Research Funding

User-Fee Vouchers for the UNMC Advanced Microscopy Core Facility

Deadline for Proposals:  April 10, 2015

The Nebraska Center for Cellular Signaling is pleased to announce that funding through a voucher program is available to support usage of the UNMC Advanced Microscopy Core Facility.  The facility encompasses four confocal microscopes with live-cell capability as well as a new, state-of-the-art Zeiss ELYRA PS.1 super-resolution microscope capable of epifluorescence, Super-Resolution structured illumination microscopy (SR-SIM), and single-molecule localization techniques such as direct Stochastic Optical Reconstruction Microscopy (dSTORM) and Photoactivatable Localization Microscopy (PALM). We anticipate that, in addition to the SR-SIM, which is now open for use, dSTORM, PALM and Total Internal Reflection Microscopy (TIRF), will be available in the future.

Further information about the core facility and its capabilities may be found on the Advanced Microscopy Core Facility website.

Purpose: The goals of this voucher program are to encourage and support usage of the microscopes by investigators for projects to help acquire preliminary data for external grant applications that would use the core facility and to promote utilization of microscopy in their research by users who are new to the technology.

Description: Vouchers in amounts up to $2,500 per project will be made on a competitive basis for a one-year duration. These funds will not be allocated directly to the investigators’ laboratories, but would instead be held in an account by the Core Facility to be expended as needed to subsidize usage fees for the Core for the applicable projects.

Eligibility and Qualifications: The voucher program is not limited to current NCCS investigators, but is available to any faculty members holding tenure-leading appointments at UNMC, UNO, UNL or Creighton University. Individuals with transient commitments to or from their institutions will NOT be eligible; thus, post-doctoral fellows and visiting professors and investigators with no more than adjunct appointments are not eligible.

Proposal Requirements: Submit a one-page description of the entire project in the format of an NIH R-type specific aims page accompanied by an NIH-style Bio Sketch of the Principal Investigator. Include a cover letter summarizing your past experience with and the usage of microscopy in your research. Be sure to justify your proposed hours of use of the core facility relative to the requested funds. In addition, you should state how your intended use of the voucher program would either enhance an ongoing project or improve the likelihood of acquiring external funding for a new project. The Executive Committee of the Core Facility will evaluate the proposals and awardees will be notified by email when decisions have been made.

Deadline for receipt of proposals: April 10, 2015

Earliest possible date vouchers would be available: May 4, 2015

For further Information:

Keith Johnson: 402-559-3890,

Rick MacDonald: 402-559-7824,

DOD Pre-Announcements

The Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) Defense Appropriations Act provides research funding for the peer reviewed programs managed by the Department of Defense (DOD) office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).

This e-mail is to notify the research community of the recently released pre-announcements for the following programs:

Lung Cancer Research Program (LCRP)

Neurofibromatosis Research Program (NFRP)

Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP)

Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program (TSCRP)

Descriptions of each of the funding opportunities, eligibility, key mechanism elements, and funding can be found in the respective Program pre-announcement. FY15 pre-announcements can be found in the CDMRP home page features at

Subsequent notifications will be sent when the program announcements/funding opportunities are released.

NE LB606

Internal Deadline:  March 9, 2015

NE DHHS 2015 Stem Cell Research Project

Program Summary & Background

UNMC is allowed to submit only five applications to NE DHHS so Principal Investigators (PI’s) who are interested in submitting applications must first participate in UNMC’s internal screening process by submitting a one page project description and biosketch.  A total of $437,000 is available for the 2015 competition.

In 2008, the Nebraska State Legislature adopted the Stem Cell Research Act (LB 606), which established a Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee to facilitate the awarding of grants to Nebraska institutions or researchers for conducting stem cell research that does not use human embryonic stem cells.

UNMC Internal Review Process

Applicants must email the following to Deborah Hawkins at by March 9, 2015:

  • One page project description in PDF format
  • Biosketch in PDF format.  An internal review committee will evaluate the project descriptions based on the selection criteria in the linked RFA and invite five investigators to submit full applications to NE DHHS.  Based on previous reviews of the full applications, it is recommended that special emphasis be placed on the translational merits of the proposed projects.  Thus, the internal review committee will be asked to evaluate the therapeutic potential associated with each proposed project, in addition to the “Selection Criteria” indicated in the RFA.


Up to $110,000 for a one-year period (July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016)

  • Indirect costs are unallowable
  • Salary support for the PI, doctoral level co-investigators, and administrative or clerical assistance is unallowable

Note: UNMC requires researchers to commit effort to projects for which they will serve as PIs.  To minimize cost-share, SPAdmin recommends committing no more than 10%.



  • A proposal may build on an existing project but should be substantially different enough to be clearly a new project; it may not be an extension of a previous project
  • Renewals of existing projects are not allowed
  • There is no prohibition for a current grantee to apply for the new RFA


Monday, March 9, 2015……………One-page Project Description & Biosketch (PDF only) due to Deb Hawkins (

Wednesday, March 18, 2015……..Five (5) UNMC Applicants announced by Review Committee

Tuesday, April 7, 2015………………Full applications due to SPAdmin by 5pm to allow for processing

Friday, April 10, 2015………………..Signed applications submitted to NE DHHS by SPAdmin via PDF

Mid-June, 2015………………………Selection of awards by NE DHHS

For more information: