External Funding Opportunities
Collaboration Initiative - Save the Date: Thursday, October 28, 9:15am - 3:30pm
The primary purpose of the Collaboration Initiative is to enhance the competitiveness of University of Nebraska faculty for extramural funding by fully leveraging intellectual capacity and research resources across the campuses. This year's Request for Applications (RFA) will solicit proposals from multi-campus multidisciplinary teams. Faculty in all disciplines are encouraged to apply; projects are intended to build towards a competitive extramural funding application.
Principal Investigators must attend the Collaboration Initiative Retreat to be eligible for funding from this program. Registration will open on September 16. The Request for Applications (RFA) will also be available on September 16. (Registration will close on October 14.)
- Team Formation and Publication Grant - One year, up to $7,500, each
- Preliminary Data and Application Preparation Grant - One year, up to $40,000, each
- Team Seed Grant - Two years, up to $150,000, each
Nebraska Arts Council - School Bus for the Arts Grants
The School Bus for the Arts Program provides grants for PK-12 students to underwrite the cost of field trips to attend professional arts events such as concerts, dance or theatre performances and cultural exhibits at museums or other venues. Field trips may also include learning opportunities such as theatre workshops led by professional artists; there must be an arts component to the field trip. Allowable expenses include transportation, admission fees, and associated workshop fees, if applicable.
Priority will be given to schools and communities that lack access to arts or cultural programs due to geography, economic conditions, ethnic background or disability. Funds are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis until all available funds are awarded.
This is a reimbursement grant program. NEW Grant Amount Limits starting 2021-2022 school year. A school or organization may submit one or more applications per year as long as the maximum amount listed here is not exceeded within the same school year.
Deadline for applications is at least 4 weeks prior to the event date. The program will close once all funds have been awarded.
NASA Nebraska EPSCoR Statewide Competition
NASA Nebraska EPSCoR is pleased to announce its Call for Proposals for this year’s NASA EPSCoR program. The purpose of this statewide competition is to select the top proposal from across Nebraska. The selected proposal will be submitted to the national competition on behalf of NASA Nebraska EPSCoR. The NASA Nebraska EPSCoR program is initiating this competition at the state level to evaluate the proposal to be submitted upon NASA’s official announcement of the national competition. NASA Nebraska EPSCoR will only consider proposals from this competition to be eligible in the national NASA EPSCoR competition upon release of a solicitation.
The purpose of the NASA EPSCoR program is to establish partnerships with government, higher education, and industry that are designed to effect lasting improvements in a state’s or region’s research infrastructure, R&D capacity and hence, its national R&D competitiveness. In addition to the research and technology development, the awards enable faculty development and higher education student support.
Required Letters of Intent are due September 16, 2021 and Full Proposals are due on October 7, 2021. Proposals must be submitted through the NASA Nebraska InfoReady system where more information may be found about the competition. If you have any questions about this year's competition, please contact Nasa.Nebraska@unomaha.edu or 402-554-3772.
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.
Faculty and full-time research staff at all institutions of higher education in Nebraska are eligible for NASA EPSCoR research funds. We anticipate making 5 awards at the $15,000 funding level and 3 awards at the $5,000 funding level.
Proposals Due: September 22, 2021 (5:00 pm Central time). The submission system does not allow submissions after this time. Anticipated Funding Period: November 1, 2021 - July 31, 2022
The NASA Nebraska Space Grant staff members are available to answer questions about the application process, allowable budget items, cost share, etc. Please contact us at Nasa.Nebraska@unomaha.edu or (402) 554-3772.
NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Towards an Equitable National Cyberinfrastructure
The National Science Foundation (NSF), through its Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CC*) program (NSF 21-528), invests in coordinated campus-level networking and cyberinfrastructure improvements, innovation, integration, and engineering for science and engineering applications and distributed research projects. The purpose of this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) is to encourage proposal submissions to CC* for projects that will help overcome disparities in cyber-connectivity associated with geographic location, and thereby enable the populations based in these locales to become more nationally competitive in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) research and education. This effort represents a partnership between NSF's Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) and the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) within the Office of Integrative Activities (OIA).
This DCL does not constitute a new competition nor a new program. Rather, interested proposers should prepare and submit proposals in accordance with the instructions in the Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CC*) program solicitation (NSF 21-528) and the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG). Proposals responding to this DCL should be submitted to the October 11, 2021, deadline for CC* to be considered for funding. Proposals submitted in response to this DCL may focus on any of the five current CC* program areas.
RFP: Nebraska Small College Teaching/Research Equipment
Nebraska EPSCoR seeks proposals (one per eligible institution) for shared-use equipment and instrumentation to enhance teaching and/or research training at Nebaska's small public and private colleges and universities through a Teaching and Research Equipment (TRE) program.
The equipment request must not exceed $50,000 total and must include a 20% institutional match, with the rest of the cost funded by Nebraska EPSCoR. This TRE opportunity is for Nebraska's small colleges or universities that offer a degree in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics ("STEM") area, and with annual institutional research expenditures of less than $8 million.
