Apply for External Funding
The Office of Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) welcomes faculty to apply to the following funding opportunities. This list will be updated monthly and an ongoing list can be found on ORCA’s website. ORCA encourages faculty to use UNO’s funding databases to search for additional funding opportunities.
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Public Humanities Projects - NEH
The Public Humanities Projects program supports projects that bring the ideas of the humanities to life for general audiences through public programming. Projects must engage humanities scholarship to analyze significant themes in disciplines such as history, literature, ethics, and art history. Awards support projects that are intended to reach broad and diverse public audiences in non-classroom settings in the United States. Projects should engage with ideas that are accessible to the general public and employ appealing interpretive formats. Public Humanities Projects supports projects in three categories (Exhibitions, Historic Places, and Humanities Discussions), and at two funding levels (Planning and Implementation). Proposed projects may include complementary components: for example, a museum exhibition might be accompanied by a website or mobile app.
Application Due Date: Aug. 11, 2021
Mellon Foundation Monuments Project
The Monuments Project is a five-year, $250 million commitment to reimagine and rebuild commemorative spaces and transform the way history is told in the United States. The project seeks to ensure that future generations inherit a memorial landscape that venerates and reflects the vast, rich complexity of the American experience, and tells a fuller, more inclusive story of our history and our many different forbearers. The Monuments Project will unfold in deep collaboration with historians, artists, architects, memory workers, theorists, archivists, activists, and technologists along with nonprofit organizations, grassroots community organizers, scholars, and others who have laid the critical foundations for recent conversations and who have long interrogated the politics of race, public space, and memorialization. Mellon’s grants will support far-sighted, creative, conversation-shaping work that will catalyze the transformation of our nation’s histories.
There is no application deadline. Proposals are accepted by invitation only. Please submit an inquiry through Fluxx.
Humanities Nebraska Opportunities
Humanities Nebraska will again be accepting grant applications from Nebraska museums, historic sites and other cultural nonprofit organizations for pandemic relief funds. Funding for these grants has been provided by the Nebraska Cultural Endowment in an unprecedented special distribution designed to help support Nebraska’s arts and humanities organizations by keeping their doors open and staff employed, while investing in delivering programming in innovative ways. Applications are accepted between Sept. 15 and Oct. 1.
The next Humanities Nebraska mini grant deadline is Sept. 1. Mini grants are for $2,000 or less, and may fund projects that begin at least one month after the application deadline.
The next Humanities Nebraska major grant deadline is Aug. 1. Major grants are for more than $2,000 and fund projects that begin at least one month after the application deadline.
Intersection of Sex and Gender Influences on Health and Disease
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to invite R01 applications on the influence and intersection of sex and gender in health and disease including: (1) research applications that examine sex and gender factors and their intersection in understanding health and disease; and (2) research that addresses one of the five objectives from Strategic Goal 1 of the new 2019-2023 Trans-NIH Strategic Plan for Women's Health Research "Advancing Science for the Health of Women." The awards under this FOA will be administered by NIH ICs using funds that have been made available through the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) and the scientific partnering Institutes and Centers across NIH.
Application Due Date: Nov. 26, 2021. Letter of Intent due 30 days prior to application due date.
Security and Preparedness
The Security and Preparedness (SAP) Program supports basic scientific research that advances knowledge and understanding of issues broadly related to global and national security. Research proposals are evaluated on the criteria of intellectual merit and broader impacts; the proposed projects are expected to be theoretically motivated, conceptually precise, methodologically rigorous, and empirically oriented. Substantive areas include (but are not limited to) international relations, global and national security, human security, political violence, state stability, conflict processes, regime transition, international and comparative political economy, and peace science. Moreover, the Program supports research experiences for undergraduate students and infrastructural activities, including methodological innovations. The Program does not fund applied research. In addition, we encourage you to examine the websites for the National Science Foundation's Accountable Institutions and Behavior (AIB) and Law and Science (LS) programs.
Application Due Date: Aug. 16, 2021, and Jan. 17, 2022.
Accountable Institutions and Behavior (AIB)
The Accountable Institutions and Behavior (AIB) Program supports basic scientific research that advances knowledge and understanding of issues broadly related to attitudes, behavior, and institutions connected to public policy and the provision of public services. Research proposals are expected to be theoretically motivated, conceptually precise, methodologically rigorous, and empirically oriented. Substantive areas include (but are not limited to) the study of individual and group decision-making, political institutions (appointed or elected), attitude and preference formation and expression, electoral processes and voting, public administration, and public policy. This work can focus on a single case or can be done in a comparative context, either over time or cross-sectionally. The Program does not fund applied research. The Program also supports research experiences for undergraduate students and infrastructural activities, including methodological innovations. In addition, we encourage you to examine the websites for the National Science Foundation’s Law and Science (LS) and Security and Preparedness (SAP) programs.
Application Due Date: Aug. 16, 2021, and Jan. 17, 2022.
BRAIN Initiative: Research on the Ethical Implications of Advancements in Neurotechnology and Brain Science
This program supports R01 research projects from multi-disciplinary teams focused on key ethical issues associated with BRAIN Initiative supported research areas. Efforts supported under this FOA are intended to be both complementary and integrative with the transformative, breakthrough neuroscience discoveries supported through the BRAIN Initiative.
Application Due Date: Oct. 13, 2021
Combat Readiness - Rapid Development and Translational Research Award
This award supports research that will accelerate the movement of promising ideas into clinical applications, including healthcare products, technologies, and/or practice guidelines. Research under this Broad Agency Announcement should represent a rapid advancement or innovative “leap ahead” and have the potential for broadly applicable, cross-cutting advances benefiting military health and medicine as well as the general public. Please see the following link for information on priority focus areas.
Application Due Date: Dec. 1, 2021
Advancing Informal STEM Learning
This solicitation supports projects to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and engage the public of all ages in learning STEM in informal environments.
Application Due Date: Jan. 18, 2022
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