Internal Funding Opportunities
Internal funding opportunities require a UNMC faculty member to be a named PI or Co-I on the proposal and may or may not have departmental restrictions.
SIDS Research Fund  

Application Deadline: 5:00 PM on Friday, February 15, 2019

Program Summary 

The SIDS Research Fund, which awards grants for the benefit and support of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) or related research, is now open for applications.

Eligibility

All UNMC faculty members are eligible to apply.

Award

Up to $25,000 for a one-year period (April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020)

  • Indirect costs are unallowable
  • Faculty salary is not allowed

The SIDS Research Fund will grant one or two awards. 

Application Submission Requirements

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

Applications may be submitted to SPAdmin in one of two formats: 1) PDF emailed to spadmin@unmc.edu or 2) one original (unstapled) hard copy.

Timeline

Friday, February 15, 2019 ……………. Applications due to SPAdmin no later than 5pm

Monday, April 1, 2019 ……………….. Awards announced by Review Committee

For more information:

Great Plains IDeA-CTR Core Facility Voucher Program  

The Great Plains IDeA-CTR is soliciting applications from clinical and translational researchers for vouchers to be used to access core facilities and/or fee-for-service resources to augment their current research, or to prepare pilot data for research applications. Applications for vouchers will require an abstract of the proposed project, information on the relevance of the request to the project, and a detailed budget. Awards are anticipated to range between $4,000 and $10,000 per application. A total of approximately $20,000 will be granted to investigators for this fiscal year which ends on June 30, 2019.

Deadlines

Due February 4, 2019; Review: February 5, 2019

Due March 4, 2019; Review: March 5, 2019

Due April 1, 2019; Review: April 2, 2019

Due May 6, 2018; Review: May 7, 2019

Eligibility

Full-time faculty members from UNMC, UNL, UNK, UNO, Boys Town National Research Hospital, University of South Dakota, University of North Dakota or North Dakota State University may apply. 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. The application form is attached. All applications must also be signed by the core director/service provider to indicate that the protocol has been reviewed and/or usage is feasible. Applicants are also required to submit a current NIH biosketch, a description of the relevance of the project to clinical and translational research and a description of the project that includes methods, measures and outcomes (maximum 2 pages). As part of the outcome, information on sustainability of the research (e.g. support of grant submissions, please indicate type and agency) is expected.

All funds must be expended by June 30, 2019.

Post Award Reporting: The PI will be required to submit a brief impact report by June 30, 2019, to include information on core facility use and grants/publications submitted, and general impact of the project on the PI’s research. These grants/publications must acknowledge support from the Great Plains IDeA-CTR (unless the award letter indicates funding from an alternate source or the grant application/publication does not allow such acknowledgements). Campus research offices will be responsible for providing any requested financial data; core facilities will report use-data in conjunction with their normal reporting cycle.

To apply, please click the request form.

For additional information contact:

Pamela Laws 
402-559-4749 
email

CHAIN Developmental Core Request for Applications  

Deadline:  5:00 PM, Friday, February 22, 2019

Program Summary

The Developmental Core program is designed to mentor and support new investigators and new ideas in
HIV/AIDS research related to effects of chronic HIV infection, co-morbidities, and aging on the central
nervous system (CNS) including sex differences and viral reservoirs. 

Research must fall into NIMH Division of AIDS Research high priority categories – we suggest applicants
review the NIMH DARS web site): 

  • Expand approaches to integrate behavioral science with effective biomedical strategies for HIV prevention. 
  • Advance the development and testing of interventions delivered beyond the individual level, by
    incorporating appropriate context into intervention development and testing. 
  • Increase intervention potency and long-term maintenance of effects, with an emphasis on targeting high-risk vulnerable populations. 
  • Develop strategies to increase HIV testing, ensure timely treatment initiation, and improve linkage to care. 
  • Develop and test interventions to improve HIV treatment outcomes through optimal treatment adherence and sustained engagement in care. 
  • Support implementation science and operations research to enhance dissemination strategies and public health impact of effective interventions. 
  • Examine evolving pathophysiologic mechanisms of HIV-induced CNS dysfunction in the setting of long-term antiretroviral therapy and viral suppression, and develop novel therapeutic approaches to mitigate CNS complications of HIV infection. 
  • Support the use of state-of-the-art (epi)genetic approaches to identify and validate viral and host genetic factors that influence the pathophysiology and manifestations of HIV-induced CNS dysfunction. 
  • Define and characterize HIV persistence in the CNS in the context of suppressive highly active antiretroviral therapy, and foster translational research to enable eradication of HIV from the brain. 

