Research Funding

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:

Nebraska Center for Cellular Signaling Pilot Grants

The Nebraska Center for Cellular Signaling, with funding provided by NIGMS, the Buffett Cancer Center, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, and the Dean of the College of Dentistry, is again offering funding for our Pilot Project Grant Program for 2015.  Details of the funding opportunity, eligibility criteria, and directions for preparation and submission of the application are provided in the RFA-Pilots-15c .

Award Amount:  up to $100,000
Deadline:  May 1, 2015

Please direct all questions to Keith Johnson at or 559-3890 or Rick MacDonald at or 559-7824. Applications must be submitted electronically to Tina Poole at no later than May 1, 2015.