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Internal funding available through 2020-2021 competitions

News for Researchers

September 4, 2020

The Office of Research and Economic Development is sponsoring several internal funding competitions in 2020-2021, including Research Council grants, Biomedical Research Seed Grants, Revision Awards, Layman grants and Arts and Humanities Research Enhancement Program grants.

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 extramural 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 2021 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.

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

Award amounts for Biomedical Research Seed Grants and Revision Awards range from $25,000-$50,000, depending on the size of the planned federal proposal submission. As indicated in the requests for applications, faculty who are considering submitting proposals to these competitions are encouraged to consult with ORED.

Layman Seed Grants are available for non-tenured early career faculty and Layman New Directions Awards for tenured faculty, each up to $10,000. The Layman New Directions Program is designed for tenured faculty branching into new research directions or who need support to pilot or develop work toward the next step in a funded research program.

The Arts and Humanities Research Enhancement Program provides awards of up to $15,000 to help faculty achieve short-term goals that enhance their competitiveness for external grants or increase the societal impact of their work, ultimately setting the stage for larger projects.

Updated proposal guidelines for both the Layman and Arts and Humanities Research Enhancement programs are being developed and will be issued before the end of the year. Proposal deadlines for these two competitions will be in March 2021.  

Contact Mari Greer, administrative coordinator, with questions regarding ORED’s internal funding programs.


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