Current Funding Opportunities
Nebraska Center for Nanomedicine (NCN)
The Nebraska Center for Nanomedicine, a Center for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) is soliciting applications for vouchers to be used to access core facilities supported by the Center.
Purpose: The goals of this voucher program are to encourage and support usage of the various imaging modalities and nanomaterial characterization methods by investigators for projects to help acquire preliminary data for external grant applications that would use the core facilities and to promote utilization of imaging methods in their research by users who are new to the technology.
Description: Vouchers in amounts up to $5,000 per project will be made on a competitive basis. Funds must be billed by May 31st, 2021. These funds will not be allocated directly to the investigators’ laboratories but would instead be held in an account by the Core Facility to be expended as needed to subsidize usage fees for the Cores for the applicable projects. View the full RFA here.
Deadline: September 15, 2020
NIOSH Centers for Excellence for Total Worker Health
The purpose of this FOA is to solicit meritorious applications for Centers of Excellence for TWH to develop and conduct a broad range of multidisciplinary research, intervention, outreach and education, and evaluation activities that advance the overall safety, health, and well-being of the diverse population of workers in our nation. Center structure should take advantage of diverse scientific resources and focus on local, regional, or national worker safety and health issues. Centers should emphasize creating and implementing evidence-based solutions to address evolving challenges and opportunities related to worker safety, mental and physical health, and well-being. Collaborations in partnership with academic institutions, nonprofit organizations, and other groups focused on occupational safety and health are expected. Applicants must concisely describe the occupational health burden within their service area and directly link research and outreach activities to help alleviate the burden. Applicants should also clearly articulate the anticipated impacts of the proposed work, both during the project period and beyond.
The FOA is expected to be published in January 2021 with an expected application due date in April 2021. More details can be found here.
2021 McKnight Scholar Awards
The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience supports innovative research designed to bring science closer to the day when diseases of the brain can be accurately diagnosed, prevented, and treated. To this end, the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience invites applications for the 2021 McKnight Scholar Awards.
To access the application and guidelines and online portal, click here. Applications for the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience Scholar Award are due January 4, 2021.
Facebook Fellowship Program 2021
The Facebook Fellowship is a global program designed to encourage and support promising doctoral students who are engaged in innovative and relevant research in areas related to computer science and engineering at an accredited university.
The program is open to students in any year of their PhD study. We also encourage people of diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply, especially those from traditionally under-represented minority groups. Applications are evaluated based on the strength of the student’s research statement, publication record, and recommendation letters.
Winners of the Fellowship are entitled to receive up to two years/four semesters of paid tuition and fees, a $42,000 annual stipend to cover living and conference travel costs, a paid visit to Facebook headquarters for the annual Fellowship Summit, and various opportunities to engage with Facebook researchers.
Applications close October 1, 2020 12:00 PM PST. Click here to apply!
DoD Rare Cancers Research Program FY20
The FY20 Defense Appropriations Act provides funding to the Department of Defense Rare Cancers Research Program (RCRP) to support for research of exceptional scientific merit in the area of rare cancers research. As directed by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, the Defense Health Agency J9, Research and Development Directorate manages the Defense Health Program (DHP) Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E) appropriation. The managing agent for the anticipated Program Announcements/Funding Opportunities is the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC).
All letters of intent for these funding opportunities are due November 12, 2020.
Opportunities for Post Doctoral Researchers
Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. (SPA) is looking for postdoctoral researchers to join our company for an interesting opportunity with the US Government. This document includes the list of positions they are currently looking for candidates.
CoNDA Center Request for Pilot Grant Applications
The Cognitive Neuroscience of Development and Aging (CoNDA) Center is pleased to announce an opportunity for pilot project funding through an NIH/NIGMS grant. The CoNDA Center is a new Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) that focuses on the cognitive neuroscience of lifespan development and strives to support and develop all neuroimaging and human neuroscience research in the region.