Applications are accepted from junior investigators and from established investigators in other fields applying their expertise to HIV/AIDS. Post-doctoral scholar applications are encouraged; however, the submission must be as co-investigator with his/her mentor. Applicants must have faculty-level
appointments within the University of Nebraska Medical Center and/or current subcontracting institutions
(University of Nebraska-Lincoln or Scripps Research) included in the CHAIN award. Applications must
adhere to several criteria and will undergo a rigorous, objective review process. 

Developmental grant recipients gain rapid financial support for their studies and access to many CHAIN
Center core resources. The success of the Developmental Core, and continued National Institute of
Mental Health funding, depends on subsequent grants and publications arising from work supported by
the CHAIN Center Developmental Grants (Chronic HIV and Aging in NeuroAIDS (CHAIN) NIH P30 MH062261).

Deadline for Applications 

5:00 p.m., Central Time, Friday, February 22, 2019 

For complete instructions, guidelines, and links to forms visit
Chronic HIV and Aging In NeuroAIDS 2019 Request for Applications 

Contacts

Shilpa Buch, Ph.D.
email
402-559-3165 

Howard Fox, M.D., Ph.D.
email
402-559-4821 

Susan Swindells, M.B.B.S.
email
402-559-8650

Health Disparities Pilot Grant  

Deadline:  February 25, 2019

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 with potential renewal for an additional 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, 2018 or before.

Download the RFA instructions 

Required Forms:

SUBMISSION INFORMATION

Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on February 25, 2019.  Applications submitted after the deadline will be returned to the applicant without review.

Applications must be submitted electronically as a single pdf file to Deborah Hawkins at Deb.hawkins@unmc.edu.

For additional information contact:  Paula Turpen, Director of Research Resources (402) 559-6162.

Center for Neurosensory Systems Voucher Program  

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 $5,000 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, davidhe@creighton.edu 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, and can be received by the following dates:

  • March 6, 2019
  • April 3, 2019
  • May 1, 2019
  • June 5, 2019

Funds must be billed by August 31st, 2019.

We anticipate funding 4-5 vouchers.

For additional information please contact:

Shelley D. Smith, Ph.D. 
402-559-5314 
shelley.smith@unmc.edu

University of Nebraska Core Facility Grant Program for New Users  

This grant program is aimed at encouraging new users to employ NU core facilities in their research. The program is open to all faculty from any of the NU campuses. Awards are intended to be used to gather new or additional data for strengthening a grant proposal (new or resubmission) or for addressing reviewer concerns associated with a peer-reviewed manuscript.

Eligibility: Any faculty member (Assistant, Associate or Full Professors and equivalent-rank researchers) employed by any University of Nebraska campus is eligible to submit funding applications if they (or students/staff within their research group) have not used a specific core facility (or new technology platform within a core) during the last two fiscal years (2016-2017, 2017-2018) and who require these services to generate data to support new/resubmitted grants or resubmitted/revised manuscripts. Existing core users that request the same technologies/services from other cores (for example, standard electron microscopy on a different campus) are not considered new users.

Application Process:  Applications must be submitted electronically via grants-awards.nebraska.edu. Download RFA information, including restrictions, reporting requirements, and detailed application instructions here.

Amount: The maximum request is $5,000 per core facility and a total of $9,000 per new user if more than one core facility is to be used. 

Deadline: Proposals will be reviewed quarterly during the first 3 quarters of the fiscal year (July/August, October/November, and January/February). Please allow 2 – 3 weeks for review and decision on the proposal. Note that funds must be used by June 30, 2019; no new award will be made after March 31, 2019. 

