Funding Opportunities

Rapid Response Opportunities

Rapid response opportunities have an internal deadline under 60 days.

Faculty Diversity Funding  

Deadline: April 15 and October 15 annually

The University of Nebraska places a high value on its work in the area of diversity, striving to create a learning community of faculty, students and staff members with different cultural backgrounds. Creating this learning community includes recruiting and retaining excellent faculty and staff. The Faculty Diversity Fund represents a tangible commitment to achieving these goals and is targeted toward the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty in all academic units on the UNMC Campus. Measurable outcomes include increased faculty diversity across campus and successful professional development of these faculty.

Amount: $50,000/year for up to two years, restrictions apply

Eligibility is limited to the recruitment of potential new faculty or retention of current faculty members in UNMC Colleges and Institutes. The criteria for eligibility include BOTH of the following:

  • Applicant/Nominee contributes diverse cultural experiences, background or special talents that lead to a richer and more diverse campus environment that can be evaluated on an individual basis 
  • Applicant/Nominee must demonstrate a track record of commitment to the service of underserved communities and/or patients

The goal of these funds is to hire or retain diverse faculty at UNMC. This funding is for faculty development and research and not for salary support, to compensate for revenue losses, or replace other funding. It is expected that the college or departmental funds that are released as a result of the receipt of a diversity award will be re-invested in the faculty member’s research or other scholarly activity as a means of advancing his/her professional development.

Completed applications should be submitted to Dr. Gary C. Yee, Associate Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs.  Read guidelines here.

Translational Hearing Center Pilot Projects RFA  

Deadline: April 30, 2021

The Translational Hearing Center is an NIH/NIGMS-funded Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (CoBRE) committed to developing a cadre of translational auditory/vestibular research scientists
developing biomedical and ototherapeutic solutions that preserve or restore hearing and vestibular function.

The Center has 2 specialized Research Cores, the Auditory & Vestibular Technology Core, and the Drug Discovery & Delivery Core, to assist PIs in meeting their research goals. Four 1-year Pilot Project research awards are available and described below, with the earliest possible start date of September 1st, 2021.

Pilot Project awards ($50k) are available to support junior faculty investigators to acquire compelling pilot data to successfully compete for an upcoming CoBRE-funded Replacement Project Leader slot or external federal funding (e.g., R series or K series from NIH). Meritorious proposals will fit the Center’s theme, i.e., mechanistically elucidate an etiology underlying hearing loss, or identify/validate candidate compounds that preserves or restores hearing.

Eligibility: Research-, clinical- or tenure-track faculty without a history of R01-level funding (i.e., >$210,000 direct cost per year from a single entity) or prior CoBRE funding. Applicants will be located at Creighton University, Boys Town National Research Hospital or University of Nebraska Medical Center and eligible to compete for RPL slots or independent R01/R21 funding or K awards. Submission deadline is 4.30 pm Friday April 30th, 2021, with the earliest possible start date of September 1st, 2021.

Examples of research areas and complete submission instructions can be found here.

Project inquires can be addressed to Peter Steyger, PhD, Director of the Translational Hearing Center at, and proposal submission enquires to Jerrod Lawrence at

All Pilot Project proposals will be submitted as a single PDF file, with all the required elements (see attached) to Jerrod Lawrence at Notification of review outcomes will be made by June 25th, 2021. IRB and IACUC approvals are required within 28 days of notification of potential funding (i.e., July 23rd, 2021).

NPOD Program Seed Grant RFA  

Deadline: May 17, 2021

Award Amount: up to $20,000

The Nebraska Center for the Prevention of Obesity Diseases (NPOD) invites applications for its seed grant competition. The primary objective of this seed grant program is to stimulate research in the area of obesity research and/or signaling by nutrients or bioactive food compounds, and to enhance competitiveness in obtaining external support.

Details can be found here.

Questions may be addressed to Verona Skomski (402-472-3862) or Janos Zempleni

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