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.
NE LB506 2021 RFA  

Deadline: January 14, 2021

Program Summary

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NE DHHS) announced the Fiscal Year 2022 Cancer and Smoking Disease Research Funds grant competition. Funded by LB506, this program focuses on reducing cancer and smoking-related diseases. The program gives priority to scientific, technical or behavioral research proposals relating directly to the prevention of cancer and smoking-related diseases. Preferred applications will focus on innovative, new research that could support future proposals for external peer-reviewed funding.

Interested Principal Investigators (PIs) must submit applications to SPAdmin by Thursday, January 14, 2021.


Up to $50,000 for the period of July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022

  • No indirect costs allowed
  • No salary support for the PI or other faculty on full-time appointments allowed
    • To minimize cost-share, PIs or other faculty should commit no more than 2% effort





Detailed Instructions

Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021


Application and appendix documents due to SPAdmin

Email application PDF and appendix PDF to by 5 PM

  • Use the application face page and application form 
  • Prepare one PDF of application and letters (    PDF Title: PI name (Last, First) - LB506 - 2022)
  • Prepare one PDF of all appendix materials (       PDF Title: PI name (Last, First) – Appendix)

To ensure a competitive application, please be available for questions prior to the NE DHHS deadline.

Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021


ADIS Internal Forms due to SPAdmin

Generate routing and budget forms in ADIS; route for “SPA review”

Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021


Applications due to NE DHHS

Upon final review and authorized signature, SPAdmin will submit application/appendix to NE DHHS

Friday, Feb. 26, 2021


Protocol applications due to UNMC regulatory offices

Submit IRB, IACUC, and IBC materials to the applicable UNMC regulatory office for approval by 5 PM

Wednesday, April 21, 2021


Approved protocols due to SPAdmin

Email approved IRB, IACUC, and IBC protocol numbers to SPAdmin by 5 PM

Monday, April 26, 2021


Protocol approvals due to NE DHHS

Send verification of protocol approval for IRB, IACUC, and IBC to NE DHHS

Approvals required by this date or NE DHHS will consider the application incomplete and return without review

Monday, June 1, 2021

NE DHHS announces awards

For more information

NSRI IRAD 2021  

Deadline: January 15, 2021

The National Strategic Research Institute at the University of Nebraska has made funding available to NU faculty, researchers, students and staff for independent research and development (IRAD) across the institute’s research focus areas [Medica Countermeasures & Responsed, Technologies for Detecting & Countering Biological, Chemical & Radiological Weapons, Threat-Beased Training & Exercise Support, and Nuclear Weapons Enterprise Support.]

Up to six projects will be award $15,000 - $25,000.

Details are available at:
Nebraska Bankers Assoc Small Equipment Grant  
Internal Deadline: January 15, 2021
Amount: $5,000 - $15,000 for equipment

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 to be submitted through the NuRamp Internal Competetions Module by noon, January 15, 2021.

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
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.

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: 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.
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. 


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. 

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

Pediatric Research Grants  

Applications are accepted quarterly: February 15, May 15, August 15, November 15

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

Edna Ittner Pediatric Research Support Fund  

Deadline: Friday, November 20, 2020 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.


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.
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.

NE LB606 Stem Cell Research  

Internal Deadline:  2019 CLOSED

Program Summary & Background

In 2008, the Nebraska State Legislature adopted the Stem Cell Research Act (LB 606), which established a Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee to facilitate the awarding of grants to Nebraska institutions or researchers for conducting stem cell research that does not use human embryonic stem cells. 

UNMC is allowed to submit five applications to NE DHHS so Principal Investigators (PI’s) who are interested in submitting applications must first participate in UNMC’s internal screening process by submitting a one-page project description and biosketch.  A total of approximately $436,500 is available for the 2019 competition.

UNMC Internal Review Process

Applicants must email the following to Deborah Hawkins at by April 24th:

  • One page project description in PDF format
  • Biosketch in PDF format

An internal review committee will evaluate the project descriptions based on the selection criteria in the linked RFA and invite five investigators to submit full applications to NE DHHS.  Based on previous reviews of the full applications, it is recommended that special emphasis be placed on the translational merits of the proposed projects.  Thus, the internal review committee will be asked to evaluate the therapeutic potential associated with each proposed project, in addition to the “Selection Criteria” indicated in the RFA.   


Up to $110,000 for a 12 month period (July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020)

  • Indirect cost requests are not allowed
  • Salary support for the PI, doctoral level co-investigators, and administrative or clerical assistance is unallowable


  • A proposal may not be an extension of a project previously funded by LB606; it should be substantially different enough to be clearly a new project
  • Renewals of existing projects are not allowed
  • There is no prohibition for a current grantee to apply for the new RFA

2019 Timeline

Wednesday, April 24……..One-page Project Description & Biosketch (PDF only) due to Deb Hawkins (

Wednesday, May 1………Five (5) UNMC Applicants announced by Review Committee   

Wednesday, May 15……..Full applications due to SPAdmin by 5:00 pm to allow for processing                                                               
Monday, May 20………….Signed applications submitted to NE DHHS by SPAdmin via PDF

Late June……………..........Selection of awards by NE DHHS

July 1………………..……….Grant period begins  

For more information: