Announcements and Events
Nebraska Introduction to Customer Discovery (N-ICD) Fall 2020 Cohort
If you are not familiar with Customer Discovery, this is a process that is used by innovators and entrepreneurs around the world to validate their business assumptions. Developed by Steve Blank at Stanford University, this customer-centric, scientific process enables innovators to effectively delve into the minds of their customers and identify the KEY benefits and features that the customers require from a solution in order to adopt the innovation. This is open to anyone.
Nebraska Introduction to Customer Discovery (N-ICD) program is now taking registrations for the fall cohort, which kicks off later this month. The program dates are as follows (all sessions to be held virtually):
• Kick-off: Tuesday, September 29th (4:00 to 7:00 p.m.)
• Midpoint: Monday, October 19th (4:00 to 7:00 p.m.)
• Finale: Wednesday, November 11th (4:00 to 7:00 p.m).
More information can be found at the RSVP link. NSRI is proud to be a co-host for the event. Traci Hancock will be one of the facilitators and mentors for this program.
From the Sources Mouth: Learn from SBIR/STTR Program Managers
"From the Sources Mouth”, features insights into SBIR/STTR agency specifics. Join Nine SBIR program managers and hear their focus and inside tips on success within that agency. Attendees will learn agency specifics and can ask questions, with the option to sign-up for one-on-one appointments with federal officers from NIH, DoE, USDA, NFS, NIAID, DoD, ARMY/DHA, NASA and MORE! This training is ideal for attendees already aware of the SBIR/STTR program basics and looking to submit proposals into a represented granting agency.
This training is free, and ideal for attendees already aware of the SBIR/STTR program basics and looking to submit proposals into a represented granting agency. The training is scheduled for September 16, 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM CDT. Register here.
Douglas County CARES Act Programs
The Douglas County CARES Act Programs that are available to provide support to nonprofits in Douglas County with expenses due to the coronavirus health epidemic. $20 million in total funding is available, with $10 million allocated for Arts, Culture, and Entertainment, and $10 million allocated for Community Services. The application deadline is Tuesday, September 23 at 11:59 p.m. with all applications being accepted here.
Click the links below to learn more about the Douglas County CARES Act Programs:
The Omaha Community Foundation will also be hosting webinars to support nonprofits through the grant application process. Dates include:
Technology Transfer Days Prep
The National Strategic Research Institute (NSRI) at the University of Nebraska has partnered with the Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) to give our university partners the opportunity to share their innovations and ideas with tech scouts from the Department of Defense (DOD) and other federal agencies on Sept. 9-10, 2020.
Traci Hancock, NSRI deputy director of strategic engagement and innovation, is available for 1:1 consultation to answer questions and help researchers align their capabilities and concepts with DOD needs. This event is specifically focused on technology that can support U.S. warfighters. Participation options will include:
- Poster presentations for nascent and less-mature concepts (TRL 3-5)
- Pitch session for those that have near-term deployable solutions (TRL >6)
Get Started Now!
- Identify your Technology Readiness Level Assessment to get started.
- Complete this sign up form, which populates the documents you will need in order to register to pitch.
- Review the resources available on the NBDC website, which includes preparatory workshops and on-demand recordings of past sessions.
UNMC's Annual Hot Topics in the Protection of Human Subjects Conference
The conference will be held in the spring of 2021 instead of this fall. However, a webinar, directed at regional institutions will be held September 25, 2020. More information to follow.
NuRamp Training Sessions
NuRamp (formerly MavGrants) training sessions are now hosted via Zoom. The fall training dates are listed below. Please register here to attend.
- September 3, 11:00 AM - Noon
- October 1, 11:00 AM - Noon
- November 5, 11:00 AM - Noon
- December 3, 11:00 AM - Noon
Contact Katy Vitale to schedule a NuRamp/MavGrants training session.
Introduction to UNO's Funding Databases
The sessions will begin with a brief introduction to funding databases such as GrantForward.com and Foundation Directory Online. The remaining time can be used by attendees to search those databases, receive guided assistance in their search process, and ask questions of ORCA personnel. These meetings are now hosted via Zoom. The fall training sessions are listed below. Please register here to attend.
- September 3, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
- October 1, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
- November 5, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
- December 3, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Request an individual training by contacting Katy Vitale.
STEM Trail Center Grant Writing Workshop Series
The STEM Trail Center is hosting a multitude of workshops with ORCA guest presenters this year. Please follow the links below for more information on each session.
- September 25 - How to Find Funding
- October 30 - Resources for Faculty Research
- January 29 - Compliance and Human Subjects/IRB
Faculty Research Orientation
The Office of Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) hosted its Faculty Research Orientation, March 17, 1-2:30, via Zoom. This was an informative session about on-campus research resources detailing how UNO users can best interact with ORCA. The orientation will provide recent hires with core information and support contacts they need to launch their research and collaboration efforts at UNO. While the orientation is aimed at new hires, we encourage all levels of faculty to attend to better understand how ORCA can support your needs.
Watch the Orientation here.
