Research Announcements

User-Fee Voucher Program for UNMC Advanced Microscopy Core Facility Announced

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 microscopes with live-­cell capability as well as a new, state-­of-­the-­art Zeiss ELYRA PS.1 super-­resolution microscope capable of 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 support an applications specialist whose job is to promote the use of super-­resolution techniques so that a broader swath of the research community uses dSTORM or PALM.

Further information about the core facility and its capabilities may be found on our main website:
https://www.unmc.edu/vcr/cores/vcr-­cores/confocal-­microscopy/index.html

Purpose: The goals of this voucher program are to encourage and support usage of the microscopes by investigators for projects (1) to help acquire preliminary data for external grant applications that would use the core facility and (2) 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. Blanket requests for $2,500 without a thoughtful projection of your likely needs will be given low priority for funding. 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 21, 2017
Earliest possible date vouchers would be available: May 15, 2017

For further Information:
Keith Johnson: 402-­559-­3890, kjohnsonr@unmc.edu
Rick MacDonald: 402-­559-­7824, rgmacdon@unmc.edu

IDeA-CTR Funding Programs Announced

Deadline:  Multiple Deadlines (January 2017)

The GP-IDeA CTR has announced two funding opportunities.  The IDeA-CTR Scholars Program and the IDeA-CTR Pilot Grant Program.  Download the RFAs to read the details for each program and their deadlines.

Pilot Grant RFA
Scholars Program RFA

For information regarding the Pilot Grant Program contact Dr. Howard Fox.  For information regarding the Scholars Program contact either Dr. Ted Mikuls or Dr. Lani Zimmerman

LB506 Cancer and Smoking Grants 2017 Call OPEN

Deadline:  Friday, January 20, 2017

Program Summary

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NE DHHS) announced the Fiscal Year 2018 Cancer and Smoking Disease Research Funds grant competition. Funded by LB506, this program focuses on reducing cancer and smoking-related diseases. The program gives priority to scientific technical or behavioral research proposals relating directly to the prevention of cancer and smoking-related diseases. Preferred applications will focus on innovative, new research that could support future proposals for external peer-reviewed funding.

Interested Principal Investigators (PIs) must submit applications to SPAdmin by Friday, January 20, 2017.

Award

Up to $50,000 for the period of July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018

  • No indirect costs allowed
  • No salary support for the PI or other faculty on full-time appointments allowed
    • 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%

Download the RFA

Download the UNMC Internal Instruction Summary

Questions?  Contact Sponsored Programs Administration