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 Devleopment 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 Grants:



2016-2017 Arts & Humanities Research Enhancement Program



The Arts and Humanities Research Enhancement Program is designed to foster research, scholarship and creative activity in the arts and humanities, broadly defined, to support excellence in these disciplines and to increase competitiveness for external grants.

Although external research dollars in the arts and humanities are in shorter supply than in the sciences and engineering, the philosophy is the same. That is, with seed money to achieve short-term goals, faculty can increase their chances of obtaining external funding for larger projects. Faculty should present their long-term plan for creative activity/research, and specifically describe how the project will lead to external funding, including a targeted plan for external funding applications.

Given the strong interest nationally for interdisciplinary work, projects involving collaborations between Arts and Humanities faculty and faculty outside the Arts and Humanities are encouraged.

Proposals must be fully routed and approved in NUgrant by 5:00 p.m. the 2nd Friday in November (November 13, 2015). For more information and proposal preparation instructions, please refer to the RFA.



2016-2017 Layman New Directions Awards



The Layman Awards provide funding for projects that will enhance the grantee's ability to obtain external funding to support prominent scholarly work. Two types of Layman Awards exist: the Layman Seed program and the Layman New Directions program.

Layman Seed Program: Provides funding for new projects by non-tenured junior faculty, to enhance the grantee's ability to obtain external research funding.

New Directions Program: Provides funding for tenured faculty (Associate/Full) who are re-entering research/branching into new directions, to enhance the grantee's ability to obtain external research funding.

Proposals for both must be fully routed and approved in NUgrant by 5:00 p.m. the 2nd Friday in November (November 13, 2015). For more information and proposal preparation instructions, please refer to the RFA.



2016-2017 Layman Seed Awards



The Layman Awards provide funding for projects that will enhance the grantee's ability to obtain external funding to support prominent scholarly work. Two types of Layman Awards exist: the Layman Seed program and the Layman New Directions program.

Layman Seed Program: Provides funding for new projects by non-tenured junior faculty, to enhance the grantee's ability to obtain external research funding.

New Directions Program: Provides funding for tenured faculty (Associate/Full) who are re-entering research/branching into new directions, to enhance the grantee's ability to obtain external research funding.

Proposals for both must be fully routed and approved in NUgrant by 5:00 p.m. the 2nd Friday in November (November 13, 2015). For more information and proposal preparation instructions, please refer to the RFA.



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 Awards Now Accepting Applications:



Research Council Distinguished Lecturer



The Research Council supports distinguished invited scholars who appeal to and interact with a large interdisciplinary segment of the university community. The speaker must be distinguished in his or her field. The stature of the speaker will be judged by his/her academic rank and institution, the number and significance of the speakers scholarly publications (books, journal articles and abstracts of meeting presentations) or, artistic works/productions, honors or honorary degrees, volumes, books or journals edited, research grants and contracts secured. The program must include at least one lecture that is open, free-of-charge and advertised to the entire University community. Funds may be used for travel and local expenses for featured speakers and/or honorarium. 

Applicants are encouraged to use good judgment in requests for honorarium funds. Any exceptional expenses or honoraria must be strongly justified. Funding requests may not exceed $3,000. 



Research Council 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.
AWARD AMOUNT: Faculty Seed Grants provide a maximum award of $10,000. They are made possible by support from the NU Foundation and are awarded by the Research Council



Research Council Grants-In-Aid



Grants-In-Aid awards are for projects that promote a faculty members research creative and scholarly activities which may or may not enhance the prospects for obtaining outside support. Grants-In-Aid are available to scholars from all disciplines and can be used for whatever aspect of a project during a twelve-month period deemed necessary by the applicant, except faculty salary support. Preference will be given to non-tenured 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.
AWARD AMOUNT: Grants-In-Aid provide a maximum award of $7,500 for individual applications and $10,000 for joint applications. They are made possible by support from the NU Foundation and are awarded by the Research Council.



Research Council Interdisciplinary Grants



Interdisciplinary Research Grants are designed for projects that encourage and enhance research, creative and scholarly activities. The goal is to enhance the competitiveness of applications for external funding and to foster innovative, collaborative, and timely ideas that inform existing and nascent strategic initiatives specified by the institution and/or funding agencies. Interdisciplinary Research Grants are available to scholars from all disciplines. Preference will be given to those who have not received a Grant-In-Aid, Faculty Seed grant or an Interdisciplinary grant from the Research Council during the previous two years.

AWARD AMOUNT: Typically, awards do not exceed $20,000 for one year. However, in an effort to encourage ambitious proposals and truly multi-disciplinary initiatives, the Research Council will accept requests for larger amounts of funding.



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.



Research Council Symposia



The Research Council supports outstanding invited scholars who will give symposia or colloquia that should be of interest to a large interdisciplinary segment of the university community. The program must include at least one lecture that is open, free-of-charge and advertised to the entire University community. Funds may be used to pay for, but is not limited to these expenses for the scholar/symposia: travel and/or local expenses, an honorarium.  Applicants are encouraged to use good judgment in requests for honorarium funds. Any exceptional expenses or honoraria must be strongly justified. Applicants must be able to secure other funds to cover a portion of the budgeted expenses. Total requested funds from the Research Council may not exceed $3,000. 




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.

Big Ideas Grants

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.

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