Internal Funding Opportunities
University Committee on Research and Creative Activity fosters the development of regionally and nationally competitive research, promotes the application for external funding through startup and seed-money grants, and encourages a strong and diverse research commitment as an inseparable companion to the University's instructional program.
Work-Study Student Researcher Program
By leveraging Federal Work-Study funds, ORCA has developed the UNO Work-Study Student Research Program, aimed at expanding student research opportunities. This program is intended to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in research activities. Individuals who are eligible for Federal Work-Study are included in the most recent definitions of underrepresented populations by grant funding agencies. As such, creating research positions for work-study-eligible students will provide underrepresented students with research experiences, mentorship from research faculty, and access to professional development activities.
All full-time faculty are eligible to apply. The number of funded proposals is based on funding availability. Applications are evaluated on meaningful experience for the student, potential benefit for the faculty applicant’s research or creative activity, and strength of the mentoring plan. Ultimate responsibility for screening, interviewing, and selecting students rests with each awarded faculty member. Project alignment with UNO Strategic Priorities, including UNO Big Ideas and NU-system collaborations, is encouraged, but not required. This opportunity is currently closed, but it is never too soon to begin preparing your proposals for the next round of funding. Please Email Kim Balkovec if you would like to receive updates on this program as they become available.
The primary purpose of the Collaboration Initiative is to enhance the competitiveness of the University of Nebraska faculty for extramural funding by fully leveraging intellectual capacity and research resources across the campuses. The application deadline for this academic year has passed, but it is never too soon to begin planning your proposals for next semester.
Collaboration Initiative Request for Applications (RFA) are published at the start of the academic year, and an October pre-application workshop is required. Funding applications are submitted via the NuRamp website. Email Kim Balkovec for assistance with developing proposal budgets and NuRamp questions.
Research Development Program
The Office of Research and Creative Activity, with support from the University of Nebraska Office of the President, UNO Graduate Studies, and the Nebraska Research Initiative (NRI), has developed the Research Development Program aimed at stimulating research and creative activities at UNO. The program has provided support in the form of doctoral graduate research assistantships (GRAs) with the goal of increasing scholarly productivity, doctoral program enrollment, and grant support, contributing to overall growth in UNO’s external funding. Projects that align with UNO Strategic Priorities, including UNO Big Ideas and UNMC collaborations are encouraged, but not required. Although this funding opportunity is currently closed, please Email Kim Balkovec if you would like to receive updates on this program as they become available.