2015 NIH COBRE Internal Competition

The Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) expects that the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will have the opportunity to submit a new Phase I application to the Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) program at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) during 2015. ORED is sponsoring an internal competition to identify UNL’s next COBRE proposal team.

The COBRE program is designed to strengthen an institution’s biomedical research infrastructure by establishing an interdisciplinary, and sometimes multi-institutional, center and enhancing the ability of early-career investigators to secure independent external research funding. This program currently funds UNL’s Nebraska Center for Virology and Redox Biology Center.

COBRE applications must have a thematic scientific focus supported by basic, clinical, and/or translational research approaches, including community-based participatory research. Proposed centers also must be led by an established biomedical or behavioral investigator who has: 1) an active research laboratory; 2) a record of peer-reviewed funding related to the proposed center’s scientific theme; and 3) a history of administrative leadership and mentoring. Programmatic information is available on the NIH Web site and in the COBRE program announcement (PAR-14-035).

UNL faculty interested in developing a COBRE application must submit an expression of interest by August 18, 2014, as well as an internal pre-proposal by September 15. By October 1, ORED, with assistance from a team of external reviewers, will select the center concept to be developed into a full COBRE proposal and submitted to NIH. More information regarding the internal competition is contained in the internal call for proposals.

Contact Nathan Meier, director of research strategy (402.472.3902 or nlm@unl.edu), with questions regarding the internal competition.