Funding Opportunities

Rapid Response Opportunities

Rapid response opportunities have an internal deadline under 60 days.

Hubbard Water, Climate & Health Fellowships  

Deadline: January 29, 2021

Scope: Multiple awards up to $17,500 each will be awarded to support graduate students, either master's or PhD, for FY 2021-2022, with the requirement that these funds are to be matched one to one by funds secured by the faculty applicant to cover the costs of maintaining a graduate student for a year or more. Faculty will be eligible for the continuation of the award in subsequent years (a potential additional year for master's students or potential two years for Ph.D. students), based upon an annual review of the student's research project and progress towards completion. Awardees may apply for travel grants to present related research papers at national and international meetings, providing the student whom is presenting and the abstract have both been accepted (up to $1000 awarded per student annually).

New this year, the institute will support Hubbard Water, Climate and Health Fellowships for students researching topics at the nexus of water, climate and health. Potential topics of interest include but are not limited to: 1) Link between water quality and pediatric cancer or birth defects; 2) Health outcomes related to flooding or drought; 3) Mapping of at-risk populations and environmental exposures; 4) The impact of technology, such as precision application of nitrogen fertilizer on soil and water quality.

Download a complete copy of DWFI Round Eight Request for Applications 
Download a complete copy of Hubbard Water, Climate and Health Fellowship Request for Applications 

 If you have questions about the application process, please contact Christopher Neale (, 435-770-0297); Rachael Herpel (, 402-419-0840) or Meghan Langel (, 402-559-5271). Read more here.

CENTRIC Pilot Grant Program  

LOI Deadline: February 1, 2021

CENTRIC seeks to support innovative, significant pilot projects related to strengthening patient, family, and community engagement in self-management of chronic conditions. Research in any area will be considered with priority given to projects that will lead to future funding (e.g., R mechanism or foundation grant). This will fund a project up to $50,000 for one year. Interested applicants are encouraged to communicate with one of the CENTRIC Scientific Advancement Committee chairs or the Nursing Core Committee to discuss the project idea. Following this step, please submit a letter of intent (LOI) to You will be notified in approximately 10 days if you are invited to submit a full application. In order to qualify to submit a full grant proposal, you must agree to complete a grant (mock) review or meet with a consultant (external to CON or University) about your grant. Applications may be e-mailed as a PDF to, and cc’d to Drs. Ann Berger and Kim Scarsi. Please include the words “pilot project application” and the last name of the Principal Investigator in the subject line of the e-mail. You will receive a confirmation e-mail upon receipt. Reviewers with expertise appropriate to study content will be asked to review proposals.

Download RFA for further details.


Deadline: February 15, 2021

The Cognitive Neuroscience of Development and Aging (CONDA) Center is pleased to announce an opportunity for Research Project funding through an NIH/NIGMS grant. The CONDA Center is a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (CoBRE) that focuses on cognitive neuroscience and strives to support neuroscience research in the Omaha region.

The goal of the Research Projects Program is to provide support to junior investigators to develop independent research program and acquire the preliminary data necessary to apply for and obtain external federal funding. Successful applicants will receive up to $200,000 in direct costs per year for 2-3 years, as well as access to the resources and equipment of the Center for professional development and project support. Applicants must be able to devote 0.5 FTE to the project. We anticipate funding one Research Projects through this RFA in 2021.

Complete details may be found here.

Eligibility and Eligible Institutions: This current RFA is limited to full-time faculty at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Individuals must be eligible to apply for NIH funds. Individuals currently receiving research project funds from other IDeA mechanisms (INBRE, COBRE, CTR) are not eligible to apply. Applicants need to be in a tenure-leading position at rank of Assistant Professor or higher and not have or
previously had an external, peer-reviewed RPG or Program Project Grant (PPG) from either a Federal or non-Federal source that names that investigator as the PD/PI (e.g. an R01 or the equivalent). 

Relevant Areas of Research: This mechanism aims to support innovative research that focuses on cognitive neuroscience which leads to the development of the recipient into an independent, NIH-funded scientist. For this RFA we are specifically interested in research projects that use translational animal models and will perform neuroimaging and behavioral assessment. Examples of such Research Projects that would be of high interest to the CONDA Center include, but are not limited, to the below: 

  • Novel neuroimaging studies of models of Alzheimer’s disease or neurodegenerative diseases 
  • Studies of effects of altered brain activity (i.e. seizures) on the development of neurocognitive impairments
  • Studies examining the impact of stress on brain structure and/or function in development and aging.
  • Neural mechanisms of psychiatric disease and/or psychiatric symptoms in other diseases
  • Neuroimaging studies of neurodevelopmental disorders including Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
  • Impact of neuroinflammation on brain structure and function across the lifespan.

Priority will be given to those projects that are most likely to lead to successful extramural funding. Applications not relevant to the Center’s themes (i.e., cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging, neurocognitive disorders, development, and/or aging), will be returned without review.

For questions pertaining to whether your research would qualify for Center support, please contact Jenny Brady,

Application Deadline: 5pm CST on February 15, 2021

Notification of Selection: March 15, 2021

Application Submission Process, download instructions here.
Nebraska Center for Nanomedicine Pilot Project Grants  

Deadline: March 1, 2021

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. Download the program details here.

A total of up to $225,000 funding will be available for this RFA. The funding will be available for the period from July 01, 2021 to May 31, 2022 with an option of renewal for an additional year of funding in the next cycle in applicable categories of pilot grants contingent on satisfactory progress and subject to full review. Carry forward is not allowed. The Center Administrator will set up spending accounts. The applicants may request a budget for direct costs that may include funds for supplies, core facilities fees and other appropriate costs directly related to the project. Faculty salary support is not allowed. Travel costs are not supported except those essential to perform the proposed research.

Please direct all questions to Tatiana Bronich, or 559-9351, or David Oupicky, or 559-9363. All applications must be submitted as pdf files via email to Tammy Slachetka ( no later than 4:00 PM, March 1, 2021.

Health Disparities Pilot Grant RFA  

Deadline: March 9, 2021

Reducing health disparities is one of UNMC’s primary goals. Often health disparities are complex and require larger teams with a variety of skills to identify novel strategies to address them. This RFA has been developed to support new or expand existing teams for the development or study of innovative strategies for reducing health disparities. 

AWARD DESCRIPTION: $50,000 for one year.. 

ELIGIBILITY: Any UNMC faculty from any college; including faculty who have a signed employment agreement in place with a start date of November 1, 2020 or before. 

Download the RFA instructions  

Required Forms: 


Applications must be submitted electronically through the NuRamp Internal Competitions module by 5:00 PM on March 9, 2021. NuRamp will not accept applications after the deadline. Upload the application as one single pdf using the NuRamp File Upload field. Routing is not required, your signed face sheet will serve as the routing approval for this competition. Don’t forget to submit your application after marking complete and saving.

For additional information contact: Tess Kuenstling, Director of Research Resources 402-559-6162 or email. For NuRamp assistance contact: Linda Wilkie, 402-559-7649 (email) or James Geiger, 402-559-4565 (email). 


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