Announcements and Events
Grant Writing Workshop
UNO's ORCA and UNMC's Great Plains IDeA CTR collaborated to host Paul Casella's Grant Writing Workshop. Paul Casella is a writer, teacher, editor and producer. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Since 1988 Paul has worked with health professionals to improve the clarity and effectiveness of their manuscripts for publication, formal presentations, grant applications, slides, posters, videos, and other media for scientific purposes.
This workshop will focus on:
- Writing for publication
- Writing effective NIH proposals
- Speaking for Success: strategies for effective medical and scientific presentations
UNL System Contracting with Industry
UNL Industry Relations is hosting a free webinar, UNL System Contracting with Industry. Taught by Elaine Brock, former head of Sponsored Programs at University of Michigan, a founder and prinicple of C3 Authority, and a UIDP fellow. This webinar will run 4 hours on Wednesday, May 19th from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Please contact Ryan Anderson, email@example.com, to access the webinar.
NuRamp Training Sessions
NuRamp (formerly MavGrants) training sessions are now hosted via Zoom. Register here for one of our spring training dates!
- January 27, 11am-Noon
- February 24, 11am-Noon
- March 31, 11am-Noon
- April 28, 11am-Noon
Contact Katy Vitale to schedule a NuRamp/MavGrants training session.
Introduction to UNO's Funding Databases
- January 27, 1-2pm
- February 24, 1-2pm
- March 31, 1-2pm
- April 28, 1-2pm
Request an individual training by contacting Katy Vitale.
IRB Training Sessions
Please contact the IRB to request an educational training session.
Department of Justice Self-Guided Training Resources
Training materials include self-guided eLearning videos, which are supplemented by job aid reference guides and infographics that provide further clarification, definitions or visual representations of unique systems processes or information. Learn more on the DOJ website.
National Funding Foundation Professional Grant Proposal Writing Workshop
The National Funding Foundation is hosting a workshop explaining the process, structure, and skill of professional proposal writing. This course is characterized by its ability to act as a thorough overview, introduction, and refresher at the same time. Register here.
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.
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.
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.