Department COVID-19 Updates:
COVID-19 Research Planning

Internal funding available for COVID-19-related work

News for Researchers

Posted April 3, 2020 by Tiffany Lee

In response to the public health crisis resulting from the spread of COVID-19, the Office of Research and Economic Development is accepting proposals for limited, one-time funding to support short-term activities that respond to the pandemic.

Details are available in the COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Program Funding Opportunity. Proposals will be accepted and reviewed on a continual basis until 5 p.m. June 30.

Faculty from any discipline whose expertise can address the crisis are encouraged to apply. Principal investigators must be tenured, tenure-track or research faculty at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The funding, which is available for up to $50,000 for a maximum 12-month period, may be used to support new activities or build upon existing activities, with priority given to projects that seed and increase the competitiveness of future proposals for external funding.

Before applying for these funds, faculty are encouraged to determine if their project fits with a COVID-19 rapid response funding mechanism available through an external sponsor. Such opportunities exist through the National Institutes of Health (e.g., Urgent Competitive Revision to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements or Administrative Supplements to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements) and the National Science Foundation (e.g., Dear Colleague Letter on the Coronavirus Disease 2019), for example. Additional details are available in the Funding Opportunity guidelines.

For more information about the program, contact Jen Nelson, director of research strategy and infrastructure; or Nathan Meier, assistant vice chancellor for research.

For questions about the application submission process, contact Mari Greer, administrative coordinator in ORED.


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