Funding Opportunities

Rapid Response Opportunities

Rapid response opportunities have an internal deadline under 60 days.

IDeA-CTR Pilot Grant Program  

LOI Deadline:  September 7, 2018
LOI Submission Details

The IDeA-CTR Pilot Grant Program is administered through an NIH/NIGMS grant entitled “Great Plains IDeA-CTR.” The goal of the program is to provide a mechanism to test the most promising and novel clinical and translational (CTR) projects, and help investigators obtain preliminary data necessary for successful investigator-initiated extramural grants. Successful applicants will receive up to $50,000 for one year, as well as access to resources of the Great Plains IDeA-CTR to support these research efforts.
The Priorities for Pilot Grant projects are a combination of scientific and regional priorities developed by the GP IDeA-CTR Scientific Team and Community Advisory Board. Our intention is to support work that moves science forward and can be applied to address regional health issues.

Priority areas include:

  • 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, YMCA’s)
  • Addressing health disparities based on social determinants, race, ethnicity, and geography

Note that across these areas, 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.

In addition, to increase the likelihood of a strong scientific proposal applicants are encouraged to engage in new or existing interdisciplinary collaborations, inter-institution proposals, and develop links to other existing IDeA programs (INBRE and COBRE) in the participating Great Plains region.


Please direct questions to Dr. Sarah Holstein or the Great Plains IDeA-CTR Education Coordinator, Heather Braddock.

2018 Edna Ittner Research Program  

Deadline:  5:00 PM on Friday, September 14, 2018

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 $45,000 for a one-year period (November 1, 2018 to October 31, 2019)

  • Indirect costs are not allowed
  • Faculty salary is not allowed
  • One award will be made

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 14, 2018 ……… Applications due to SPAdmin no later than 5pm                            

Thursday, November 1, 2018……...Award announced by Review Committee

For more information:

NIGMS CoBRE Internal Competition  

UNMC is eligible to compete for research support through the NIH NIGMS Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program. One of the principal mechanisms of IDeA support of research is the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) grant.

NIGMS has issued an RFA announcing new rounds of COBRE competition in 2019.  UNMC has a long-standing history of competing successfully for these $10M awards. UNMC 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, 2019 deadline.

Interested investigators may submit a two-page outline of their project that summarizes how they propose to address each of the CoBRE components.  The outline should follow this template format.  CoBRE Criteria  can be found here.  

These 2-page summaries are due to Deborah Hawkins (email) on September 15, 2018.

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, 2019.  The PI/PD of the project will be notified by October 1, 2018.   Questions can be directed to Paula Turpen, email or 402-559-6162

CTR Superstar Competition  

Deadline: September 24, 2018

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 10, 2018.  Funding will be awarded to an innovative research project based on criteria delineated below. 

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. 

We are requesting a brief research pitch (2 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, a statement addressing how the project advances CTR and a lay summary. In addition, we ask that applicants provide a biosketch for PI and all key personnel.  Download the complete RFA here.

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.  More information can be found on the GP IDeA-CTR website.

CHAIN Center Development Grant  

Deadline:  September 28, 2018

Applications are being accepted for the Chronic HIV and Aging in NeuroAIDS (CHAIN) developmental core grant program.

The 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 being accepted from junior investigators and from established investigators in other fields applying their expertise to HIV/AIDS. All applicants must have faculty-level appointments within the University of Nebraska system. 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 grant program, and continued National Institute of Mental Health funding, depends on subsequent grants and publications arising from work supported by the CHAIN Center developmental grants.

Developmental grants can be awarded for up to $50,000 for one year.

See complete instructions, guidelines, and links to forms.

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, 2017-2018) 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 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 quarterly during the first 3 quarters of the fiscal year (July/August, October/November, and January/February). Please allow 2 – 3 weeks for review and decision on the proposal. Note that funds must be used by June 30, 2019; no new award will be made after March 31, 2019

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)

CENTRIC Pilot Grant Announcement  

LOI Deadline:  July 16, 2018 or sooner
Full applications: August 20, 2018 (for invited applicants)

The Center for Patient Family and Community Engagement in Chronic Care Management is pleased to announce funding to support pilot projects.  

Competitive Applications will address at least on of these priorities:

  • 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 complications. 
  • 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. 
  • 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
Download the full announcement here.  The RFA and requirements for invitees can be found on the the CENTRIC website.
Nanomedicine CoBRE Pilot Projects  

Deadline: August 1, 2018

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)

Download the RFA for details.

Please direct all questions to Tatiana Bronich, email or 559-9351, or David Oupicky, email or 559-9363. All applications must be submitted as pdf files via email to Tammy Slachetka (email) no later than 4:00 PM, August 01, 2018.

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