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:



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 teams ability to handle cutting-edge technologies, understand methods, and interpret results.



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.



System Science and Food for Health Collaboration Initiative



This program is administered by the University of Nebraska's Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. UNL applicants must have attended the October 28, 2016 retreat and identified a general topic of interest. The primary purpose of the Collaboration Initiatives is to strengthen the University of Nebraska's research competitiveness by fully leveraging its multi-campus intellectual capacity and research resources. The ongoing Food for Health Collaboration Initiative is a comprehensive effort to further enhance Nebraska's research capacity to address critical societal and human health issues related to food. The new System Science Collaboration Initiative is designed to facilitate new and strengthen existing research collaborations among faculty in engineering, and/or quantitative/data-science with any other discipline. This new initiative is focused on helping position faculty teams to be more competitive for the extramural funding required to further their studies and to better understand the wide variety of complex systems found in nature and society. Proposals will not be considered for funding unless meaningful multi-campus and appropriate disciplinary collaborations are documented. All UNL collaborations must include at least one collaborator affiliated with another University of Nebraska campus; if appropriate because of unique expertise/resource availability, additional collaborations with other Nebraska research institutions are encouraged. Collaborations are to be driven by mutual interest and disciplinary expertise needs. In addition, for System Science proposals, at least one collaborating faculty member (as a PI or Co-PI) must bring meaningful engineering, biomechanics or quantitative/data-science disciplinary expertise. The required System Science disciplinary expertise will be interpreted broadly. 



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 Lecturer program. Requests should be submitted electronically to the Research Council office through NUgrant. 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