Funding Opportunities

Rapid Response Opportunities

Rapid response opportunities have an internal deadline under 60 days.

Nebraska Center for Nanomedicine Pilot Project Grants  

Submission Deadline: March 1, 2020

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)

Funds Available and Allowed Expenses

  • 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, 2020 to May 31, 2021 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.

Eligibility and Format requirements can be found in the RFA.

Please direct all questions to Tatiana Bronich, email or 402-559-9351, or David Oupicky, email or 402-559-9363. All applications must be submitted as pdf files via email to Tammy Slachetka (email) no later than 4:00 PM, March 1, 2020.

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:

NCNS Core Voucher Program RFA  

The Center for Neurosensory Systems, a Center for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) is soliciting applications for vouchers to be used to access core facilities and stimulate new research directions.  Applications can request up to $10,000 to fund projects in one of the core facilities supported by the COBRE. Faculty members from UNMC, Creighton University, or Boys Town National Research Hospital may apply.

Eligible Core Facilities:

Genomics, including DNA and RNA Sequencing (UNMC)

Mouse Genome Engineering (UNMC)

Tissue Science Facility (UNMC)

Integrated Biomedical Imaging Facility (Creighton University)

Auditory Physiology (Creighton and Boys Town) Contact Dr. David He, for ABR and DPOAE measurements on mice. Testing for Creighton researchers will be at Creighton, and testing for BTNRH and UNMC researchers will be at BTNRH.

The funds cannot be used to replace costs included in existing grants, and proposals must indicate how the results will be used to support new grant applications.  Download the application form here.  All applications must also be signed by the core director to indicate that the protocol has been reviewed.

Applications will be reviewed monthly in the order in which they are received.  Funds must be billed by December 31st, 2019.

For additional information please contact:

Shelley D. Smith, Ph.D. 

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