NU System Collaboration Initiatives

The primary purpose of the Collaboration Initiative is to enhance competitiveness of University of Nebraska faculty for extramural funding by fully leveraging intellectual capacity and research resources across the campuses.  The 2020-2021 funding opportunity is designed to facilitate and strengthen research collaborations among NU faculty.

This year's faculty-grant Request for Applications (RFA) will solicit proposals from multi-campus, multidisciplinary teams that help to position them to compete for extramural funding. Researchable topics will not be administratively predefined, but applications must be designed to strengthen the team's future funding proposal.  All disciplines are encouraged to apply; projects must build towards a competitive extramural funding application.

Principal Investigators must participate in the virtual Collaboration Initiative Retreat to be eligible for funding from this program. Retreat registrations will open on September 16; additional information to register and announce the RFA will be forthcoming soon.


Friday, October 30, 2020


Team Formation and Publication Grants
One-year grants, of up to $7,00 each, to build new research collaborations across University of Nebraska campuses.

Preliminary Data and Application Preparation Grants
One-year grants, of up to $40,000 each, to strengthen research collaborations and generate preliminary data critical to extramural research proposal submission.

Team Seed Grants
Two-year grants, of up to $150,000 each, to strengthen existing and build new research collaborations among faculty with a track record of extramural research funding.