The Research Council has established a Special Opportunity Fund to help cover the costs associated with visits by distinguished speakers to UNL. This Fund applies only for special situations in which advanced planning for the speaker was not possible because the opportunity arose after the application deadline for the traditional Distinguished Lecturers program had passed. The fund is not for situations in which the usual Research Council application deadline was missed. The criteria used to judge the application are the same as those used for the Distinguished Speakers program. Requests should be submitted electronically to the Research Council office through NUgrant. In addition, include a solid justification for why this is a Special Opportunity.