The goal of the Pilot Projects Program is to provide support to emerging scholars in this area by enabling them to pursue promising new research directions and acquire the preliminary data necessary to apply for and obtain external federal funding. Successful applicants will receive up to $50,000 in direct costs per year for 1-2 years, as well as access to the resources and equipment of the Center for professional development and project support. We anticipate funding 1-2 Pilot Projects through this RFA, with a likely award start date of 2/1/2021.
Application Deadline: 5 PM CST on October 1, 2020
Notification of Selection: November 2, 2020
Launch of New Quantum Leap Challenge Institutes
Today, The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced the establishment of three new Quantum Leap Challenge Institutes. The institutes will receive a total of $75 million to accelerate quantum information science (QIS) research and development (R&D) and strengthen American leadership in this key industry of the future. “America’s future depends on our continued leadership in the most cutting-edge industries of tomorrow. With the announcement of three new quantum institutes, the Trump Administration is making a bold statement that the United States will remain the global home for QIS research. Our new Quantum Leap Challenge Institutes will advance America’s long history of breakthrough discoveries and generate critical advancements for years to come,” said Michael Kratsios, U.S. Chief Technology Officer. “Quantum information science has the potential to change the world. But to realize that potential, we must first answer some fundamental research questions,” said Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan, NSF Director. “Through the Quantum Leap Challenge Institutes, NSF is making targeted investments. Within five years, we are confident these institutes can make tangible advances to help carry us into a true quantum revolution.”
The Quantum Leap Challenge Institutes are hosted by universities and will integrate the resources and expertise of the National Laboratories and industry partners. In addition to their research, these centers will also focus on training and educating a diverse, quantum-ready U.S. workforce. They will develop new in-person and online curricula for students and teachers at all educational levels, from primary school to professionals.
Today’s announcement establishes three institutes:
- NSF Quantum Leap Challenge Institute for Enhanced Sensing and Distribution Using Correlated Quantum States: Quantum sensors that can measure everything from radiation levels to the effects of gravity will be more sensitive and accurate than classical sensors. This institute, led by the University of Colorado, will design, build, and employ quantum sensing technology for a wide variety of applications in precision measurement.
- NSF Quantum Leap Challenge Institute for Hybrid Quantum Architectures and Networks: Developing more robust quantum processors is a significant challenge in QIS and engineering. This institute, led by the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, will build interconnected networks of small-scale quantum processors and test their functionality for practical applications.
- NSF Quantum Leap Challenge Institute for Present and Future Quantum Computing: Today’s quantum computing prototypes are rudimentary, error-prone, and small-scale. This institute, led by the University of California, Berkeley, plans to learn from these challenges to design advanced, large-scale quantum computers, develop efficient algorithms for current and future quantum computing platforms, and ultimately demonstrate that quantum computers outperform even the best conceivable classical computers.
The Trump Administration has taken historic action to advance U.S. leadership in QIS, a key area for future economic prosperity and national security.
- In 2018, OSTP released the first ever national strategic plan for QIS providing guidance to government, private sector, and academic communities on priorities for U.S. leadership in QIS.
- In 2018, President Donald J. Trump signed the bipartisan National Quantum Initiative Act into law which bolstered investment in QIS and strengthened Federal coordination efforts.
- In 2019, The White House established the National Quantum Coordination Office to coordinate and strengthen quantum policy and R&D investments across the Federal government.
- Most recently, the President’s Fiscal Year 2021 Budget included a commitment to double investment in quantum R&D by FY2022.
Second Round of Fast Grants
For the second round of Fast Grants, decisions will be made within 14 days of application submission. We will close application submission as soon as we’ve received sufficient high-quality applications that we’re confident that our funds can be well-spent. (With the first round, we received more than 4,000 applications within a few days.)
In making grant selections, we will prioritize work that is already underway (but lacking in funding) and that is likely to yield impact within 2020.
To apply, just head to fastgrants.org.
