Nov. 16 is deadline to submit NOIs for COBRE internal competition

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Posted November 3, 2023 by Dan Moser

The Office of Research and Economic Development is sponsoring an internal competition to identify the university’s next team that will submit a proposal to the National Institutes of Health’s Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence program. 

The internal competition and selection process involves two stages: submission of a notice of intent to submit a proposal, followed by submission of a full internal proposal. Submission of an NOI by Nov. 16 is required to submit an internal proposal by Jan. 24, 2024. 

Phase I of the COBRE proposal must be submitted to NIH by Jan. 30, 2025. 

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 three centers at UNL: the Nebraska Center for the Prevention of Obesity Diseases through Dietary Molecules, the Nebraska Center for Integrated Biomolecular Communication and the Rural Drug Addiction Research Center

COBREs must have a thematic scientific focus supported by basic, clinical and/or translational research approaches. Proposed centers must be led by an established biomedical or behavioral investigator who has: 1) an active research laboratory, 2) a record of peer-reviewed funding, including active external peer-reviewed funding related to the center’s scientific focus and 3) a history of leadership and mentoring. Additional information is available from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences and in the Phase 1 program announcement (PAR-22-250). 

Following the NOI submission deadline, ORED will notify participating PIs about the internal proposal review and selection process. This process will focus on fit with the COBRE funding mechanism and the readiness of the PI and their team to meet the 2025 application deadline. 
For more information regarding the internal competition, contact Rick Bevins, associate vice chancellor for research, or Nathan Meier, assistant vice chancellor for research development. 

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