Internal Funding Opportunities

Internal Funding Opportunities

Internal funds are available from the Office of Research and from the Research Council to support research, scholarship and creative activities through annual university-wide competitions.

Applications for internal funding are submitted via the Internal Competitions module in NUgrant. Please log-in to NUgrant to begin your application.

Office of Research and Economic Development Funding Opportunities

The table below lists each award program, the maximum award amount available, and general application deadlines (when a specific deadline has been established, the actual deadline date will appear), with links to the RFP and application guidelines and forms.

RFPs will remain available online past the application deadlines. You may use an old RFP as a general guide in planning your application for the next award cycle, but please be sure to check this site for updates and new RFPs, as deadlines and some requirements will change from year to year.

To apply, log-in to NUgrant, go to the Internal Competitions module, select the funding opportunity for which you will apply (e.g. Layman Award, Grant-in-Aid) and follow the step-by-step process. If you have any questions regarding any Office of Research and Ecconomic Development awards, please contact Mari Greer, (402-472-2851 or mgreer1@unl.edu).

Research Council Awards

The Research Council represents the diversity of research, scholarship and creative activity at UNL with twelve faculty members who are appointed for three-year terms of service. To find out more about the Research Council, please click here. Among the Council’s duties is to review and award internal grants for research, scholarship and creative activities with funds allocated from the University of Nebraska Foundation.

The table below lists each award program, the maximum award amount available, and application deadlines, with links to the RFP. Note that awards from the Research Council cannot be used to pay for expenses incurred prior to initiation of the award.

To apply, log-in to NUgrant, select the funding opportunity for which you will apply (e.g., Faculty Seed Grant, Grant-in-Aid) and follow the step-by-step process. If you have any questions regarding the applications for Research Council awards contact Mari Greer (mgreer1@unl.edu, 402-472-2851).


Current Competitions:

Currently Avalable Office of Research and Economic Development Funding Opportunities:



Pathway to Interdisciplinary Research Centers - Phase I: Planning Grants



DESCRIPTION:
The Pathway to Interdisciplinary Research Centers program is designed to foster or support interdisciplinary research teams at UNL and enhance their competitiveness for large-scale or center grants. In addition to providing critical answers to complex questions that impact society, some interdisciplinary research teams may also be in a position to attract partners from industry to translate academic research into new products and services that may be licensed and commercialized to benefit Nebraskans and the general public.

Interdisciplinary research teams that build collaborations across departments, colleges, campuses, and with other institutions of strategic importance are critical to enhance competitiveness of UNL faculty. The program encourages team-building and collaboration with minority-serving institutions. These interdisciplinary research teams should emerge naturally from shared research interests or needs and take into account external funding opportunities, institutional priorities, and UNLs unique strengths. Interdisciplinary research teams include expertise across two or more distinct fields or disciplines and leverage an integrated or holistic approach to solve complex societal problems. Applicants are strongly encouraged to review and include references to recent reports from the National Academy of Sciences or federal agencies to become familiar with national priorities and critical societal issues.

AWARD AMOUNT: Awards for Pathway grants are made possible by support from the Office for Research and Economic Development (ORED). Awards will be made up to $10,000 for one year (maximum award duration). Up to ten awards per year are expected. Applications for subsequent funding (phase II) are by invitation only.



Revision Awards



The Revision Awards program is designed to enhance the competitiveness of faculty revising and resubmitting grant proposals by providing developmental and/or financial support to help improve highly meritorious, but previously unfunded federal funding proposals that are eligible for resubmission. Revision Awards will provide dedicated technical and research administration assistance and, in cases where additional data collection or prior work is critical, financial resources to support further preliminary study.



Current Competitions:

Currently Avalable Research Council Research Council Awards:



Research Council Special Opportunity Fund



The Research Council has established a Special Opportunity Fund to help cover the costs associated with visits by distinguished speakers to UNL. This Fund applies only for special situations in which advanced planning for the speaker was not possible because the opportunity arose after the application deadline for the traditional Distinguished Lecturers program had passed. The fund is not for situations in which the usual Research Council application deadline was missed. The criteria used to judge the application are the same as those used for the Distinguished Speakers program. Requests should be submittedelectronicallyto the Research Council office throughNUgrant. In addition, include a solid justification for why this is a Special Opportunity.




Standing Competitions:

Office of Research and Economic Development's Standing Compeititons:

Award Program

Maximum Grant Request

Revision Awards

Two categories of Revision Awards support are available. Category 1 proposals may request up to $25,000, and Category 2 proposals may request up to $50,000.

Biomedical Research Seed Grants

Applicants may request up to $50,000.

Standing Competitions:

Research Council's Standing Competitions:

Award Program

Maximum Grant Request

Symposium/Distinguished Lecturers

Symposium

$3,000

Distiguinshed Lecturers

$3,000

Special Fund Opportunity

Amount varies