NSF Broader Impacts 101
Would you like a deeper understanding of NSF’s Broader Impacts (BI) criterion? Would you like tips and strategies for addressing the BI criterion in more compelling (and, hopefully, more fundable) ways?
The NSF-funded Center for Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS) is the national leader in supporting BI professionals and providing BI training for researchers and grantwriters. Our “BI 101” workshop has helped thousands of people make sense of the BI criterion and empowered them to approach their grantwriting with more clarity and confidence, and we are now offering this time-tested workshop as a 2-hour webinar.
This activity-based workshop will cover the history of the BI criterion, provide strategies for conceptualizing, developing, implementing and evaluating BI activities, and share tips on leveraging existing resources and establishing robust partnerships to build your “BI identity.”
BI 101 is offered monthly via live webinars using Zoom. Future sessions are:
- Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2-4 p.m. CT
- Wednesday, Sept. 2, 12-2 p.m. CT
- Wednesday, Oct. 1, 12-2 p.m. CT
- Wednesday, Nov. 4, 1-3 p.m. CT
- Thursday, Dec. 3, 2-4 p.m. CT
Visit ARIS to register for a webinar!
Research Management and Professional Development Group
The Office of Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) invites you to attend our Research Management and Professional Development meetings. The Research Management and Professional Development group welcomes all faculty and staff who participate in research across campus, whether pre-award or post-award, to attend its monthly meetings. Participants are not required to attend every month, but are encouraged to attend topics that will apply to their role in the research process.
Registration is requested to allow ORCA to prepare for all attendees, but last minute attendees are welcome. Please contact Katy Vitale if you are interested in this opportunity, but cannot attend one of the sessions.
Consent Form Readability Standards
In response to Common Rule requirements, beginning October 31, 2019, consent forms must satisfy minimum readability standards; specifically, the Flesch Kincaid reading level and Flesch Reading Ease. Please see more about readability standards and how to get started or contact the Office of Research and Creative Activity with questions.
In accordance with Health and Human Services Regulations for Protection of Human Subjects (45 CFR 46), an Institutional Review Board (IRB) composed of members from a variety of scientific disciplines and individuals from the community, assists investigators in the protection of the rights and welfare of human subjects. The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) IRB was established to assure the protection of all human subjects in research projects conducted by anyone on the premises of UNMC, Nebraska Medicine, Nebraska Medicine - Bellevue, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center (CH&MC), and the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). In addition, the IRB has oversight for all research that is conducted elsewhere by faculty, students, staff, or other representatives of these institutions.
The IRB also serves to facilitate valuable human subject research, as well as, protect the investigator and the institutions through a comprehensive review process. All human subject research projects must be reviewed and approved by the IRB prior to initiation and then conducted in full compliance with the federal regulations and institutional policies.
The GP IDeA-CTR is pleased to offer Research Studios for early career investigators, to help refine their research. We recently updated the format to better meet individual needs. Those interested in submitting requests can choose from one of the following options:
- (1) review of an aims page with brief proposed methods
- (2) grant review before submission (simulated mock NIH review)
- (3) brainstorming session for investigators who have hit a funding roadblock
In general, our goals are intended to enhance research quality, improve funding success, foster networking, and facilitate development of multi-disciplinary teams.
If you would like to participate in a studio, we will help assemble a multidisciplinary team (approximately 4-6 experts) and set up one, 60-90 minute session. Depending on your request (aims page review, mock review or brainstorming) you will be asked to provide written information for review (see below). Please note that we can set up remote meetings through video conferencing, if necessary.
The goal of the Research Studios is to support the professional development of faculty who are assistant or associate professors. With suggestions from the trainee, relevant experts are identified to provide feedback on strengths, weaknesses, challenges and opportunities of the trainee’s research. Such consultation will not only advance the research and scholarship agendas of these faculty, it will also help expand their professional networks. The studios provide a chance to bring a more senior scholar or scholars from local and outside universities to participate in this opportunity. A key objective of the studio is to offer this support at a critical time in the faculty member’s career.
- Faculty from participating institutions who are not full professors (with preference to assistant and associate professors). Priority will be given to individuals who have unsuccessfully applied for prior Great Plains IDeA-CTR funding (Scholar or Pilot program applications).
- Previous or current Scholar/Pilot awardees are not eligible.
- Other applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Fill out the request form through the link below and attach your proposal and biosketch to be reviewed.
Documents Required for Studio Options
Please select from the following option that best meets your needs for the studio (1, 2, or 3).
- Aims page review and refinement. Submit aims page (1 page) with brief proposed methods (1 -2 pages if drafted and you want feedback).
- Mock review of grant application. Submit Aims page plus a 6-page research strategy (that addresses Significance, Innovation, and Approach – design, sample, variables/measures, procedure, and data analysis sections) for review 4 weeks prior to grant submission deadline. No appendices please.
- Brainstorming Session, particularly for individuals that have hit a funding roadblock. Submit previous short narrative describing the status of grant submissions and what you want the reviewers to focus on. Include summary sheet(s) with proposal(s) for discussion.
For additional information or to set up a studio, please contact the Great Plains IDeA-CTR office at 402-552-2260 or firstname.lastname@example.org.