For more information, please visit epscor.nebraska.edu/proposals; if you have further questions, call the Nebraska EPSCoR office at (402) 472-8946. The TRE program application submittal deadline is 5 p.m. CDT on Oct. 15, 2021.
ASF Fellowships and Grants
The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) is accepting applications for Fellowships & Grants for Americans to Study in Scandinavia during the 2022-23 academic year now through November 1!
ASF offers both year-long fellowships of up to $23,000 and short-term (1-3 month) grants of up to $5,000 to graduate students (preferably dissertation-related) and academic professionals interested in pursuing research or creative arts projects in the Nordic region. Awards are made in all fields.
Please click here for additional information.
Application deadline: November 1, 2021
RFP: Young Nebraska Scientists (YNS) Summer Camps
EPSCoR would like your help developing new summer camps as part of our Young Nebraska Scientists (YNS) program. We are looking for fun ideas that will allow middle and high school students to experience science. Any STEM related topic is welcome. Faculty from outside core STEM fields such as business, sociology, art, history, and education are encouraged to submit proposals as well. The only requirement is the proposed camp should include strong STEM components. The full program description can be found in the request for proposals (RFP).
Deadline: Monday, November 15, 2021
NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRP) Application Cycle Opens on September 1
The NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) are a set of programs established by Congress and designed to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals into biomedical or biobehavioral research careers. The escalating costs of advanced education and training in medicine and clinical specialties are forcing some scientists to abandon their research careers for higher-paying private industry or private practice careers.
The LRPs counteract that financial pressure by repaying up to $100,000 annually of a researcher's qualified educational debt in return for a commitment to engage in NIH mission-relevant research. Since tomorrow's medical breakthroughs will be made by investigators starting in their research careers today, the LRPs represent an important investment by NIH in the future of health discovery and the wellbeing of the Nation.
Applications are due by November 18, 2021
RFP: McKnight Technology 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 letters of intent for the 2022 McKnight Technological Innovations in Neuroscience awards. Click here to learn more.
LOIs are due on December 6, 2021.
RFA: McKnight Technology 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 2022 McKnight Scholar Awards. Click here to learn more.
Applications are due January 10, 2022
RWJF Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health
Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health seeks proposals that are primed to influence health equity in the future. We are interested in ideas that address any of these four areas of focus: Future of Evidence; Future of Social Interaction; Future of Food; Future of Work. Additionally, we welcome ideas that might fall outside of these four focus areas, but which offer unique approaches to advancing health equity and our progress toward a Culture of Health.
We want to hear from scientists, anthropologists, artists, urban planners, community leaders—anyone, anywhere who has a new or unconventional idea that could alter the trajectory of health and improve health equity and well-being for generations to come. The changes we seek require diverse perspectives and cannot be accomplished by any one person, organization or sector.
Applications are accepted on a rolling deadline.
RWJF Evidence for Action
Evidence for Action (E4A), a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), funds research that expands the evidence needed to build a Culture of Health. A Culture of Health is broadly defined as one in which good health and well-being flourish across geographic, demographic, and social sectors; public and private decision-making is guided by the goal of fostering equitable communities, and everyone has the opportunity to make choices that lead to healthy lifestyles.
RWJF’s Culture of Health Action Framework, which was developed to catalyze a national movement toward improved health, well-being, and equity, guides E4A’s program strategy.
Applications are accepted on a rolling deadline.
Nebraska Academic Research and Development Grant
This program offers Nebraska businesses a matching competitive grant for research and development activities done in conjunction with a Nebraska college or university. Eligible matching funds include any non-state source such as private foundations, federal or local governments, quasi-governmental entities, commercial lending institutions, investors, or other sources provided they are not using funds appropriated by the Nebraska Legislature.
Any for-profit business that has physical operations facilities in Nebraska will be considered for Academic R&D funding. Projects are defined by the scope of work and the reasonable costs associated with the academic research and development activities undertaken by a business in cooperation with a Nebraska college, university, or faculty member. They’ll research to develop new products and processes and make modifications to existing products.
Learn more about the Nebraska Academic Research and Development Grant
Applications are accepted on a rolling deadline.
NASA Nebraska Space Grant Fellowship and Mini-Grant Competition
NASA is interested in the development of the future workforce for the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. The NASA Nebraska Space Grant competitive fellowships are awarded to students with academic achievement and demonstrated interest in STEM careers. The fellowships require engagement in STEM fields and therefore are not traditional scholarships. Students must propose a workforce development activity, research project, internship, or similar project for the fellowship. Click here for more information on NASA Fellowships.
These grants provide Nebraska faculty researchers with support for aerospace-related research to build ties with NASA scientists and conduct research important to NASA. The grants aim to elevate the aerospace-related research conducted in Nebraska for infrastructure building and workforce development opportunities.
Learn more about the Research Mini-Grants, including the link to the application system and budget forms.
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
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