Research Funding

NSF EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations (RII Track-2 FEC) Award

Deadline: Anticipated to be January 2015

Nebraska EPSCoR anticipates issuance of a request for proposals by the National Science Foundation for its new EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations (FEC) award program in early November Preparations to respond to this RFP must begin now. The major proposal conditions will be:

  1. a) Research collaboration between a minimum of two EPSCoR jurisdictions (the EPSCoR jurisdictions are listed at the bottom of this call),
  2. b) Nebraska may submit only one proposal for which one of its faculty is serving as the lead PI of the multi-jurisdictional proposal,
  3. c) Nebraska faculty can serve as Co-PI on any number of other Track 2 proposals,
  4. d) PI’s and Co-PI’s must be active researchers in the field of proposed research activities,
  5. e) Proposals should budget funds to recruit or develop junior or early-career faculty, and
  6. f) The NSF proposal will be due in late January 2015.

Award Size and Duration:

  • Maximum award $6M over four years
  • Maximum award per year $1.5M regardless of the number of jurisdictions
  • Maximum award per jurisdiction $500k per year

Focus Areas for FY 2015 solicitation:

  1. Understanding the Human Brain
  2. Water-Energy-Food Nexus

A.  Understanding the Human Brain

NSF’s goal is to enable scientific understanding of the full complexity of the brain, in action and in context, through targeted, cross-disciplinary investments in research, technology, and workforce development. RII Track-2 FEC proposals on Understanding the Brain should focus on one or more thematic areas of the NSF BRAIN Initiative (

  • Multi-scale Integration of the Dynamic Activity and Structure of the Brain – elucidate and link dynamics of the brain and neural circuits with brain function, including its real-time physiological, behavioral and cognitive outputs.
  • Neurotechnology and Research Infrastructure – create tools to image, sense, record and affect real-time brain function and complex behavior, and develop theories and systems to collect, visualize, analyze, model, store, and distribute BRAIN data.
  • Quantitative Theory and Modeling of Brain Function -reveal emergent properties of the brain and provide predictive theoretical frameworks to guide future research.
  • Brain-Inspired Concepts and Designs- capitalize on insights gained from BRAIN to inspire novel conceptual paradigms and innovative technologies and designs that will benefit society.

B. Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus

The WEF Nexus is a complex, global grand challenge that reflects the interconnectedness and interdependencies among these resources. Proposals in the WEF Nexus area must integrate all three elements of the nexus. Emphasis must be on transformative research that improves fundamental understanding of the underlying dynamics, processes, and interactions between WEF systems. Proposals to apply existing methods or technologies to demonstrate or quantify aspects of the WEF Nexus will not be considered by NSF.

WEF Nexus Example Thematic Areas:

  • Integrated analysis and modeling- develop analytical methods and models to identify critical connections to global and regional energy and water resources that influence food production, investigate relationships among food, water, and energy technology options and socioeconomic factors such as population fluxes in urban and rural areas, economic drivers, and competing resource demands.
  • Advanced materials and technological solutions - development of materials and technologies that can yield economically-relevant improvements in the WEF nexus.
  • The integrated science behind improvements of feedstock production systems, including aquaculture -the area encompasses improved understanding of the basic processes and interactions that underpin crops, agricultural, and aquaculture techniques that improve water quality, co-production and value-added products that reduce energy intensity and environmental protection across the food productions lifecycle. Basic and fundamental research bridging the hydrological, environmental, ecological, geochemical, energy, and engineering sciences is encouraged.
  • Advanced sensors and analytics- technologies for reliable measurement-based data of water availability, quality, and demand to support food and energy production and deliver relevant land-use and climate scenarios to support decisions related to water and resource allocation. Technologies may include subsurface sensing and characterization, remote sensing, and treatment systems to tailor water quality to specific food and energy production requirements.

Contact the UNMC Office of Research, 559-8490 or Associate Vice Chancellor for Basic Science Research for further information.  NSF EPSCOR RII Track-2 FEC 2014

The Melanoma Research Alliance 2014-2015 Request For Proposals

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.

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 is attached and can be accessed at:



NASA EPSCoR Call for Pre-Proposals

LOI Deadline:  November 10, 2014

Pre-Proposal Deadline:  November 17, 2014

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 proposals from across the state.  The selected proposal or proposals are 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 Intentfrom interested researchers across the state. Letters of Intent for this year’s funding cycle are due on November 10, with Pre-Proposals due on November 17.

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 attached document, please contact Michaela Lucas at or 402-554-3772.

PDF Research Grant Deadline Factsheet-2014-15 Final