Funding Opportunities

Rapid Response Opportunities

Rapid response opportunities have an internal deadline under 60 days.

Edna Ittner Pediatric Research Support Fund  

Deadline: Friday, November 20, 2020

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. Only one application is allowed per faculty member. 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 (January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021)

  • Indirect costs are not allowed
  • Faculty salary is not allowed
  • Three proposals will most likely be funded

Application Submission Requirements

The proposal must be submitted in accordance with NIH application standards.  Applications should include:

  • Research Plan (PHS 398 Continuation Format Page, 03/2020 revision)
    • Limited to five pages
    • Specific Aim(s)
    • Rationale
    • Brief Experimental Design
    • References (not included in the five-page limit)
    • Preliminary data is not required and appendices will not be accepted

Applications may be submitted to SPAdmin in one of two formats: 1) PDF emailed to or 2) one original (unstapled) hard copy. Internal forms in ADIS are not required at the time of application.


Friday, November 20th..………….Applications due to SPAdmin no later than 5pm                             

Friday, January 1st ……...............Award announced by Review Committee

For more information:

  • Edna Ittner 2020 Program Guidelines (Attached)
  • Scientific questions: please contact Dr. Chris Kratochvil at 402-559-8490 or email.
  • Administrative questions: please contact Laura Wise at 402-559-2051 or email.
IDeA CTR RFA for Pilot Projects Programs  

The Pilot Projects Program of the Great Plains IDeA-CTR Network is excited to announce 4 new funding opportunities for the July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022 funding year.  Letters of Intent (LOI) where required are due October 21, 2020.

These awards are available to full-time faculty at the following institutions: UNMC, UNO, UNK, UNL, Creighton University, and Boys Town National Research Hospital.

Funding areas are as follows:

  • Team Development Pilot $25,000 for one year to support new team collaborations in clinical and translational research. No LOI required.  Full submission due date is November 9th, 2020
  • Team Research Pilot $50,000 for one year to support existing clinical and translational CTR research teams/projects.  LOI required.
  • Tech Transfer Pilot $50,000 for one year to support translation of intellectual property.  LOI required.
  • Heart and Vascular Pilot $50,000 for one year (through the Center for Heart and Vascular Research (CHVR) only UNMC faculty are eligible for this award). LOI required.

*Funding is dependent on the renewal of the Great Plains IDeA-CTR grant.

Questions should be addressed to Heather Braddock email or 402-559-9870

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