Posted October 1, 2020 by Tiffany Lee
University of Nebraska-Lincoln faculty are invited to register for the 2020-2021 University of Nebraska Collaboration Initiative Retreat, to be held via Zoom on Oct. 30. The registration deadline is Oct. 16.
The retreat will begin at 9 a.m. A full schedule and details about how to join online will be available soon on the event website.
The Collaboration Initiative, now in its sixth year, is aimed at helping University of Nebraska researchers become more competitive for extramural funding and strengthening collaborations among faculty across the four NU campuses. The retreat’s purpose is to provide faculty-to-faculty working sessions that facilitate formation of multi-campus, multidisciplinary teams and enable them to begin work on proposals for program funding, which this year is available in the following areas:
- Team Formation and Publication Grants: One-year grants of up to $7,500 each to build new research collaborations across University of Nebraska campuses.
- Preliminary Data and Application Preparation Grants: One-year grants of up to $40,000 each to strengthen research collaborations and generate preliminary data critical to extramural research proposal submissions.
- Team Seed Grants: Two-year grants of up to $150,000 each to strengthen existing and build new research collaborations among faculty with a track record of extramural research funding.
The Request for Applications contains additional details about each area. Prospective principal investigators and team leaders must participate in the retreat; potential co-PIs and past awardees are strongly encouraged to attend. Researchers from all disciplines may apply and research topics are not predefined, but applications must be designed to strengthen the team’s competitiveness for extramural funding.
This year’s retreat features a keynote speaker, Ebony McGee, who will discuss strategies for improving the research climate for diverse students and faculty. McGee is associate professor of diversity and STEM education, and associate professor of medicine, health and society, at Vanderbilt University. Faculty primarily interested in hearing McGee’s 10 a.m. talk, titled “Black, Brown, Bruised: How Racialized STEM Education Stifles Innovation,” should register here. An additional opportunity for small group discussion with McGee will be held from 11 a.m.-noon.
For questions about registration, contact Kelly Dick, administrative associate at NU central administration, 402-472-4994. For research-related questions or questions about eligibility, contact Nathan Meier, assistant vice chancellor for research, 402-472-3902.