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.
Vouchers for Core Facilities  

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.  Faculty members from UNMC, Creighton University, or Boys Town National Research Hospital 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.

Application Deadline: see schedule below, applications will be reviewed monthly

  • April 5, 2017
  • May 3, 2017
  • June 7, 2017

Funds must be expended by August 30th, 2017.  We anticipate funding 6-7 vouchers.

Award Amount: Up to $5,000

Application Form & Guidelines

Contact Shelley Smith, PhD, FACMG, for more information.

CoBRE Internal Competetion  

NIGMS has issued an RFA announcing new rounds of COBRE competition in 2018, 2019.  UNMC has a long-standing history of competing successfully for these $10M awards and is now eligible to submit an application for a new COBRE program.

Only one proposal may be submitted per eligible institution per fiscal year. The eligible institution is responsible for selecting and approving that project before it can be submitted.

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research evaluates potential UNMC proposals for COBRE grants; therefore, we are soliciting outlines of prospective projects that could be developed into full-scale COBRE proposals for the January 24, 2018 deadline.  The outline should follow the template format.  Download the CoBRE criteria for reference.

 THESE 2-page SUMMARIES ARE DUE to deb.hawkins@unmc.edu ON APRIL 15, 2017

From these summaries, UNMC Deans and Directors (or their designate) will identify the project to be developed into a full COBRE proposal for submission by January 24, 2018.  The PI/PD of the project will be notified by July 1, 2017.   Questions can be directed to Paula Turpen - pbturpen@unmc.edu , 402-559-6162

Nebraska Center for Cellular Signaling Pilot Project Grants  

Call for Applications for Collaborative Pilot Project Grants 
Nebraska Center for Cellular Signaling 
Year 5 of Phase III

This notice represents our official request for the next round of collaborative applications.  This funding is available to support collaborative projects amongst current and past NCCS CoBRE investigators and their collaborators.

One of our major goals is to support projects where it is judged likely that the investigators will submit meritorious, multi-investigator proposals to external agencies within 6 months after the completion of the NCCS pilot project.  Another goal is to promote appropriate application and use of NCCS core technology, especially the UNMC Advanced Microscopy Facility. More mature collaborations that utilize this core facility will have an advantage over less developed partnerships. 

Awards will be made for 1 year with funded amounts up to $100,000 per project.

Timelines:

Please direct all questions to Keith Johnson at kjohnsonr@unmc.edu or 559-3890 or Rick MacDonald at rgmacdon@unmc.edu or 559-7824.  Applications must be submitted electronically to Michele Griebel at michele.griebel@unmc.edu no later than May 5, 2017.

Proposals will be evaluated for scientific merit by our External Advisory Board.  As in the past for internal review mechanisms such as this, we will not be providing detailed critiques of proposals that are not recommended for funding.

Download the RFA for guidelines, eligibility, and application instructions.

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, with the possibility of competitive renewal for a second year. 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 
(http://www.unmc.edu/vcr/cores/vcr-cores/dna-sequencing/index.html)

Mouse Genome Engineering 
(http://www.unmc.edu/vcr/cores/vcr-cores/mgec/index.html)

Tissue Science Facility 
(https://www.unmc.edu/pathology/research/resources/tsf/index.html )

Creighton University Biomedical Imaging 
(http://www.creighton.edu/researchservices/corefacilities/ibif/

Auditory Physiology 
(https://www.boystownhospital.org/research/molecularstudies/Pages/DevelopmentalAuditoryPhysiology.aspx ).

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.

Application Format:

Applications should reflect the format of R21 applications (PHS 398) and contain the following:

Biosketch of the applicant 
Detailed budget for the first year 
Title and Abstract 
Specific Aims (1 page) 
Research Strategy (up to 6 pages) including Significance, Innovation, Approach, and Preliminary Data.  Since these are pilot projects which may have little preliminary data, that section may be used to demonstrate relevant experience in related research.

Timetable:

Applications should be e-mailed in PDF format to Shelley Smith by January 13, 2017.  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 April 20, 2017, with final approval by NIGMS after review of relevant IACUC or IRB approvals.  The anticipated award date is in September 1, 2017.

For additional information please contact:

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

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.

Edna Ittner Pediatric Research Support Fund  
  • 2016 Call for Proposals 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 $35,000 for a one-year period (November 1, 2016 to October 31, 2017)

    • Indirect costs are unallowable
    • Faculty salary is not allowed

    Historically, the Ittner Trust has funded up to three grants annually.  

    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 30, 2016………………Applications due to SPAdmin no later than 5pm                             

    Friday, October 28, 2016………………     Awards announced by Review Committee

     For more information:

     Edna Ittner Program Guidelines

    • Scientific questions: please contact Dr. Chris Kratochvil at 402-559-8490 or ckratoch@unmc.edu.
    • Administrative questions: please contact Holly Dunning at 402-559-7458 or holly.dunning@unmc.edu
Otis Glebe Medical Research Foundation  

Application Deadline:  2016 Call 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 $94,000 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, 10/2015 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 tospadmin@unmc.edu.

Review Process: Proposals will be submitted to an internal committee of UNMC reviewers for initial consideration. The final selection will be made by the Otis Glebe Medical Research Foundation. Funds will typically be available within one month of award notification.

 Deadline

Monday, October 24, 2016……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 holly.dunning@unmc.edu
Nebraska Bankers Small Equipment Grant  
  • Internal Deadline: CLOSED
  • Amount:  $5,000 - $15,000 for equipment
  • 2017 Request for Proposals released January 3, 2017

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 midnight, January 16, 2017, 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