Funding Opportunities

Rapid Response Opportunities

Rapid response opportunities have an internal deadline under 60 days.

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:

CONDA Pilot RFA Year 2  

The Cognitive Neuroscience of Development and Aging (CONDA) Center is pleased to announce an opportunity for pilot project funding through an NIH/NIGMS grant. The CONDA Center is a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) that focuses on the cognitive neuroscience of lifespan development. 

The goal of the Pilot Projects Program is to provide support to emerging scholars in this area by enabling them to pursue promising new research directions and acquire the preliminary data necessary to apply for and obtain external federal funding. Successful applicants will receive up to $50,000 in direct costs per year for 1-2 years, as well as access to the resources and equipment of the Center for professional development and project support.  

The application deadline is October 1, 2020. 

For more information on this funding opportunity, visit our website for more information. Please direct any questions to Melissa Welch-Lazoritz ( 

CS-CASH Pilot/Feasibility Project RFP  

LOI Deadline:  7/6/2020
Full Proposals Deadline: 8/21/2020

The Central States Center of Agricultural Safety and Health (CS-CASH) has announced a call for proposals for their Pilot/Feasibility Projects Program. The program goal is to enable investigators to collect preliminary data to support submission of grant applications for independent, longer-term, larger projects related to agricultural safety and health. The central hypothesis of this program is that pilot and/or feasibility projects funded from this Center will result in subsequent grant submissions to NIOSH or other funding agencies to advance agricultural health and safety research. A maximum $20,000 is available for awarded projects.


Contact Ellen Duysen for questions regarding the application process.

NPOD MPI Pilot Grant RFA  

LOI Deadline: September 1, 2020

The Nebraska Center for the Prevention of Obesity Diseases (NPOD) invites applications for its multiple PI pilot grant competition. 

The primary objective of this pilot grant program is to stimulate collaborative, multidisciplinary research in the area of obesity research and/or signaling by nutrients or bioactive food compounds, and to enhance competitiveness in securing major external, preferably federal support.

The winning team will be supported with up to $100,000 direct costs per year for a maximum of two years.

Deadline for letter of intent: September 1st, 2020 (5 p.m. CST)

Please find more information on our website: []

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