InterFACE Initiative

 InterFACE: NIH R01

InterFACE – Faculty Academy for Competitive Excellence – is a new multi-institutional initiative to support faculty developing competitive proposals for external funding. The program is being co-developed by research development professionals at Montana State University, the University of Idaho, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Nevada, Reno and Utah State University.

In 2024, InterFACE will focus on the strategic development of R01 (research project grant) applications to the National Institutes of Health. The Office of Research and Economic Development will select a limited number of Nebraska faculty to participate in the program through a university-wide application process. More information is available in the Applications section of this page.


Through didactic and experiential learning, small group collaboration, mock review panels and expert consultation, InterFACE: NIH R01 will guide participants as they prepare a complete R01 application, including specific aims, research strategy, budget and ancillary documents. Because this is a multi-institutional program, participants will have the opportunity to network with faculty from participating institutions.


InterFACE: NIH R01 programming will occur in April and May 2024. Formal programming will be followed by two rounds of proposal review during the summer and fall with an intended proposal submission date in February 2025. Faculty participants are encouraged to meet regularly with their learning pods throughout the program.

Monday, April 8, and Tuesday, April 9 (Lincoln, Nebraska)  NIH R01 Development Workshop, Part 1 AtKisson Training Group
Thursday, April 18Specific Aims due for review
Thursday, May 16, and Friday, May 17 (Lincoln, Nebraska)NIH R01 Development Workshop, Part 2
AtKisson Training Group 
June 2024 (virtual)Check-in meeting
August 2024Full proposal due for non-technical review
October 2024 (virtual)Round-robin peer review
Wednesday, Nov. 1Full proposal due for technical review
Friday, Nov. 22Proposal returned from technical review
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2025NIH R01 submission
Participants are responsible for scheduling times to meet virtually with their assigned learning pod.


UNL faculty who are conducting research in areas fundable by NIH and who have not yet received R01 support as principal investigators are eligible to apply.


All eligible UNL faculty are invited to apply for InterFACE: NIH R01. To apply, applicants must submit the following as a single PDF file:

Applications to participate in the 2024 program are due by 5 p.m. CST on Friday, Feb. 23, 2024.

Apply to InterFACE: NIH R01

Review and Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed internally by ORED senior administrators. Application review criteria include:

In consultation with senior administrators in the applicants’ colleges/divisions, ORED will make participant selection decisions in early March.

Additional Information

For additional information about InterFACE: NIH R01, contact Heather Borck, research development program coordinator.