Research Funding

IDeA Co-funding Initiative Announced

A request for nominations to the FY2018 IDeA Co-funding Initiative has been issued internally to NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs).

The IDeA Co-funding Initiative invites R01 and R15 submissions from NIH ICs.  The applications must be investigator-initiated and from institutions in IDeA-eligible states that were deemed meritorious in initial peer review, but are beyond the IC’s payline. The NIH ICs that have the primary assignment for the applications determine which of the applications they will nominate and send to NIGMS for consideration.

Investigators that are interested in their applications being considered for IDeA Co-funding should talk with the application’s Program Officer (PO) about their interest in this program. The deadline for nominations this year is COB April 6, 2018.

I serve as the NIGMS/IDeA point of contact for this initiative is and can be reached by phone (301-451-6416) or e-mail (rashada.alexander@nih.gov) with any questions about the program, so please contact me if you need more information. In addition, if your PO has questions about the program, please let them know that I am happy to answer their questions as well.

Best regards,

Rashada C. Alexander, Ph.D.
Program Director, Center for Research Capacity Building (CRCB)
National Institute for the General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
45 Center Drive, 2AS43V
Bethesda, MD 20892-6200
(301) 451-6416
rashada.alexander@nih.gov 
Pronouns: she/her/hers

UNCA Core Facility Grant Program for New Users

This grant program is aimed at encouraging new users to employ NU core facilities in their research. The program is open to all faculty from any of the NU campuses. Awards are intended to be used to gather new or additional data for strengthening a grant proposal (new or resubmission) or for addressing reviewer concerns associated with a peer-reviewed manuscript.

Eligibility: Any faculty member (Assistant, Associate or Full Professors and equivalent-rank researchers) employed by any University of Nebraska campus is eligible to submit funding applications if they (or students/staff within their research group) have not used a specific core facility (or new technology platform within a core) during the last two fiscal years (2016-2017, 2015-2016) and who require these services to generate data to support new/resubmitted grants or resubmitted/revised manuscripts. Existing core users that request the same technologies/services from other cores (for example, standard electron microscopy on a different campus) are not considered new users.

Application Process:  Applications must be submitted electronically via grants-awards.nebraska.edu. Download RFA information, including restrictions, reporting requirements, and detailed application instructions here.

Amount: The maximum request is $5,000 per core facility and a total of $9,000 per new user if more than one core facility is to be used.

Deadline: Proposals will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Please allow 2 – 3 weeks for review and decision on the proposal. Note that funds must be used by June 30, 2018; no new award will be made after May 1, 2018.

For more information about the campus cores on any campus or applications for this program, please contact your campus’ research office.  (UNMC: Paula Turpen, email or 402-559-6162)

Cancer Research, Biomedical Informatics, and Community Engagement Pilot Grant Program

Application Deadline:  January 31, 2018

The great Plains IDeA-CTR Network is issuing a request for application in 3 specialty areas:  Cancer Research, Biomedical Informatics, and Community Engagement.  Please see the area specific RFA’s on the GP IDeA-CTR website for specific information on each of these funding opportunities.

1) Cancer Research:  Up to $100,000 to be spent in 24 months, but must have a strong explanation as to why this project would benefit from two years instead of one year.  The goal of the pilot program is to provide support to the most promising and novel clinical-translational research (CTR) projects and help investigators obtain preliminary data necessary for successful investigator initiated extramural grants. Download the RFA.

2) Biomedical Informatics: A total of $35,000 will be awarded.  Individual awards will range from $2,500 – $20,000. Proposals can fall into one of two categories: Big Data and Data Demonstration.  The purpose of this funding program is to support preliminary studies demonstrating the use of large datasets in Clinical and Translational Research. Download the RFA.

3)  Community Engagement:  The goal of this funding program is to achieve community impact and advance science through partnerships between community organizations and Clinical and Translational Research investigators.  Proposals that are responsive to this call will include community partners as active collaborators across the span of idea generation, proposal development, study implementation, analysis and interpretation of the results, and development of future directions for both research and community impact.  Download the RFA.

for questions please contact the Great Plains IDeA-CTR Office at 402-552-2260 or email