Nebraska EPSCoR FIRST AWARDS
Nebraska EPSCoR has created a competitive FIRST Award grant program to help Nebraska early career faculty members compete successfully for a federal CAREER award. This program is funded by an NSF infrastructure grant to Nebraska EPSCoR. The FIRST Award grant is limited to $25,000 for the funding period with a 100% matching requirement. Nebraska EPSCoR anticipates awarding approximately six grants. Each grantee is required to submit a CAREER grant proposal to the National Science Foundation (NSF) during or immediately after the end of the award period.
Match requirement: An award amount is limited to $25,000 and requires a dollar-for-dollar, non-federal match (cash, such as start-up funds, or documented in-kind release from teaching). No Indirect Costs are allowed.
Duration: FIRST Awards will be granted for a period starting February 1, 2021, and ending November 30, 2021. Because the end date of NE EPSCoR funding from NSF will also be November 30, 2021, the FIRST Award funding period will be ten months and absolutely no no-cost extension will be allowed.
Pre-Proposals Deadline: 5:00 p.m., Monday August, 24, 2020
2021 Searle Scholars Program - NU Nominee Selection Process
The University of Nebraska (across all four campuses) has been invited to select one candidate to apply for the 2021 Searle Scholars Program Competition.
Applicants for the 2021 competition (awards which will be activated on July 1, 2021) are expected to be pursuing independent research careers in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences. Applicants should have begun their appointment as an independent investigator at the assistant professor level on or after July 1, 2019. The appointment must be their first tenure-track position (or its nearest equivalent) at an invited institution. Awardees receive $100,000 per year for three years.
DoD Chronic Pain Management Research Program FY20
The FY20 Defense Appropriations Act provides funding to the Department of Defense Chronic Pain Management Research Program (CPMRP) to support research of exceptional scientific merit with the potential to make a significant impact on improving the health and quality of life of Service members, Veterans, and all Americans living with chronic pain. Per the FY19 CPMRP Congressional appropriation, chronic pain is defined as a pain that occurs on at least half the days for six months or more, and which can be caused by issues including, but not limited to: combat- and training-related physical or mental stress and trauma, migraines and chronic headaches, traumatic brain injury, arthritis, muscular-skeletal conditions, neurological disease, tick and vector-borne disease, other insect-transmitted or tropical disease, and cancer. The CPMRP seeks to support and promote innovative, high-impact research to prevent the development and improve the management of chronic pain, with specific emphasis on the utilization and implementation of non-opioid therapies or non-addictive complementary methods.
American Scandinavian Foundation Translation Prize 2020 - DEADLINE EXTENDED
The American-Scandinavian Foundation's annual Translation Competition is currently open for outstanding translations of poetry, fiction, drama, or literary prose written by a Nordic author born after 1900. Three prizes will be awarded this year: the Nadia Christensen Prize, which includes a $2,500 award; the Leif and Inger Sjöberg Prize, which recognizes distinguished effort by an individual whose literary translations from a Nordic language have not previously been published, and includes a $2,000 award; and the Wigeland Prize, an award given for the best translation by a resident of Norway, which includes a $2,000 award. All three prizes also include publication of an excerpt in Scandinavian Review (ASF’s illustrated journal) and a commemorative bronze medallion.
The Translation Prize Competition deadline has been extended through September 1, 2020. See the full guidelines here.
DoD Neurotoxin Exposure Treatment Parkinson's Program FY20
The FY20 Defense Appropriation Act provides $16 million to the Department of Defense Neurotoxin Exposure Treatment Parkinson’s Program (NETP) to support research to better understand and treat the neuro-degenerative effects of Parkinson’s disease (PD) associated with military deployment, environmental, and/or occupational exposures. Research into military service-related risk factors is critical for past, present, and future Service members who may be affected PD. As directed by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, the Defense Health Agency J9, Research and Development Directorate manages the Defense Health Program (DHP) Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E) appropriation. The managing agent for the anticipated Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity is the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC).
Omaha Community Foundation
The Omaha Community Foundation is committed to investing in organizations who are working on the front lines and providing support for our community’s most vulnerable during this crisis. OCF launched the COVID-19 Response Fund to provide flexible resources to nonprofits in the metro area working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of this pandemic.
