Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (SEM) Initiative


Multidisciplinary research collaborations are necessary to effectively explore frontiers at intersections of the sciences, engineering and medicine (SEM). The diverse talents and mutual research interests of faculty at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), and the University of Nebraska-Omaha (UNO) provide an excellent opportunity for collaboration in these frontiers.

Initiative Goals

The overall goal of the SEM initiative is to initiate and enhance the competitiveness of inter-institutional research collaborations in SEM for Department of Defense, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, or other federal funding sources. More specifically, we seek to create diverse teams that can solve complex challenges to improve detection, diagnosis, remote monitoring, treatment and/or prevention of diseases. Examples include, but are not limited to:


Seed grants for up to $100,000 over a two-year period will be award to two teams consisting of faculty teams from UNL and UNMC. The goal of the seed grant program is to generate preliminary data to increase competitiveness of the research teams for federal funding.

Application Materials

The 2019 SEM Request for Applications is available here

The 2019 SEM Application Instructions are available here

Instructions to UNL faculty serving as the lead PI are available here

For More Information

UNL Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, Deb Hamernik (