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 (http://nugrant.unl.edu). Please log-in to NUgrant to begin your application.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about Internal Funding Opportunities

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 (http://nugrant.unl.edu), 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 Research Council applications, please contact Mari Greer, (402-472-2851 or mgreer1@unl.edu). For questions regarding applications for all of the other Office of Research and Economic Development awards, please contact Karen Underwood, (402-472-0030 or kunderwood1@unl.edu).

Award Program
Click on award name for full RFP
Maximum Grant Request Deadline To Apply
Arts and Humanities Research Enhancement Program

To foster research, scholarship and creative activity in the arts and humanities to enhance academic excellence in these disciplines and to increase UNL’s competitiveness for external grants.
$10,000 for one year (grant provides 75%; 25% match from department required) 2nd Friday in November Applications open in NUgrant starting August 1
Pathway to Interdisciplinary Research Centers The purpose of the Pathway to Interdisciplinary Research Centers competitive grant program is to foster or support interdisciplinary research teams at UNL and enhance their competitiveness for large-scale or center grants. Phase I: Planning Grant $10,000 for one year
Phase II and III grants Please Contact the Office of Research and Economic Development for further information
Apply to phase I only 1st Friday in March
1st Friday in June
2nd Friday in September
2nd Friday in December
Phase 1 applications now open in NUgrant; Phase II and III applications accepted on rolling basis, after consultation with the Office of Research and Economic Developmen
Layman Awards

To provide seed money for projects that will enhance the grantee’s ability to obtain external funding to support prominent scholarly work. Priority will be given to untenured tenure-track faculty and to other eligible faculty who propose projects of high promise and who make a compelling case that Layman funding is critical to their success.

Previous Award Winners

New Directions Program

The New Directions program supports the research of advanced rank faculty (Associate/Full) who are re-entering research or seek to branch into new directions in the pursuit of external funding.

$10,000 for one year
Applicants may include a requested budget for an additional $10,000 (e.g., $20,000 total budget request) if supported by an innovative and well-justified plan of work. Up to 10 awards may be funded at up to $20,000.
2nd Friday in November Applications open in NUgrant starting August 1
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.

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. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Applications now available within NUgrant
Biomedical Research Seed Grants

The goal of the Biomedical Research Seed Grants program is to enhance the competitiveness of faculty submitting grant proposals requesting R01 (research project grant) support for biomedical research funding from the National Institutes of Health. Evidence of prior work or preliminary data is a necessary component of most biomedical research proposals. Investigators are expected to leverage seed funding to accumulate evidence in support of a working hypothesis; demonstrate the feasibility of a new approach; or build reviewers’ confidence in the project team’s ability to handle cutting-edge technologies, understand methods, and interpret results.

Applicants may request up to $50,000. May 1, 2014 and November 3, 2014 Applications now available within NUgrant
Big Ideas Grants
The Big Ideas Grants program will support new or existing interdisciplinary teams as they lay the groundwork or conduct preliminary studies essential to the competitiveness of grant proposals requesting external funding of $3 million or more for thematic, interdisciplinary research.

Two types of Big Ideas Grants are available. Team may apply for 1) planning grants of up to $10,000 and 2) accelerator grants of up to $100,000. The deadline for concept paper submission is February 2, 2015. The deadline for submitting full proposals for accelerator grants (by invitation only) is April 13, 2015.

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 (http://nugrant.unl.edu), 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).

Award Program
Click on award name for full RFP
Maximum Grant Request Deadline To Apply
Grants-In-Aid

To support projects that promote a faculty member’s research creative and scholarly activities that may or may not enhance the prospects for obtaining outside support.
$6,500 (individual applications) $10,000 ( joint applications) 2nd Friday in October Now accepting applications
Faculty Seed Grants

Faculty Seed Grants are designed for projects that encourage and enhance research, creative and scholarly activities, and enhance the prospects of obtaining outside, competitive support. Faculty Seed Grants are available to scholars from all disciplines. Preference will be given to early-career faculty and to those who have not received a Grant-In-Aid or Faculty Seed Grant from the Research Council in the previous two years.
$10,000 2nd Friday in October Now accepting applications
Interdisciplinary Research Grants

To support new initiatives in interdisciplinary research, creative and scholarly activities to increase competitiveness of groups in applying for external funding and could also serve as ideas for future development for strategic initiatives.
$20,000+ for one year (may be competitively renewed for one additional year) 2nd Friday in October Now accepting applications
Visiting Scholars

To support visiting scholars who are recognized for excellence in their fields and whose research and scholarly activities are closely related to the research interests of the faculty and graduate students at UNL.
$800 (reimbursement for airfare and actual expenses for lodging and meals up to $130 per day for up to a two-day stay in Lincoln) 2nd Friday in March
2nd Friday in October
Now accepting applications
Symposium/Distinguished Lecturers

To support outstanding invited scholars who will give symposia or colloquia that should be of interest to a large interdisciplinary segment of the university community.
Symposium $3,000 2nd Friday in March
2nd Friday in October
Now accepting applications
Distinguished Lecturers $3,000 2nd Friday in March
2nd Friday in October
Now accepting applications
Special Opportunity Fund

To help cover the costs associated with visits by distinguished speakers to UNL in special cases when the opportunity arises after the application deadline for the traditional Distinguished Lecturers program has passed.
varies Rolling deadline (academic year) Now accepting applications

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