To learn more, you can access our nonprofit resources page for more information.
NIH RadX Funding Opportunity for COVID-19 Test Development & Distribution
The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) is urgently soliciting proposals and can provide up to $500M across multiple projects to rapidly produce innovative SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic tests that will assist the public’s safe return to normal activities. Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx), is a fast-track technology development program that leverages the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Point-of-Care Technology Research Network (POCTRN). RADx will support novel solutions that build the U.S. capacity for SARS-CoV-2 testing up to 100-fold above what is achievable with standard approaches. RADx is structured to deliver innovative testing strategies to the public as soon as late summer 2020 and is an accelerated and comprehensive multi-pronged effort by NIH to make SARS-CoV-2 testing readily available to every American.
NSF-BSF Joint Funding Programs
We would like to bring to your attention two new CALLS that we uploaded to our website, RAPID and EAGER. Both are not new programs but rather parallel funding mechanisms to the conventional mechanism that can be usually applied to in all areas of research. RAPID is a mechanism for one year support with a quick response by the NSF. It is mostly used currently to support VOVID-19 related work. EAGER is a mechanism for up to two years of support for high risk - high gain research, which is usually referred to as “Transformative Research”. We have added them as separate CALLS, even though they are actually also part of the regular CALLS, in order to increase their visibility, and encourage their use. For more information about this opportunity check our website: here.
FY20 Department of Defense Program Announcements
Breast Cancer Research Program
Breakthrough Award Levels 1 and 2
Breakthrough Award Level 3
Breakthrough Award Level 4
Era of Hope Scholar Award
Transformative Breast Cancer Consortium Award (New!)
Melanoma Research Program
Mid-Career Accelerator Award (New!)
Technology Development Partnership Award (New!)
Team Science Award
Translational Research Award
Multiple Sclerosis Research Program
Clinical Trial Award (New!)
Exploration-Hypothesis Development Award
Investigator-Initiated Research Award
Neurofibromatosis Research Program
Investigator-Initiated Research Award
Synergistic Idea Award (New! For FY20)
Detailed descriptions of funding opportunities, evaluation criteria, and submission requirements can be found in the specific Program Announcements. The Program Announcements are available electronically for downloading from the Grants.gov website
Nebraska Arts Council and Nebraska Humanities CARES Act
Currently, the Nebraska Arts Council (NAC) and Humanities Nebraska (HN) are in the process of setting up systems for allocating CARES Act funds to arts and humanities organizations of all sizes throughout Nebraska. Both councils intend to grant out 100% of the funds received from NEA and NEH in order to maximize the aid that is provided to cultural organizations in the state. The funding is intended for general operating support, not for specific programs or projects.
Both HN and NAC intend to have grantmaking processes and applications in place by the end of April and will be awarding grants within weeks. When finalized, information about CARES grants will be posted on the NAC website at www.artscouncil.nebraska.gov/grants and on the HN website at humanitiesnebraska.org/grants. The councils are also collaborating on a grant workshop webinar to answer questions from potential applicants.
DoD FY21 Defense University Instrumentation Program
The Department of Defense (via the Army Research Office, Naval Research Office, and Air Force Office of Scientific Research) is making funding available to Universities to provide equipment and instrumentation to enhance research related education in areas of interest and priority to the DoD. Proposals must address the impact of the equipment or instrumentation on your institution’s ability to educate students through research in disciplines important to DoD missions. View the full funding opportunity here.
NSF Convergence Accelerator Phase I and II Program Solicitation
The NSF Convergence Accelerator is pleased to announce the release of the 2020 NSF Convergence Accelerator Phase I and II Program Solicitation (NSF 20-565).
The NSF Convergence Accelerator promotes use-inspired, convergence research in areas of national importance via partnerships between academic and non-academic stakeholders. In this Phase I and Phase II solicitation NSF seeks to support and facilitate research that advances ideas from concept to deliverables in two overall convergence topics (tracks). The 2020 NSF Convergence Accelerator tracks are related to both Industries of the Future (IotF), and NSF’s Big Ideas.
