Internal funding available through 2019-2020 universitywide competitions

News for Researchers

September 3, 2019

The Office of Research and Economic Development is facilitating several internal research funding competitions in 2019-2020, including four types of Research Council grants, two Layman grants and two competitions directed by ORED.

Detailed information about these competitions, including deadlines for each, is available online.

The Research Council provides Faculty Seed Grants of up to $10,000 each, and Grants-in-Aid of up to $7,500 for individual applications and $10,000 for joint applications, for projects that promote research, creative and scholarly activities that enhance a researcher’s prospects for obtaining outside support. Interdisciplinary Research Grants of up to $20,000 or more are available for projects that encourage and enhance research, creative and scholarly activities among faculty from different departments and colleges. These three programs have mid-October submission deadlines for a January-December 2020 funding period. The Research Council also offers up to $3,000 in funding to support visiting scholars, symposia and distinguished lecturers, with applications due in October and again in March.

Layman Seed Grants for non-tenured early career faculty and Layman New Directions Awards for tenured faculty, each up to $10,000, have a new application deadline of early March 2020, for the funding period of August 2020-July 2021. The Layman New Directions Program has been revised to target tenured faculty branching into new research directions or who need support to pilot/develop work toward the next step in a funded research program.

Biomedical Research Seed Grants, supported by the Nebraska Tobacco Settlement Biomedical Research Development Fund, are intended for faculty applying for National Institutes of Health R21 or R01 awards and are accepted on a rolling basis. ORED provides funding for Revision Awards, which also are available on a rolling basis, to help faculty revise promising federal grant applications that were previously unfunded.

Award amounts for both Biomedical Grants and Revision Awards range from $25,000-$50,000, depending on the size of the planned federal proposal submission. With questions, contact Mari Greer, administrative coordinator, 402-472-2851.


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