Research Funding

NASA Nebraska EPSCoR FY16 Call for Pre-proposals

NASA Nebraska EPSCoR is pleased to announce its Call for Pre-proposals for this year’s NASA EPSCoR program. The purpose of the NASA EPSCoR program is to establish partnerships with government, higher education, and industry that are designed to effect lasting improvements in a state’s or region’s research infrastructure, R&D capacity and hence, its national R&D competitiveness. In addition to the research and technology development, the awards enable faculty development and higher education student support.

Each year NASA Nebraska EPSCoR holds a statewide proposal competition to select the top proposal from across the state.  The selected proposal is ultimately submitted on behalf of NASA Nebraska EPSCoR to the national competition. While NASA has not yet released its RFP for this year, NASA Nebraska EPSCoR is collecting required Letters of Intent from interested researchers across the state.  Letters of Intent for this year’s proposal cycle are due on November 13, with Pre-proposals due on December 2.

The attached document includes instructions for the content, format, and submission of Letters of Intent and Pre-proposals.  If you have any questions about this year’s competition or the NASA NE EPSCoR Call for Pre-proposals FY16, please contact Michaela Lucas at or 402-554-3772.

AFAR Junior Faculty Research Grants

The American Federation for Aging Research is accepting applications for research grants from junior faculty.

LOIs must be received no later than December 12, 2015. Upon review, selected applications will be invited to submit full proposals by March 2016.

The AFAR Research Grant for Junior Faculty provides one- to two-year grants of up to $100,000 to M.D.s and Ph.D.s to conduct research that will serve as the basis for longer-term efforts. AFAR-supported investigators study a broad range of biomedical and clinical topics, including the causes of cellular senescence, the role of estrogen in the development of osteoporosis, the genetic factors associated with Alzheimer’s disease, the effects of nutrition and exercise on the aging process, and much more. Applicants proposing a project in Alzheimer’s disease or healthy brain aging research should apply for the New Investigator Awards in Alzheimer’s Disease. Applicants proposing other dementia-related research may apply for the AFAR Research Grant for Junior Faculty.

The applicant must be an independent investigator with independent research space as described in a statement by the relevant dean or department chair, and must be no more than ten years beyond the start of his or her postdoctoral research training as of July 1, 2016.

For complete program guidelines, an FAQ, and application procedures, visit the AFAR website.

AHA Collaborative Sciences Award

Collaborative Sciences Award Letter of Intent due Thursday, Nov. 5 at 5 p.m. CT

The Collaborative Sciences Award requires two or more primary investigators from disparate science disciplines, with histories of innovative collaborations, to work on a project that is achievable only with efforts from both disciplines. Collaboration should foster innovative, unique and novel discoveries and may combine basic, clinical, population and/or translational research.

Please note: only those applicants who submit a Letter of Intent and are invited to apply may submit a full application. The AHA will fund four Collaborative Sciences Awards in 2016.

This award is offered by the AHA Association-wide Research Program. Letters of Intent must be submitted through Grants@Heart.

For additional information regarding the Collaborative Sciences Award, view the Letter of Intent instructions and full program description.