Research Funding

Summer Global Health Fellowship Applications Open

Up to seven students can conduct research overseas this summer through the new UNMC College of Public Health Summer Global Health Fellowship Program.

The 10-week fellowships, provided through the office of Dean Ali S. Khan, M.D., M.P.H., are open to all UNMC students, with preferences given to public health students, faculty-led proposals and projects. Multidisciplinary applications where public health students work with other UNMC students will receive special consideration, but is not a requirement.

Each project will receive between $4,000 and $7,000 to support the cost of international travel, visa fees, air ambulance, on-site room and board, local travel and other research-related expenses for the student, said Pinaki Panigrahi, M.D., director, Center for Global Health and Development, College of Public Health.

Read about the Fellowship and how to apply.

Howard Hughes Faculty Scholar Program

Deadline:  July 28, 2015
Amount:  $100k – $400k/year for 5 year award

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Simons Foundation are pleased to announce a national competition for grants to outstanding scientists as Faculty Scholars. This competition will strengthen the community of basic researchers and physician scientists who bring innovative approaches to the study of biological problems. Scholars will apply molecular, genetic, computational and theoretical approaches to fundamental problems in diverse areas of biology. Those conducting research at the interface of the biological and physical sciences are especially encouraged to apply as are physician scientists and others studying biological questions emerging from and applicable to global human health problems, including malaria, tuberculosis, HIV, and other diseases that disproportionately affect individuals living in low resource settings. Clinical trials and research on health education, health care delivery, or health services are not eligible fields. Women and minorities under-represented in the biomedical and biological sciences are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • PhD and/or MD (or the equivalent).
  • Tenured or tenure-track position as an assistant professor or higher academic rank at an eligible U.S. institution, or, if at an eligible institution that has no tenure track, an appointment that reflects a significant institutional commitment. Federal government employees are not eligible.
  • More than 4, but no more than 10, years of post-training, professional experience. To meet this requirement, the applicant’s post-training, professional experience must have begun no earlier than June 1, 2005, and no later than July 1, 2011.
  • Principal investigator or Co-Principal investigator on at least one active, nationally competitive grant with an initial term of two or more years at some point from April 1, 2013 through July 1, 2015. Career development grants qualify. Multi-investigator grants may qualify.

Application Process

Establish eligibility and apply here:
For more information, including eligibility criteria and application process,


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,