NU 2 NIH is an initiative to help University of Nebraska-Lincoln faculty develop competitive proposals for submission to the National Institutes of Health. The Office of Research and Economic Development will select up to 12 faculty to participate in the program annually through a university-wide application process. During 2022-2023, NU 2 NIH will focus on the Research Project Grant (R01) mechanism.


The 2022-2023 offering of NU 2 NIH will focus on strategic development of all NIH R01 application components, including specific aims, research strategy, budget and ancillary documents. Through experiential learning, mock review panels and expert consultation, NU 2 NIH will guide participants as they prepare a complete R01 application for submission in October 2023. In addition, and with guidance from ORED, participants will identify an investigator from outside the University of Nebraska with a track record of NIH support to serve as a program mentor.


During the 2022-2023 academic year, NU 2 NIH programming will run from September to April. This will be followed by two rounds of proposal review during the summer of 2023 with intended proposal submission in early October 2023. Faculty participants also are expected to meet regularly with their mentors throughout the program.

Thursday, September 22NIH R01 Development Workshop, Part 1*
Day 1: Structuring NIH Proposals
AtKisson Training Group
Friday, September 23NIH R01 Development Workshop, Part 1*
Day 2: Specific Aims
AtKisson Training Group
Friday, October 7NU 2 NIH application deadline
Late OctoberNU 2 NIH applicants notified
Tuesday, November 1Specific Aims Chalk Talks
Tuesday, November 8Strategic Budgeting and Interacting with Program Officers
Tuesday, November 29 Cohort Panel Review of Specific Aims
led by AtKisson Training Group
January 2023Individual conversations with program officers
Thursday, February 16, 2023NIH R01 Development Workshop, Part 2*
Research Strategy
AtKisson Training Group
Friday, February 17, 2023NIH Workshop for Resubmissions
AtKisson Training Group
March – early April 2023Biweekly sessions covering:
– Biosketches
– Facilities and Other Resources
– Data Management and Sharing Plan
– Project Summary, Project Narrative
– Additional proposal sections
July ­– early September 2023Full R01 proposal review process:
– Grant-writing review (AtKisson Training Group)
– Revisions
– Technical review
– Expert mock panel
Thursday, October 5, 2023NIH R01 submission deadline

* Open to any UNL investigator
Open to any UNL investigator with an NIH Summary Statement


Faculty conducting research in areas fundable by NIH who have not yet received R01 support as principal investigator and have completed Part 1 of the NIH R01 Development Workshop are eligible to apply for the 2022-2023 program.

Additional Information

For additional information regarding NU 2 NIH, contact Katie Pelland, Ph.D., senior proposal development coordinator.