Research Announcements

Student Opportunity: Washington D.C. Professional Enrichment Academy

The University of Nebraska’s Federal Relations Team is working with campus counterparts to promote the Summer 2020 D.C. Professional Enrichment Academy in Washington, D.C. Applications are being accepted now, with the final deadline on April 15.

This is the third summer for the Academy, which provides students from across the University of Nebraska who are interning in D.C. with a free, value-added program. The D.C. Academy meets once a week in the evening and connects students with prominent alumni and each other. Guest speakers cover topics such as “Policymaking in Congress” and “The News Media in American Democracy.”

This is a great opportunity for students to benefit from thoughtful mentoring and programming, expand their network and learn to transition from college into their professional careers.

Faculty who are interested in sharing this information with their students can find more details in this announcement.

Please contact the University of Nebraska Federal Relations Team with any questions at

NPOD Project Leader RFA 2019

Deadline:  September 15, 2019
Link to RFA

The Nebraska Center for the Prevention of Obesity Diseases through Dietary Molecules (NPOD) seeks to identify a new cohort of project leaders, effective June 1, 2020. The NPOD is funded by a Center for Biomedical Research Excellence Phase II grant (award number P20GM104320) from the NIH, and builds research infrastructure in obesity research and nutrient signaling at UNL and UNMC.

Both pre-tenure (junior investigators) and established investigators are invited to apply. Established investigators are expected to have a track record of competitive external funding.

Project leader funding is the highest level of support provided by NPOD. Pre-tenure project leaders will be paired with mentors to guide them to success, defined as securing independent external funding. Established investigators will be matched with mentors if so desired.


  • UNL or UNMC faculty at all ranks are eligible to apply
  • The proposed research must focus on obesity-related metabolic diseases, or signaling by nutrients or bioactive food compounds
  • Project leaders will devote six person-months for junior investigators and three person-months for established investigators to their NPOD project
  • Previous project leaders are not eligible to apply

Time line:

  • Letters of intent must be received by NPOD no later than September 15, 2019, 5:00 p.m. CDST (see Instructions, below)
  • Select applicants will be invited in late September to submit a full proposal
  • Full proposals (NIH R01 style) will be due no later than November 15 2019, 5:00 p.m. CST
  • NPOD reviewers will review applications throughout November using NIH review criteria and make recommendations for funding to the center’s external advisory committee (EAC)
  • NPOD’s EAC will review and approve/disapprove proposals (December of 2019)
  • NIH will review for compliance and approve/disapprove proposals for funding in January or February of 2020
  • Funding will start June 1, 2020


  • Letters of intent must be received by NPOD no later than September 15, 2019, 5:00 p.m. CDST
  • Letters must provide the following information:

~        Cover letter with contact information (no more than one page)

~        Brief outline of the proposed (one page, Arial 11, 0.5” margins): at a minimum state the central hypothesis, specific aims, a short description of methods, and plans for future funding. Note that NPOD will provide funding of up to $150,000 per year for up to three years (no F&A, no equipment); the proposed research must be appropriate for the level of funding.

~        NIH-style biosketch (no more than five pages)

  • Submit letters of intent to Dr. Janos Zempleni and/or Ms. Sarah Gibson (see below for contact information)

Next steps:

  • NPOD will contact select applicants with additional information

Additional information:

  • NPOD project leaders will become members of the center (see for benefits)
  • Project leaders are expected to participate in monthly NPOD meeting, spring retreats, fall research symposia, and provide written progress reports in preparation for annual renewals with NIH (typically in February/March), and oral reports to the EAC (typically in September)

Contact information:

Figures & Speech: Public Speaking for Scientists Webinar

Tuesday, July 23, 1 PM – 1:45 PM CDT

Presenter: Davene R. Wright, PhD, University of Washington

Learn practices for giving good scientific talks from the title page to the acknowledgements. Dr. Wright will offer tips for capturing your audience’s attention, managing performance anxiety, soliciting useful feedback, graphic design, and more.

Davene Wright, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington and an Investigator in the Center for Child Health, Behavior, and Development at Seattle Children’s Hospital. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmacy in the University of Washington Comparative Health Outcomes, Policy, and Economics (CHOICE) Institute. Dr. Wright received her doctorate in Health Policy and Decision Sciences from Harvard University. Her research aims to improve the supply of and demand for efficient health care that can improve the management of pediatric chronic diseases, with a focus on childhood obesity.

Register Today!
Limited spaces are available. Registration will close on July 19, 2019 or when space is filled.

Sponsored by the American Heart Association.