCS pilot project.  Another goal is to promote appropriate application and use of NCCS core technology, especially the UNMC Advanced Microscopy Facility. More mature collaborations that utilize this core facility will have an advantage over less developed partnerships.

Awards will be made for 1 year with funded amounts up to $100,000 per project.


Please direct all questions to Keith Johnson at or 559-3890 or Rick MacDonald at or 559-7824.  Applications must be submitted electronically to Michele Griebel at no later than May 5, 2017.

Proposals will be evaluated for scientific merit by our External Advisory Board.  As in the past for internal review mechanisms such as this, we will not be providing detailed critiques of proposals that are not recommended for funding.

Download the RFA for guidelines, eligibility, and application instructions.

Nebraska Center for Substance Abuse Research Pilot Grant  

We are pleased to announce the first request for applications. The objective of the Nebraska Center for Substance Abuse Research (NCSAR) pilot grant is designed to support innovative pre-clinical translational and clinical research projects to improve investigation, diagnosis and treatment of substance abuse related disorders.

This first request for applications focuses on substance abuse and its consequences on the biological functioning within the CNS, with the ultimate goal of developing therapeutic strategies aimed at preventing and treating drug addiction and the associates co-morbidities.

Deadline for applications has CLOSED


To be eligible for a NCSAR pilot grant, you must

  • possess a doctoral-level degree
  • have an academic appointment at or above the instructor (faculty appointment) level at one of our member institutions 
  • be eligible to apply for an independent NIH R application  

Established investigators in another field applying their expertise to drug abuse and addiction and meet the above criteria are welcome to apply.

Applications must adhere to several criteria and will undergo a rigorous, objective review process.


Pilot grants are available up to $30,000 for one year.

Three grants will be awarded

  • one for pain research at UNMC
  • two for other substance abuse work; interdisciplinary and interinstitutional collaborations will be prioritized.

Pilot grants awarded are funded for up to one calendar year from the award date. If you have questions, please contact us.

For more information and the entire funding announcement, see the NCSAR funding webpage.