Research Funding

Neurosensory CoBRE Pilot Research Projects RFA 2014

The Center for Neurosensory Systems, a Center for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) is soliciting applications for pilot grants concerning the development and maintenance of function of the auditory, visual, and central nervous systems.  Applications can request up to $100,000 for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year. Proposals must indicate how the pilot study results will be used to support R01 or equivalent applications.

COBRE programs have a primary focus in career development and include a structured mentoring program, so preference is given to junior faculty members, researchers who are adding a new research focus, or clinicians starting a research program.  We will work with successful applicants to match them with an appropriate research and career mentor, and they are expected to meet regularly.  Preference will also be given to projects which utilize any of our sponsored core facilities (DNA Microarray & Sequencing, UNMC; Mouse Genome Engineering, UNMC; Tissue Science Facility and Imaging, UNMC and Creighton University; and Auditory Physiology, Boys Town National Research Hospital).

Who may apply:

Applicants must have full-time appointments of assistant professor or higher at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Creighton University, or Boys Town National Research Hospital.

Application Format:

Applications should reflect the format of R21 applications (PHS 398) and contain the following:

Biosketch of the applicant

Detailed budget for the first year

Specific Aims (1 page)

Research Strategy (3-6 pages) including Significance, Innovation, Approach, and Preliminary Data.  Since these are pilot projects, the Preliminary Data section may be used to demonstrate pertinent experience in related research.

Timetable:

Applications should be e-mailed in pdf format to Shelley Smith by October 10, 2014.  They will be reviewed by a local steering committee and by an external advisory committee, with anticipated award date of November 1, 2014.

For additional information please contact:

Shelley D. Smith, Ph.D.

402-559-5314
email

Melanoma Research Alliance 2014-2015 Request for Proposals

The Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) announces its eighth annual Request for Proposals (RFP), soliciting translational research grant applications from scientists and clinicians around the world.  The RFP calls for ideas that could lead to high impact near-term clinical application in melanoma detection, prevention, diagnosis, staging, or treatment. MRA will accept proposals for Established Investigator Awards, Pilot Awards, Young Investigator Awards, Academic-Industry Partnership Awards (Established Investigator and Teams), and Special Opportunity Awards. Several special opportunities are being made possible in collaboration with Amgen, Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS), and the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC). In addition, we are pleased to announce a Young Investigator award in Dermatology.  During this cycle, MRA plans to award at least $7 million to new projects.

Melanoma is a leading cause of new cancers, and more effective options for patients and those at risk are urgently needed. Recent scientific and clinical advances have provided new hope, but much work remains to be done to end suffering and death from melanoma.

The RFP can be accessed below.

Please note the following key deadlines:

  • November 11, 2014: Young Investigator Award (including Dermatology Young Investigators), Established Investigator Award (including BMS-MRA Established Investigators), and Pilot Award (including SITC-MRA Pilot Award) proposals are due.
  • November 21, 2014: All Academic-Industry Partnership Award (for Established Investigators and Teams) and BMS-MRA Team Science Award proposals are due.

Full descriptions of each opportunity, including eligibility criteria and deadlines can be found in the RFP document below.

2014-2015 Request for Proposals

Questions: Laura Brockway-Lunardi, Ph.D., MRA Scientific Program Director, lbl@curemelanoma.org

NPOD Pilot Grant Competition

Application Due Date:  September 30, 2014

The Nebraska Center on the Prevention of Obesity Diseases through Dietary Molecules (NPOD), funded by a Center for Biomedical Research Excellence grant from NIH, invites applications for its pilot grant competition. The primary objective of this pilot grant program is to stimulate research in the area of nutrient signaling and to enhance competitiveness in obtaining extramural support.

In this first call for proposals, priority will be given to proposals in two areas; we anticipate funding one project from each area:

  • Area 1: Prevention of obesity-related diseases through dietary molecules. Proposals targeting this area are expected to focus on the prevention of obesity-related diseases through essential and non-essential dietary compounds. Proposals with a focus on biomarkers or treatment of disease will also be considered for funding through this mechanism.
  • Area 2: Interactions between diet and microRNAs. Proposals targeting this area are expected to focus the effects of food-borne microRNAs on mammalian gene expression, or the effects of dietary compounds on the expression of genes coding for microRNAs. Proposals with a focus on phenotyping and the development of innovative research tools are encouraged.

The Nebraska Center on the Prevention of Obesity Diseases through Dietary Molecules (NPOD), funded by a Center for Biomedical Research Excellence grant from NIH, invites applications for its pilot grant competition. This competition is open to all UNL and UNMC faculty.  The primary objective of this pilot grant program is to stimulate research in the area of nutrient signaling and to enhance competitiveness in obtaining extramural support. The first round of applications is due September 30, 2014, with an anticipated funding start date of December 1, 2014.  The RFA and application form can be found at:  http://nutrigenomics.unl.edu/npod-pilot-project-rfa-due-september-30-2014