Research Funding

Optimizing Value in Health Care: Consumer-Focused Trends from the Field

Deadline:  March 3, 2015
Amount:  from $200,000 to $400,000 to accommodate studies of 12 to 18 months
Sponsor:  Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


This solicitation seeks to better understand consumer perceptions of value in the new and emerging health care landscape and to fund research studies that will allow for rapid learning from the field on consumer valuation of health care. Funded studies will cover a diverse set of topics and will help inform the development of tools, resources and policies to support consumers in making high-value decisions that benefit them and other stakeholders.

Link to RFA

2016 McKnight Memory and Cognitive Disorders Award

Deadline: April 1, 2015
Award amount: $100,000/year for three years

The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience supports innovative research designed to bring science closer to the day when diseases of the brain can be accurately diagnosed, prevented, and treated. To this end, the McKnight Memory and Cognitive Disorders Award assists scientists working to apply the knowledge achieved through basic research to human brain disorders that affect memory or cognition.

Use of Award Funds
We are interested in proposals that address memory or cognition under normal and pathological conditions. This includes proposals that address mechanisms of memory or cognition at the synaptic, cellular, or behavioral level in animals, including humans. We are particularly interested in proposals that incorporate fundamentally new approaches, as well as those that involve human experimentation. Collaborative and cross-disciplinary applications are encouraged.
Projects restricted to the creation of conventional mouse knockouts in candidate disease genes identified by association studies, or to broadly overexpress those genes, are discouraged. In addition, projects to perform genetic interaction screens on disease genes in model organisms (yeast, worm, fly, fish) will not be considered, unless the project includes substantive specific aims that investigate the disease relevance of any new genes so discovered in human or mammalian model systems.

Investigators who are conducting research at institutions within the United States are invited to apply. Applicants must be in tenured or tenure-track faculty positions; research faculty in annually renewable positions are ineligible. Applicants may not be employees of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute or scientists within the intramural program of the National Institutes of Health. Applicants may not hold another McKnight Award that would overlap with the Memory and Cognitive Disorders Award. We are interested in geographic, gender, and racial diversity and we encourage women and minorities, as well as scientists from around the U.S., to apply. Funds may be used toward a variety of research activities, but not the recipient’s salary. The candidate’s other sources of funding will be considered when selecting awards.
Selection Process
For an application form, please visit our website at, or email or call the office of The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience (; 612-333-4220). The deadline for submission is April 1, 2015. In mid June, the selection committee will invite a small number of applicants to submit more detailed proposals, which will be due September 9, 2015. Funding begins February 1, 2016. Please email ONE PDF file and include the application form, the 2-page project description, and a 4-page NIH bio sketch to: (references may be outside the 2-page limit, but may be no more than two pages). Please do not include a budget. If you do not receive email confirmation of receipt of your LOI within 5 business days, please contact Eileen Maler at 612-333-4220 or
The Endowment Fund will fund up to four awards, each providing $100,000 per year for three years.

NE LB506 Deadline Approaching

UNMC Internal Deadline:  Friday, February 6, 2015
Submit applications to SPAdmin by 5 PM to allow for processing

Program Summary

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NE DHHS) has announced the Fiscal Year 2016 Cancer and Smoking Disease Research Funds grant competition.  Funded by LB506, this program focuses on reducing cancer and smoking-related diseases.  Scientific biomedical and behavioral research proposals relating directly to the prevention of cancer and smoking-related diseases – or to the prevention or cessation of smoking in racial/ethnic minorities – will be given highest priority.

Interested Principal Investigators (PI’s) are invited to submit applications to SPAdmin by Friday, February 6, 2015.


Up to $50,000 for the period of July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016

  • Indirect costs are unallowable
  • Salary support for the PI or other faculty on full-time appointments is unallowable
  • 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%

Application & Format

Task Detailed Instructions Who Deadline
Prepare application & appendix; save as directed per NE DHHS instructions Prepare one PDF of application & letters
PDF Title: PI name (Last, First, Middle) LB506 2016
Prepare one PDF of all appendix materials
PDF Title: PI name (Last, First, Middle) Appendix
PI/Dept. 2/6/15
Email application & appendix documents to SPAdmin Email application PDF & appendix PDF to by 5pm on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015To ensure a competitive application, please be available for questions prior to the NE DHHS deadline. PI/Dept. 2/6/15
Prepare & route internal forms Generate routing form & budget in ADIS; send to SPAdmin for review PI/Dept. 2/6/15
Submit application to NE DHHS Upon final review & authorized signature, SPAdmin will submit application/appendix to NE DHHS SPAdmin 2/9/15
Submit protocol approvals Send verification of protocol approval for IRB, IACUC & IBC to NE DHHS SPAdmin 4/6/15

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