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UNL Office of Research  May 2015
Research News

Consortium aims to bolster social sciences research

Dan Hoyt, SBSRC director, outlines plans.

Connecting social and behavioral science faculty campuswide to strengthen UNL’s research is the aim of the new Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Consortium.

The new consortium will coordinate efforts to enhance research capacity. Dan Hoyt, professor of sociology, is the consortium’s first director. The consortium is housed in the Whittier Research Center.

Growing UNL’s social and behavioral research is the consortium’s ultimate mission, and collaboration is the key to its success. more …

NUgrant update launches today, expands options

nugrant8NUgrant 8.0 – the latest update of UNL’s grants management system – debuts today with a new look, customizable options and improved performance.

This major update aims to make NUgrant more efficient and easier to use. Many of the improvements are based on feedback from UNL faculty and staff, including users who tested the new version the past few months and suggested refinements. more …

Financial info added to NUgrant

To help faculty better manage their grants, the latest version of NUgrant includes a quick overview of financial information and payroll statements for most types of sponsored projects.

Financial information, updated monthly, includes a summary report comparing budgeted amounts to actual expenditures, allowing researchers to see significant variances from budget that can help them better manage the remainder of the project. A report listing expenditures from the previous month shows amounts actually posted to the project. more …

New template will ease budgeting

The Office of Sponsored Programs will roll out a new proposal budget template this summer to simplify the challenging task of creating budgets for proposals.

Using this single Excel template, proposal writers will be able to produce budgets in a number of the most common sponsor formats, including NSF, NIH, other federal agencies and private foundations.

The template employs formulas, macros and other coding to make budget preparation easier and to improve the consistency of the budgets UNL submits to sponsors. more …

From the Vice Chancellor

Reflecting on achievements and future promise


Prem S. Paul

It is hard to believe another academic year has ended. The time has flown by and a lot has happened in research. I thought I would take a look back at a few of our activities and accomplishments to go along with the semester in review photos in this issue of Research News.

A year ago we held our UNL Interdisciplinary Research Faculty Retreat.

We brought together 263 faculty from 56 disciplines to learn about each other’s research and to make a start toward defining some new research areas. One outcome was the Big Ideas Program, focused on helping interdisciplinary faculty teams compete for major grants of at least $3 million. The competition included one-year planning grants and two-year accelerator grants. Ten planning grants and one accelerator grant were awarded in Round 1. You can read more about them here. A review of the second round of accelerator grants is just being completed. I’m excited about the potential for these teams to put together strong proposals in many areas, and I will keep you posted on the outcomes. more …

News & Notes

Nebraska Innovation Campus greenhouses open

The high-tech greenhouses are up and running on Nebraska Innovation Campus. UNL took occupancy of the Greenhouse Innovation Center at NIC in April.

This state-of-the-art complex features one of the world’s few publicly available LemnaTec Scanalyzer high-throughput screening and phenotyping systems. Using this sophisticated digital imaging system, researchers can comprehensively assess complex plant traits. A specialized conveyor system moves plants in the greenhouse, and cameras take high-resolution images as the plants grow in varied conditions. more …

MRSEC wins continued NSF funding


The MRSEC team, led by center director Evgeny Tsymbal, at the grant celebration.

UNL’s Materials Research Science and Engineering Center recently received a $9.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation to support its nanotechnology research, outreach and industry collaborations through 2020.

Through this multidisciplinary center, UNL physicists, chemists and engineers collaborate to study nanostructures and materials that could lead to more energy-efficient electronic devices. more …


Recent awards, recognition and accomplishments by UNL faculty for research, scholarly and creative endeavors. We highlight faculty accomplishments in each issue of Research News. Let us know about yours by emailing more …

Top Awards

The following list includes all arts and humanities grants of $10,000 or more and all other grants of $200,000 or more awarded to UNL between Feb. 1, 2015, and May 1, 2015, as reported through NUgrant, UNL’s electronic research administration system. more …

Internal Funding Awards

Research Resources

Revision Awards boost resubmission success

In today’s highly competitive environment, getting a proposal funded on first submission is increasingly difficult. That makes grant revision and resubmission more important than ever. The Revision Awards program helps UNL faculty with promising proposals prepare winning resubmissions.

“Program officers from federal agencies, including NIH, NSF and NEH, are telling us how critical it is for faculty to revise and resubmit promising proposals,” said Nathan Meier, director of research strategy. “Some have been so bold as to suggest that revised proposals are much more competitive than new applications.” more …

New NIH rigor, reproducibility site

Information on rigor and reproducibility in biomedical research is available on a new National Institutes of Health website. more …

Submit your journal cover

UNL faculty, students and postdocs whose research has been featured on the cover of a recent academic journal are invited to submit covers for the Journal Cover Gallery. This feature on the Office of Research and Economic Development website showcases UNL research on the covers of peer-reviewed journals. more …

Making News
The expertise and research, creative and scholarly activities of UNL faculty members often garner media coverage. University Communications highlights some of the national media attention for UNL faculty on its In the News website.

About Research News

Research News is an electronic and Web-based newsletter for the UNL research community that features information to enhance the success of our research, scholarship and creative activities. The UNL Office of Research and Economic Development electronically publishes the newsletter to provide news about research, faculty resources, services, policies and procedures, accomplishments and coming events. It is emailed to research-intensive faculty, staff, administrators and other interested parties. Feel free to share it with UNL colleagues.

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