For more information about the campus cores on any campus or applications for this program, please contact your campus' research office.  (UNMC: Paula Turpen, email or 402-559-6162)

Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center 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: https://unmc.edu/cancercenter/research/research-funding-opp.html. Applications must be prepared in accordance with the guidelines outlined in the RFA and submitted as a single, complete PDF to both Matt Winfrey (winfreym@unmc.edu) and Kelly Jordan (kjordan@unmc.edu). 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.
UNMC Bridge Funding Program  
  • Application Deadline:  Rolling
  • up to $100,000

Bridge Funding is intended to provide critical support to established investigators threatened by an imminent lapse in research funding; both traditional bridge and retooling funding are available.

Contact Ken Bayles, PhD for information.
Application information for the Bridge Grant Program.  Applications must include a letter of support from the applicant's dean/director/department or division chair.  Completed applications should be submitted to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, attention: Pamela Welch (402-559-4837 or email)

Clinical & Translational Pilot Grant Program  

Deadline:  monthly

Amount:  varies

The Research Support Fund is a Nebraska Medicine and UNMC funding mechanism for clinical and translational Pilot Grants.  Approval allows the investigator to waive hospital-based costs of clinical and translational research, such as laboratory or radiologic tests, hospital bed costs or other hospital based services. The Research Support Fund does not provide funds for marketing, patient recruitment costs, or non-hospital testing such as send-out tests. 

Eligibility  

UNMC faculty who need to obtain preliminary data for extramural research applications or who have budget shortfalls for extramurally funded clinical trials are eligible to apply for this program. 

Application Information

(3) weeks prior to the monthly Review Committee meeting (Committee meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the Month)

See the CRC Web site for instructions and application forms. 

Pediatric Research Grants  

Applications are accepted quarterly: March 1, Jun1, September 1, December 1

Eligible applicants must have a faculty appointment at UNMC, but they can be primarily based at Children's Hospital & Medical Center or Creighton University Medical Center. Applicants from non-Pediatric departments who have a primary research commitment to pediatrics are also eligible. UNMC residents, fellows and medical students are encouraged to apply.

Two categories of grant applications will be considered: Pediatric Research Grants and Pediatric Mini-Grants.

  • Pediatric Research Grants will be funded for a maximum of $50,000. Applicants must have a faculty level appointment. A clinical division can be awarded no more than one Pediatric Research Grant per year.
  • Pediatric Mini-Grants will be funded for a maximum of $5,000. The Mini-Grant is designed for small research studies, exploratory projects, case studies, etc. Applicants may be faculty, residents, fellows or medical students. Applicants in-training are encouraged to apply and must list a faculty mentor who will supervise the project and attest to the applicant's commitment and availability.

Grant awards will be for a period of one year with the option to carry over funds for a second unfunded year, if requested. Unspent funds will revert back to the Pediatric Research Fund after completion of the research period.

Link to Full RFA and Application Forms

Innovation Micro-Grants  

The Innovation Micro-Grant is by nature a rarely used program designed to further the development of previously submitted inventions that generate commercial interest. UNeMed initiates and drives the application process for inventions that attract keen interest from investors or industry representatives.

The intent of the awards is to fill small funding gaps to support additional experiments, analysis, rapid prototyping or other developmental steps that a potential commercial partner might require before entering a licensing agreement. A technology’s licensing manager will determine whether an Innovation Micro-Grant is an appropriate course of action.

Contact UNeMED for details.

Proof of Concept Grant - Commercialization  
Deadline: Open Submission Dates
Amount: up to $250,000 per project

The purpose of the Proof of Concept (POC) grants is to provide funds for additional development of selected technologies to increase their commercialization potential and value. POC grant funds are provided through the University of Nebraska Central Administration, via the Nebraska Research Initiative, and were initiated in the fall of 2011. It is the intent of the grants to increase the value of a technology beyond the cost of the grant, thereby generating a positive return to fund additional research.

Direct link to RFA

VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Research  
There are three major focus areas of research at NWIHCS that involve:
  • Alcohol and Addictive Disorders
  • Obesity and Type II Diabetes Mellitus
  • Rheumatology and Immunology

Additional areas of research include work in Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Liver Disease, Immunology, Endocrine/Diabetes/Obesity, Pulmonary Airway Inflammation and COPD, Rheumatology Arthritis, Infectious Disease, Orthopedic Rehabilitation, GI Physiology (obesity emphasis), Surgical Wound Healing, Cancer Treatment Trails, Reproductive Endocrinology, Video-laryngoscopy and Virtual Perioperative Care, Vascular Diseases/gait, Dental Prosthetics, Quality of Care and Patient Safety.  Conducting research on each of these areas which impact on the health and care of veterans is consistent with the NWIHCS and VA mission.

