Current Funding Opportunities
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships
NEH Fellowships are competitive awards granted to individual scholars pursuing projects that embody exceptional research, rigorous analysis, and clear writing. Applications must clearly articulate a project’s value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Fellowships provide recipients time to conduct research or to produce books, monographs, peer-reviewed articles, e-books, digital materials, translations with annotations or a critical apparatus, or critical editions resulting from previous research. Projects may be at any stage of development.
NEH invites research applications from scholars in all disciplines, and it encourages submissions from independent scholars and junior scholars. Applications are due April 14, 2021.
Applicants interested in research projects that are either born digital or require mainly digital expression and digital publication are encouraged to apply instead for NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication. Applications for the NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication are due April 28, 2021.
Buffett Early Childhood Institute Graduate Scholars RFP
The Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska is accepting applications from advanced doctoral students representing diverse fields within the university system for 1-year fellowships worth up to $25,000. The program is designed to foster the growth of diverse, exceptional graduate students conducting research about young children and their families, with particular attention to children placed at risk as a consequence of poverty and social and environmental circumstances. It is the first financial support program for doctoral students who have reached Ph.D. candidacy at the University of Nebraska that focuses on young children and their development.
Applications are now open for 2021-22 and will be accepted through March 31. Fellowship recipients will be notified by the end of June.
NSF Understanding the Rules of Life: Emergent Networks
The Understanding the Rules of Life: Predicting Phenotype "Big Idea" is based on developing a predictive understanding of how key properties of living systems emerge from interactions of factors such as genomes, phenotypes, and evolving environments. This activity has launched a series of new research programs designed to elucidate "minimal rules" (building a synthetic cell), "rules of complexity" (epigenetics), and "rules of interaction" (microbiome). Applications are due Mary 10, 2021. A list of Understanding the Rules of Life awards made thus far can be found on the NSF Awards Search.
National Institutes of Health RFA's
R21 Clinical Trial - Small Grants for New Investigators to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research: The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to provide support for New Investigators: (1) from diverse backgrounds, including from groups nationally underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research to conduct small research projects in the scientific mission areas of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) and (2) who at the time of award under this FOA will have/have had less than $125,000 direct cost of combined research funding (excluding NIH training and NIH career awards). This R21 will support small research projects that can be carried out in a short period of time with limited resources and seeks to facilitate the transition to research independence of diverse New Investigators. The R21 grant mechanism supports different types of projects including pilot and feasibility studies; secondary analysis of existing data; small, self-contained research projects; development of research methodology; and development of new research technology. The application deadline has been extended to June 16, 2021.
P-50 Clinical Trail - This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications for research centers to support integrated programs of high-impact, practice-based research with near-term potential to address NIMH suicide prevention priorities and help achieve the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention goals of reducing the rate of suicide in the US. The Centers are intended to support transdisciplinary teams of clinical and mental health services researchers, behavioral/social scientists, health information and communications technologists, health systems engineers, decision scientists, and mental health stakeholders (e.g., service users, family members, clinicians, payers) engaged in transdisciplinary programs of research that could not be achieved using standard research project grant mechanisms. Application due date June 18, 2021. Letter of intent due 30 days prior to application due date.
Department of Defense FY21 Pre-Announcements
The Department of Defense has released these FY21 pre-announcements:
- Idea Award
- Research Advancement Award
- Clinical Evaluation Award
- Therapeutic/Biomarker Trial Award
- New Investigator Award
- Concept Award
- Career Development Award
- Idea Development Award
- Investigator-Initiatied Translational Research Award
- Clinical Translational Research Partnership Award
- Clinical Trial Award
- Clinical Trials Consortium Award (NEW for FY21)
- Early Investigator Research Award
- Exploration - Hypothesis Development Award
- Investigator-Initiated Research Award
- New Investigator Award
- Synergistic Idea Award
Tick-Borne Disease Research Program (TBDRP) should be relevant to one of the following areas:
- Clinical Trial Award
- Discovery Award
- Focused Program Award
- Technology/Therapeutic Development Award
- Applied Research Award
- Clinical Translational Research AWard
- Clinical Trial Award
Designing Accountable Software Systems
Proposals for this program must create general advances in both (1) understanding the social, behavioral, economic and/or legal context of software design; and (2) improving the methodology for designing accountable software beyond specific use cases. Each proposal must have at least one Principal Investigator (PI) or co-PI with expertise in software design and at least one PI with expertise in law or a social, behavioral, or economic science. All proposals must contain a detailed collaboration plan that leverages the complementary expertise of the PIs/co-PIs in the designated areas and describes the mechanisms for continuous bi-directional collaboration. Projects are limited to $750,000 in total budget, with durations of up to three years.
Closing dates for applications: April 19, 2021
Bridging the Word Gap Research Network (BWG)
This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding for the Bridging the Word Gap Research Network (BWG). Previous research has found that on average, by age three, children from low-income families knew less than half of the amount of words compared to children from more economically advantaged families (i.e., 500 words versus 1100 words).1 This word gap negatively impacts early language learning, educational attainment, health care-seeking, and socioeconomic outcomes in later years. The purpose of this program is to establish and maintain a national, multi-site, collaborative Research Network to develop, test, and promote effective interventions for supporting the enrichment of the early home learning environments of children from underserved2 families for whom there are limited interventions or existing interventions are ineffective.
Closing dates for applications: April 22, 2021
Institutional Training Programs to Advance Translational Research on Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and AD-Related Dementias (T32)
The specific purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to promote the development of a diverse, interdisciplinary workforce needed to conduct translational research on Alzheimer's disease and Alzheimer's-related dementias from target discovery through clinical development. This FOA will support institutional training programs for predoctoral and postdoctoral level researchers with diverse educational backgrounds (i.e., basic biology, translational and clinical research, data science). The program invites eligible institutions to develop interdisciplinary training programs that will provide trainees with the knowledge and skills in data science, disease biology, behavioral research, and traditional and emerging drug discovery disciplines necessary to conduct rigorous and cutting-edge basic, translational, and clinical research for AD/ADRD.
Closing dates for applications: September 25, 2023
COBRE Pilot Projects
The NIH Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) awards provide funds for research infrastructure and pilot grants for investigators. The COBRE award to the University of Nebraska Omaha targets the investigation of the mechanisms of human movement variability in order to treat and prevent motor related disorders. Such investigation is multidisciplinary in nature encompassing biological and behavioral sciences, mathematics, engineering, computer science, virtual reality, physics, biotechnology, and several others. The goal of the Pilot Project mechanism is to enhance the development of the research for a NIH New Investigator by providing support for research, the instrumentation necessary for cutting-edge biomedical research, supplies, and other associated expenses. The result from the development of this research infrastructure will be to provide opportunities for collaboration and to become involved in the biomedical research projects supported by the Center. The COBRE pilot research projects allow an investigator to develop more substantial independent external support from the NIH. Projects will be funded August 1, 2021 through July 31, 2022.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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