Cognitive Neuroscience of Development and Aging (CONDA) Center
The CONDA Center has two new funding opportunities, one available to faculty members and one available to graduate students and postdocs. These funding opportunities are only available to faculty, graduate students, and postdocs at participating institutions (UNMC, UNO, Creighton, and Boystown).
The goal of the Pilot Projects Program is to provide support to emerging scholars in this area by enabling them to pursue promising new research directions and acquire the preliminary data necessary to apply for and obtain external federal funding. Successful applicants will receive up to $50,000 in direct costs per year for 1-2 years, as well as access to the resources and equipment of the Center for professional development and project support. We anticipate funding several Pilot Projects through this RFA in 2020-2021.
The goal of the Mini Grants Program is to provide support to promising research projects led by graduate students and post-doctoral research associates. The main goals of the program are to enhance graduate student and postdoctoral research projects across the Omaha academic community. Total budgets should range from $5,000 to a maximum of $20,000 and we anticipate funding several mini grants in 2020.
DoD Neurotoxin Exposure Treatment Parkinson's Program FY20
The FY20 Defense Appropriation Act provides $16 million to the Department of Defense Neurotoxin Exposure Treatment Parkinson’s Program (NETP) to support research to better understand and treat the neuro-degenerative effects of Parkinson’s disease (PD) associated with military deployment, environmental, and/or occupational exposures.
The NETP is providing the information in this pre-announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop applications. FY20 NETP Program Announcements and General Application Instructions for the following award mechanisms are anticipated to be posted on the Grants.gov website in April 2020. Pre-application and application deadlines will be available when the Program Announcements are released. This pre-announcement should not be construed as an obligation by the government.
DoD Lupus Research Program FY20
The FY20 Defense Appropriations Act provides funding to the Department of Defense Lupus Research Program (LRP) to support the full spectrum of research projects or ideas that specifically focus on scientific and clinical lupus issues, which, if successfully addressed, have the potential to make a major impact in lupus research.
The LRP is providing the information in this pre-announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop ideas for submission to the anticipated FY20 funding opportunity. This pre-announcement should not be construed as an obligation by the Government. The FY20 LRP Program Announcements and General Application Instructions for the following award mechanisms will be posted on the Grants.gov website. Pre-application and application deadlines will be available when the Program Announcements are released.
DoD Vision Research Program FY20
The FY20 Defense Appropriations Act provides funding to the Department of Defense Vision Research Program (VRP) to support impactful military-relevant vision research. The VRP is providing the information in this pre-announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop ideas for submission to the anticipated FY20 funding opportunity. This pre-announcement should not be construed as an obligation by the Government. The FY20 VRP Program Announcements and General Application Instructions for the following award mechanisms will be posted on the Grants.gov website. Pre-application and application deadlines will be available when the Program Announcements are released.
DoD Breast Cancer Research Program FY20
The FY20 Defense Appropriations Act provides funding to the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) to support innovative, high-impact research with clinical relevance that will accelerate progress to end breast cancer for Service members, Veterans, and the general public.
The BCRP is providing the information in this pre-announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop ideas for submission to the anticipated FY20 funding opportunity. This pre-announcement should not be construed as an obligation by the Government. The FY20 BCRP Program Announcements and General Application Instructions for the following award mechanisms will be posted on the Grants.gov website. Pre-application and application deadlines will be available when the Program Announcements are released.
DoD Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program FY20
The vision and mission of the PRMRP is improve the health, care, and well-being of all military Service members, Veterans, and beneficiaries by encouraging, identifying, selecting, and managing medical research projects of clear scientific merit and direct relevance to military health. View the full funding opportunity here.
