NU 2 Foundations


The NU 2 Foundations program is a partnership between the Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) and University of Nebraska Foundation (UNF) aimed at helping faculty and staff increase their foundation funding. Participants will learn how to best position themselves to receive private foundation funding to support their research, scholarship, outreach or creative endeavors.


The four-session program will consist of a combination of instruction and interactive workshops. These activities are designed to help participants be strategic in applying for private foundation funds. Program sessions will be taught by ORED and UNF staff.

Program Outcomes

Participants will:

  1. Identify relevant private foundation funders for their research, scholarship, outreach or creative activity.
  2. Design a communication strategy to effectively engage identified private foundation funders leading to a funding request.
  3. Prepare a funding request that best positions them to be successful receiving funds for their research, scholarship, outreach or creative activity.


Applications are welcome from full-time UNL faculty and staff who are in the early stages of developing a research, scholarship or creative activity funding request with plans to submit to a private foundation. Participants who participate in NU 2 Foundations may not re-apply in subsequent years.

Application Materials

To apply to participate, please prepare the following materials:

  1. In no more than 400 words, describe your goals for participating in the NU 2 Foundations program.
  2. In no more than 400 words, explain if you have previously sought funding for this idea and a list of private foundations you may have already identified as relevant for support.
  3. A document (no more than one page) that summarizes your vision for your research, scholarship or creative activity for which you would like to seek private foundation funding. Consider addressing the following topics:

4. Your full curriculum vitae or resume.

Application Deadline

Applications to participate in NU 2 Foundations must be submitted by 5 p.m. CDT on Feb. 23, 2024.

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Applicant Notification

The applicant notification process will be completed in early March.


Participants are expected to attend all program activities, which consists of four sessions running from March to May.

Tuesday, March 263-4:30 p.m.Whittier 152
Thursday, April 113-4:30 p.m.Whittier 152
Thursday, April 253-4:30 p.m.Whittier 152
Tuesday, May 73-4:30 p.m.Whittier 152

For more information, contact Heather Borck, research development program coordinator, at 402-472-4090.