Contact NWI VAMC Research for current funding opportunities in these areas.

Edna Ittner Research Program  

Application Deadline: The 2018 deadline is CLOSED

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.

Eligibility

All UNMC faculty members are eligible to apply. 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.

Award

Up to $45,000 for a one-year period (November 1, 2018 to October 31, 2019)

  • Indirect costs are not allowed
  • Faculty salary is not allowed
  • One award will be made

Application Submission Requirements

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

Applications may be submitted to SPAdmin in one of two formats: 1) PDF emailed to spadmin@unmc.edu or 2) one original (unstapled) hard copy.

Timeline

Friday, September 14, 2018 ……… Applications due to SPAdmin no later than 5pm                                   

Thursday, November 1, 2018……...Award announced by Review Committee

For more information:

Otis Glebe Medical Research Foundation  

Application Deadline: 2018 Competetion has CLOSED

Program Summary

The Otis Glebe Medical Research Foundation, which awards grants to projects focused on translational research, is now open for applications. Projects of particular interest will be those that emphasize the translation of laboratory findings to clinical practice and those that facilitate the application of research findings to the community to enhance the adoption of best practices.

Eligibility

All current UNMC faculty members are eligible to apply. Only one application per faculty member.

Award

The Glebe Foundation anticipates that it will fund one grant of up to $93,330 for a one-year period.

  • Indirect costs are unallowable
  • Salary for the Principal Investigator is not allowed

Application Submission Requirements

Proposals must be submitted in accordance with NIH application standards and should include:

  • Face Page
  • Lay Summary - avoid using scientific terms or abbreviations; the Glebe Foundation will rely heavily on this component of the application to finalize its funding decision.
  • Research Plan (PHS 398 Continuation Format Page, 3/2016 revision)
    • Specific Aim(s) one page limit
    • Rationale, brief Experimental Design, and future funding plans two page limit
    • References
    • While preliminary data is not required, relevant data can be included within the two page limit
  • Appendices will not be accepted
  • Biosketch (NIH Biographical Sketch Format Page, 11/2016 revision)
    • Must be submitted for the Principal Investigator
    • More information on the current NIH biosketch format can be found here

Applications may be submitted to SPAdmin as a PDF emailed to spadmin@unmc.edu.

Review Process: Proposals will be submitted to an internal committee of UNMC reviewers for initial consideration. Finalists are expected to prepare and present a brief summary of their proposal to the Otis Glebe Medical Research Foundation who will make the final selection.  Funds will typically be available within one month of award notification.

Progress Report:   

A lay report of activity including any abstracts, manuscripts, patent applications, grant application or awards should be sent to SPAdmin by email no later than September 30, 2019 for later presentation to the Otis Glebe Medical Research Foundation.

Deadline

Monday, October 1, 2018……Applications due to SPAdmin no later than 5pm; a PDF may be emailed to spadmin@unmc.edu.

For more information:

  • Otis Glebe Medical Research Foundation Program Guidelines (click here)
  • If you have questions, please contact Holly Dunning, Coordinator, Sponsored Programs Administration, at 402-559-7458 or laura.wise@unmc.edu.
Nebraska Bankers Small Equipment Grant  
  • Internal Deadline: CLOSED January 16, 2019
  • Amount: $5,000 - $15,000 for equipment
  • Request for Proposals released January 3, 2019
  • Download: Application Guideline

The Banker's grant program is intended to support equipment for research or research education activities that will impact a large number of individuals. Proposals that have the potential to leverage existing resources for the greatest impact will be given priority. Past Award Recipients

Applications are due to the Vice Chancellor for Research Office by noon, January 16, 2019, addressed to Deborah Hawkins

Application Form *adobe plugins must be enabled in your browser and you may need to download the form in order to view it.

If you experience difficulty opening the application form try right-clicking on the link and choose download to open in Adobe Reader or Acrobat. Still having difficulty? Contact Linda Wilkie, 402-559-7649 or email