Deadline Extended! The internal competition for a new Phase I CoBRE has been extended to December 1, 2018 for consideration of submission January 2020. Please contact Paula Turpen in the office of research if you have questions.
UNMC is eligible to compete for research support through the NIH NIGMS Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program. One of the principal mechanisms of IDeA support of research is the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) grant.
NIGMS has issued an RFA announcing new rounds of COBRE competition in 2019. UNMC has a long-standing history of competing successfully for these $10M awards. UNMC 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, 2020 deadline.
Interested investigators may submit a two-page outline of their project that summarizes how they propose to address each of the CoBRE components. The outline should follow this template format. CoBRE Criteria can be found here.
These 2-page summaries are due to Deborah Hawkins (email) on December 1, 2018.
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, 2020. Questions can be directed to Paula Turpen, email or 402-559-6162
Application Deadline: October 1, 2018
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.
All current UNMC faculty members are eligible to apply. Only one application per faculty member.
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
- 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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
Monday, October 1, 2018……Applications due to SPAdmin no later than 5pm; a PDF may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Deadline: September 24, 2018
The Great Plains IDeA-CTR network is excited to announce a funding opportunity. The grant will be awarded at the GP IDeA-CTR Annual Scientific Meeting on October 10, 2018. Funding will be awarded to an innovative research project based on criteria delineated below.
The goal is to raise awareness of CTR by promising scholars who are developing innovative tools and methods for medical research. The winning investigator/team will receive a pilot grant award to catalyze cutting-edge research that may translate to a sustainable product or a larger federal grant.
We are requesting a brief research pitch (2 pages maximum) to include: project title, principle investigator(s), participating institution(s), study aims, hypotheses, methods (brief overview of design, study sample, measures, budget and statistical analysis plan), one year deliverables, a statement addressing how the project advances CTR and a lay summary. In addition, we ask that applicants provide a biosketch for PI and all key personnel. Download the complete RFA here.
The winner will receive up to $20,000 for one year, and access to resources of the GP IDeA-CTR to support these research efforts. Read more about this and other opportunities on the GP IDeA-CTR website.
Deadline: September 28, 2018
Applications are being accepted for the Chronic HIV and Aging in NeuroAIDS (CHAIN) developmental core grant program.
The 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.
Applications are being accepted from junior investigators and from established investigators in other fields applying their expertise to HIV/AIDS. All applicants must have faculty-level appointments within the University of Nebraska system. 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 grant program, and continued National Institute of Mental Health funding, depends on subsequent grants and publications arising from work supported by the CHAIN Center developmental grants.
Developmental grants can be awarded for up to $50,000 for one year.
Deadline: Monday, October 1, 2018
Funds Available: one-year pilot projects up to $50,000-$100,000
Program Overview: The Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center is accepting applications seeking support for innovative, significant pilot projects in cancer research. The purpose of the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center Pilot Projects Program is to sponsor high-quality, novel, cancer-focused research in order to foster the development of early-stage projects and encourage their transition to securing external funding.
Funding Target Areas: This is an omnibus request for applications for projects in eight target areas.
#1 – Molecular and Biochemical Etiology of Cancer Program
#2 – Cancer Genes and Molecular Regulation Program
#3 – Gastrointestinal Cancer Program
#4 – Cancer Prevention and Control
#5 – Pediatric Cancer, in collaboration with the UNMC Pediatric Cancer Research Center
#6 – Multiple Myeloma Program
#7 – Clinical and/or Translational Cancer Research, in collaboration with the Great Plains IDeA-CTR
#8 – SPORE in Pancreatic Cancer Developmental Research Program
Applications can be submitted for consideration under more than one target area, if applicable.
Application Deadline: Proposals are due on Monday, October 1, 2018, by 5:00 pm CT. Applications should be submitted to Kelly Jordan.
Additional Information: For more information, see the program Request for Applications at the link below.
FPBCC Pilot Projects Program 2018 Request for Applications
Forms for Applicants:
FPBCC Pilot Projects Program Application Forms
Deadline: September 30, 2018
The Nebraska Center for the Prevention of Obesity Diseases (NPOD), funded by a Center for Biomedical Research Excellence grant (Award Number P20GM104320) from the NIH, invites applications for its SEED GRANT competition, pending NIH approval. This is special, one-time, funding available for projects with a required end date of May 31, 2019, with no option to obtain a no-cost extension. The primary objective of this seed grant program is to stimulate research in the area of obesity research and nutrient signaling and to enhance competitiveness in obtaining extramural support.
In this call for proposals, priority will be given to proposals in two areas:
- Area 1: Prevention of obesity-related diseases through dietary molecules. Proposals targeting this area are expected to focus on the prevention of obesity-related diseases through essential and non-essential dietary compounds. Pharmaceutical approaches to the prevention and treatment of disease will not be considered.
- Area 2: Interactions between diet and non-coding RNAs or Biomarkers of disease. Two lines of research will be considered for funding in Area 2, i.e., 1) proposals with a focus on the interactions among nutrition, non-coding RNAs, and disease, and 2) proposals with a focus on biomarkers of disease.
For more information and the application please visit https://cehs.unl.edu/seed-grant-rfa-2018/ .
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)
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 (email@example.com) and Kelly Jordan (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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.
- 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)
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
Deadline: 2018 Call has CLOSED
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
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.email@example.com.
For additional information contact: Paula Turpen, Director of Research Resources (402) 559-6162.
- Internal Deadline: 2018 Call has closed
- 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
Application Deadline: The 2018 deadline is CLOSED
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. 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 (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:
- Face Page – does not need to be signed (PHS 398 Form Page 1, 01/2018 revision)
- Research Plan (PHS 398 Continuation Format Page, 01/2018 revision)
- Limited to five pages
- Specific Aim(s)
- Brief Experimental Design
- References (not included in the five-page limit)
- Preliminary data is not required and appendices will not be accepted
- Biosketch for Key Personnel (NIH Biographical Sketch Format Page, 09/2017 revision)
- More information on the current NIH biosketch format can be found here.
- Budget (PHS 398 Form Page 4, 01/2018 revision)
- Budget Justification (PHS 398 Continuation Format Page, 01/2018 revision)
Applications may be submitted to SPAdmin in one of two formats: 1) PDF emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or 2) one original (unstapled) hard copy.
Friday, September 14, 2018 ……… Applications due to SPAdmin no later than 5pm
Thursday, November 1, 2018……...Award announced by Review Committee
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