Current Funding Opportunities
UNO Work Study Student Research Program
The Office of Research and Creative Activity, by leveraging Federal Work Study funds, has developed the UNO Work Study Student Research Program aimed to expand student research opportunities. The program will fund work-study eligible students to work on a faculty member’s research and/or creative activities.
Rural Fellows Program
The Rural Fellows program, previously coordinated by the Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska, is now part of Rural Prosperity Nebraska, a new initiative at the University focused on helping Nebraska’s rural communities thrive.
The University of Nebraska’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources is offering $100,000 in grants for communities that participate in the 2021 Rural Fellows Program. Read about this opportunity here.
NSRI Independent Research and Development FY2021
This call is open to University of Nebraska constituents only. The IRAD focuses on science, technology and engineering investments that will develop skills, capabilities and systems relevant for future customer engagement opportunities. This initial call will consider both Strategic Investment proposals, those that are considered “high-risk” R&D in support of capability and program development, as well as Tactical Investment proposals that will “bridge the gap” between existing research and customer needs.
Artificial Intelligence Molecular Screens (AIMS) Awards
The goal of this program is to broaden the pool of scientists pursuing drug discovery. To advance this goal, Atomwise will award researchers with a customized virtual screen using cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology, approximately 72 chemical compounds for physical screening, and technical support from medicinal chemists and computational biologists.
NSF EPSCoR Track-2
Track-2 FEC (Focused EPSCoR Collaborations) awards from the National Science Foundation EPSCoR program foster collaborations between EPSCoR states in research and workforce development. In the upcoming cycle, the theme for projects focuses on Advancing research towards Industries of the Future to ensure economic growth for EPSCoR jurisdictions. Each proposal must have at least one collaborator from an academic institution or organization in a different RII-eligible EPSCoR jurisdiction as a co-Principal Investigator (co-PI). An eligible campus/researcher can be part of any number of submissions, but can lead only one submission (larger campuses my conduct selection processes for the latter); consult your campus research or sponsored programs office.
Letter of Intent (required) due 5:00 PM, December 18, 2020. Full proposal due 5:00 PM, January 25, 2021.
NE Cancer & Smoking Disease Research Program (LB 506) Now Accepting Applications for FY 2022
Applications for FY2022 Grant funding will be accepted by the NE Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) between November 16, 2020 and January 19, 2021. View application details here.
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) EPSCoR announced a funding opportunity for new and renewal implementation grants under its Established Programs to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program. Up to $24 million may be available for FY21 selected recipients. More info is available in this solicitation.
Preliminary applications are due by 5:00 PM, December 15, 2020. Final applications are due 11:59 PM, March 2, 2021.
FY20 NASA Nebraska EPSCoR Research Mini-Grant Competition
There are two goals of the EPSCoR Research Mini-grant program: 1) To elevate the aerospace-related research being conducted in Nebraska for future infrastructure building and workforce development opportunities; and 2) To result in future proposals to NASA and/or other federal, state, or private organizations for funding. Note: These Mini-Grants are different than the NASA Nebraska Space Grant Research Mini-Grant program.
Proposals Due: December 4, 2020, 5:00 PM Central Time. The submission system will not allow submissions after this time. View complete details and apply here.
2020 Collaboration Initiative Retreat and RFA
The 2020-2021 Request for Applications (RFA) solicits applications from multi-campus, multidisciplinary teams that help position them to compete for extramural funding. Topics will not be predefined, but applications must be designed to strengthen the team's future competitiveness for extramural funding. The following grants will be available:
- Team Formation and Publication Grants: One-year grants, of up to $7,500 each, to build new research collaborations across University of Nebraska campuses.
- Preliminary Data and Application Preparation: 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.
Great Plains IDeA-CTR Funding Announcement
The Pilot Projects Program of the Great Plains IDeA-CTR Network is excited to announce 4 new funding opportunities for the July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022 funding year. Funding areas are as follows:
- Team Development Pilot - $25,000 for one year to support new team collaborations in clinical and translational research (CTR). No LOI required. Full submission due date is November 9th, 2020.
- Team Research Pilot - $50,000 for one year to support existing clinical and translational research (CTR) teams/projects. LOI required.
- Tech Transfer Pilot - $50,000 for one year to support translation of intellectual property. LOI required.
- Heart and Vascular Pilot - $50,000 for one year (through the Center for Heart and Vascular Research (CHVR) - only UNMC faculty are eligible for this award.) LOI required.
RWJF Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health
This funding welcomes proposals that are primed to influence health equity in the future. The ideas should address any of RWJF’s Pioneer team’s four current areas of focus:1) Future of Evidence; 2) Future of Social Interaction; 3) Future of Food; and 4) Future of Work. Additionally, under Open Exploration, this call for proposals seeks ideas that might fall outside of these four focus areas but which offer unique approaches to advancing health equity and progress toward a Culture of Health. Applications may be submitted on a rolling basis. View the full call for proposal here.
Great Plains IDeA-CTR COVID Research Pilot Grant
The Great Plains IDeA-CTR Network is accepting applications for COVID-19 related Pilot funding through an NIH/NIGMS grant. Successful applicants will receive up to $50,000 in direct costs for a project that can be completed by June 30, 2021. Earliest starting date will be as soon as possible, pending committee and NIH approvals. The applications will be assessed on a first-come, first-serve basis. View the RFA here.
Great Plains IDeA-CTR Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design
The Great Plains IDeA-CTR Network is pleased to announce an opportunity for Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design Methodology Pilot funding through an NIH/NIGMS grant. Successful applicants will receive up to $30,000 in direct costs for a one-year project, as well as access to resources of the Great Plains IDeA-CTR to support their research efforts. The deadline for applications is 5 PM, November 30, 2020.
Great Plains IDeA-CTR Community-Academic Partnership Program
The goal of this funding program is to achieve community impact and advance science through partnerships between community organizations and Clinical and Translational Research (CTR) investigators. Proposals that are responsive to this call will include community partners as active collaborators across the span of idea generation, proposal development, study implementation, analysis and interpretation of the results, and development of future directions—for both research and community impact. This will produce research that is relevant to communities, resolves local needs, and is generalizable to other community or clinical settings. View the two funding awards available through this program in the full RFA. The deadline for these applications is 5 PM, January 31, 2021.
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) Young Faculty Award (YFA) Program
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award (YFA) program aims to identify and engage rising stars in junior faculty positions in academia and equivalent positions at non-profit research institutions and expose them to Department of Defense (DoD) and National Security challenges and needs. In particular, YFA will provide high-impact funding to elite researchers early in their careers to develop innovative new research directions in the context of enabling transformative DoD capabilities. The long-term goal of the program is to develop the next generation of scientists and engineers in the research community who will focus a significant portion of their future careers on DoD and National Security issues. DARPA is particularly interested in identifying outstanding researchers who have previously not been performers on DARPA programs, but the program is open to all qualified applicants with innovative research ideas.
Sustainable Regional Systems Research Networks (SRS RNs)
The goal of this solicitation is to fund convergent research and education that will advance sustainable regional systems science, engineering, and education to facilitate the transformation of current regional systems to enhance sustainability. To further the advancement of SRS science, engineering, and education, NSF will support Full Scale proposals and Planning Grant proposals for Sustainable Regional Systems Research Networks. Deadline is January 11, 2021. More information can be found here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).