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.
Nebraska Bankers Small Equipment Grant  
  • Internal Deadline: Noon, Wednesday, January 17, 2018
  • Amount: $5,000 - $15,000 for equipment
  • Request for Proposals released January 3, 2018
  • 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 17, 2018, addressed to Deborah Hawkins

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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

Health Disparities Pilot Grant  

Deadline:  March 15, 2018

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. Priority will be given to proposals focused on known health disparities of our region and proposals that will have the greatest reach for numbers of persons impacted.

Read the full RFA here.

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, 2017 or before.

Download the RFA instructions 

Required Forms:

SUBMISSION INFORMATION

Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on March 15, 2018.  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.

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, 2015-2016) 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 on an ongoing basis. Please allow 2 – 3 weeks for review and decision on the proposal. Note that funds must be used by June 30, 2018; no new award will be made after May 1, 2018. 

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)

Cancer Research, Biomedical Informatics, and Community Engagement Pilot Grant Program  

Application Deadline:  January 31, 2018

The great Plains IDeA-CTR Network is issuing a request for application in 3 specialty areas:  Cancer Research, Biomedical Informatics, and Community Engagement.  Please see the area specific RFA's on the GP IDeA-CTR website for specific information on each of these funding opportunities.

1) Cancer Research:  Up to $100,000 to be spent in 24 months, but must have a strong explanation as to why this project would benefit from two years instead of one year.  The goal of the pilot program is to provide support to the most promising and novel clinical-translational research (CTR) projects and help investigators obtain preliminary data necessary for successful investigator initiated extramural grants. Download the RFA.

2) Biomedical Informatics: A total of $35,000 will be awarded.  Individual awards will range from $2,500 - $20,000. Proposals can fall into one of two categories: Big Data and Data Demonstration.  The purpose of this funding program is to support preliminary studies demonstrating the use of large datasets in Clinical and Translational Research. Download the RFA.

3)  Community Engagement:  The goal of this funding program is to achieve community impact and advance science through partnerships between community organizations and Clinical and Translational Research investigators.  Proposals that are responsive to this call will include community partners as active collaborators across the span of idea generation, proposal development, study implementation, analysis and interpretation of the results, and development of future directions for both research and community impact.  Download the RFA.

for questions please contact the Great Plains IDeA-CTR Office at 402-552-2260 or email

Mentored Pilot Research Projects  

The Center for Neurosensory Systems, a Center for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) is soliciting applications for pilot grants concerning the molecular mechanisms regulating the development and maintenance of function of the auditory, visual, and central nervous systems. 

Applications can request up to $100,000 for one year. There will not be an option for a second year of funding. Proposals must indicate how the pilot study results will be used to support R01 or equivalent applications.

COBRE programs have a primary focus in career development and include a structured mentoring program, so preference is given to junior faculty members, established researchers who are adding a new research focus, or clinicians starting a research program.  We will work with successful applicants to match them with an appropriate research and career mentor, and they are expected to meet regularly. 

Preference will also be given to projects which utilize any of our sponsored core facilities:

Genomics, including DNA and RNA Sequencing

Mouse Genome Engineering 

Tissue Science Facility

Creighton University Integrated Biomedical Imaging Facility

Auditory Physiology

Who may apply:

Applicants must have full-time independent faculty appointments at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Creighton University, or Boys Town National Research Hospital.

Timetable:

Applications should be e-mailed in pdf format to Shelley Smith by February 16, 2018.  They will be reviewed by a local steering committee and by an External Advisory Committee. Finalists will present their projects at an annual meeting of the External Advisory Committee on May 1, 2018, with final approval by NIGMS after review of relevant IACUC or IRB approvals.  The anticipated award date is in September 1, 2018.

Download the RFA here

For Additional Information Please contact:  Shelley D Smith, PhD (402-559-5314 or email)

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 Grants  
Deadline: varies, contact UNeMED
Amount: varies, $10,000 - $20,000

The Innovation Grant Program is designed to allow the further development of an early stage technology.

Direct link to RFA

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

UNeMed Best New Invention Notification  
  • Application Deadline: Annually (April)
  • $10,000
  • Fully Completed NIN required

Contact UNeMED for details.

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.

Otis Glebe Medical Research Foundation  

Application Deadline: 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 $88,000 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 October 31, 2018 for later presentation to the Otis Glebe Medical Research Foundation.

Deadline

Monday, October 9, 2017……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.