Notice of Special Interest - Availability of Administrative Supplements and Revision supplements on Coronavirus Disease 2019
NIA is issuing this Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) to highlight the urgent need for research on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The mission of NIA is to support and conduct genetic, biological, clinical, behavioral, social, and economic research on aging. This NOSI supports mission critical areas of research for NIA as they relate to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Defense Health Program DoD Prostate Cancer Research Program FY20
The FY20 Defense Appropriations Act provides funding to the Department of Defense (DoD) Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP). The mission of the FY20 PCRP is to fund research that will lead to the elimination of death from prostate cancer and enhance the well-being of Service members, Veterans, and all the men and their families who are experiencing the impact of the disease. Within this context, the PCRP is interested in supporting research that addresses specific gaps in prostate cancer research and clinical care, with an emphasis on investing in research that will benefit patients diagnosed with lethal prostate cancer or improve quality of life for men diagnosed with this disease. All applications are required to address one or more of the following FY20 PCRP Overarching Challenges:
- Improve the quality of life for survivors of prostate cancer
- Develop treatments that improve outcomes for men with lethal prostate cancer. Applications must be directly relevant to lethal prostate cancer, which includes patients with metastatic disease; treatment-resistant disease; oligo-metastases; neuroendocrine disease; high-risk localized or locoregional disease, etc.
- Reduce lethal prostate cancer in people of African descent, Veterans, and high-risk or underserved populations. High-risk populations include, but are not limited to, people of African descent (including Caribbean Americans), genetically predisposed populations, Service members, and Veterans. Underserved populations include, but are not limited to, men with limited access to clinical care and resources (in both rural and urban settings), and sexual and/or gender minorities with, or at risk for, prostate cancer.
- Define the biology of lethal prostate cancer to reduce death. Applications must be directly relevant to lethal prostate cancer, which includes patients with metastatic disease; treatment-resistant disease; oligo-metastases; neuroendocrine disease; high-risk localized or locoregional disease; etc. Applications should not focus on topics such as differentiation between low risk and intermediate risk prostate cancer.
Medical CBRN Defense Consortium (MCDC) Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) Request for Information (RFI) - CoV Pandemic Response
The purpose of this special notice is to obtain information via White Papers from both MCDC members and other interested industry/academia partners in response to the novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) pandemic in the United States (U.S.). The Government is requesting White Papers with a focus on the following areas:
- Diagnostics/Monitoring: Medical diagnostic devices, with specific emphasis on Point-of-Care diagnostics (e.g. CLIA waived), under development and capable of diagnosing 2019- SARS-CoV-2, and achieving Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) within the next one to four (1-4) months.
- Surveillance: Surveillance methods and associated devices for 2019-SARS-CoV-2 screening. Any technology that can enhance the understanding of disease progression in COVID-19 infected patients is also of interest, including physiologic monitoring and other vital signs indicators, portable technology that enhances patient care in non-hospital settings, and technology that improves sample collection.
Submission end date: May 31, 2022
InfoEd Global's Funding Opportunities Related to COVID-19
InfoEd Global is proud to be able to share this library of COVID-19 funding opportunities and resources with our colleagues in the research realm and the broader community at large.
NIGMS will accept the submission of applications for Competitive Revisions to active grants to address only the following research areas of interest:
- Incorporation of data related to SARS-CoV-2 into ongoing research efforts to develop predictive models for the spread of SARS-CoV-2 and other related infectious agents (all relevant grants).
- Repurposing or modification of diagnostic tools currently under development to enable rapid detection of SARS-CoV-2 infection (SBIR/STTR grants only).
- Rapid development of potential therapeutic agents for COVID-19 (SBIR/STTR only).
COVID-19 High Performance Computing (HPC) Consortium
This consortium is a unique private-public effort to bring together federal government, industry, and academic leaders to execute complex computational research programs. Researchers are invited to submit COVID-19 related research proposals to the consortium via this online portal, which will then be reviewed for matching with computing resources from one of the partner institutions. An expert panel comprised of top scientists and computing researchers will work with proposers to assess the public health benefit of the work, with emphasis on projects that can ensure rapid results.