Research Announcements

Food for Health Initiative

University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds, PhD has announced a university-wide Food for Health initiative.  This program is designed to increase multicampus collaborations and incentivize new research that will address critical food and health issues important to Nebraskans.

Faculty are invited to complete an interest survey in preparation for a team building retreat planned for November 13th in Lincoln.

Dr. Jennifer Larsen, Vice Chancellor for Research, conducted a Q & A forum for UNMC faculty to answer questions regarding the topics, collaborative teams, and funding opportunities associated with the Food for Health initiative.

See the Food for Health website for details.


Request for Information (RFI): Strategies for Simplifying NIH’s Grant Application Instructions

NIH Notice: NOT-OD-15-134
Response Date: September 25, 2015

Help Us Help You!

Understanding what you need to know and do to apply for a grant can be a challenge.  NIH’s application instruction guide is long, with lots of background information that you may only occasionally need. On top of that, funding opportunity announcements have instructions that often add to those in the application instruction guide. We may also issue notices that can change application requirements, perhaps with additional FAQs for you to follow. It’s not only a lot of information, but it’s complex in the way we give it you, which can be frustrating!

We’ve been developing ideas about how to make these instructions better, but we really need to hear how you currently work with the instructions, and how you would like to work with the instructions in the future, so we can make a product that works better for you. Last week we issued a request for information for your suggestions about how we can simplify NIH’s grant application instructions (NOT-OD-15-134). I hope you will take this opportunity to give us your valuable input – as described here – by the Sept 25, 2015 deadline. We do want to make the grant application process easier to follow and, with your input, we can work together to make this happen.

Rural Futures Conference Seeking Posters

The 2015 Rural Futures Conference poster competition is open for undergraduate and graduate students who wish to present a poster on “big idea” research questions that showcase new knowledge and bold ideas.

Participants must submit a 250-word abstract by Sept. 18 to be considered for the competition. Up to $1,500 in cash will be awarded in the undergraduate category and up to $2,000 in cash in the graduate category.

Submission details

The deadline for submission is Sept. 18. For more details on the submission guidelines, prizes and deadlines, phone 402-472-4977 or click here. Complete details on additional engagement opportunities and the entire conference agenda are available here. For the latest information follow Rural Futures on Twitter or Facebook.

Posters will be presented at the National Rural Futures Conference (RFC) set for Oct. 21-23. The conference aims to engage University of Nebraska faculty, staff and students — along with community and organizational partners — in envisioning a brighter future for rural communities.