Research Funding

Neuroprotection/Repair Therapeutics in MS

Deadline:  December 19, 2018

Through Fast Forward, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society has released a Request for Proposals to fund drug development opportunities for therapies promoting neuroprotection and repair relevant to multiple sclerosis.

  • Pre-Applications will be accepted starting October 24, 2018 
  • Final date for acceptance of pre-applications: December 5, 2018
  • Full Proposals will be due no later than December 19, 2018

Areas of high impact include:

* Therapeutic approaches that directly promote remyelination and/or neuroprotection — including stimulation of endogenous repair and cell-based approaches;

* Therapeutic approaches that directly modulate pathological innate immune responses;

* Proof-of-concept studies with repurposed FDA-approved therapies that have defensible intellectual property or strong commercial viability.

Appropriate proposals include, but are not limited to:

* Early-stage target validation;

* Optimization of pre-clinical compounds;

* PK/ADMET studies for valid compounds in development;

* Imaging studies to measure target occupancy or studies to measure target-related pharmacodynamic effects that could support a future clinical trial.

Research areas NOT supported by this RFP:

Assay development
Target identification studies
* High-throughput screening efforts


This RFP is open to commercial organizations and not-for-profit research institutions collaborating with a commercial organization. Consistent with our goal to support research and development conducted with a high level of quality control typical of the pharmaceutical industry, proposals from not-for-profit institutions will be considered if a majority of the work is conducted at reputable Contract Research Organizations with appropriate expertise relevant to the proposal.

Read more about this opportunity and how to apply.

UNMC Multiple Myeloma Program Travel Award

The UNMC Multiple Myeloma Program announces that funds will be available to help support travel costs for trainees presenting myeloma-related research at national meetings. The awards will be up to $1000 and will help cover the costs of the meeting (e.g., registration, travel, lodging).

Criteria for the awards are:

  • Trainee status
  • First authorship on an abstract
  •  Abstract accepted for presentation
  • Myeloma-related research

Please mail (Zip 6840) or email the completed form and supporting documentation (see attached) to Sarah Holstein.  download the form UNMC Multiple Myeloma Program Travel Award Application Form.  Please contact Dr. Holstein with questions.

Nebraska EPSCoR FIRST Awards Grant

Deadline for Pre-Proposals:  5 PM, Monday, October 1, 2018

Funded by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) infrastructure grant to Nebraska EPSCoR, the competitive FIRST Award grant program provides assistance to Nebraska’s early-career, tenure-track faculty. The grants are designed to help early career faculty initiate their research programs and compete more effectively for NSF CAREER grants. Any project that could be supported by a National Science Foundation competitive research grant is eligible.

Approximately six FIRST Award grants are awarded each year; the awards are limited to $25,000 each and require a one-for-one match. An assistant professor in a tenure-leading position in any of the the colleges or universities in the state is eligible to submit a pre-proposal. The faculty member must be in his or her first four years of initial academic appointment at the time of submittal. Any project that potentially could be supported by a NSF competitive research grant is eligible.

Phase one of the application process involves the submission of a short pre-proposal that will be reviewed by a panel comprised of members of Nebraska’s scientific community. Ten or fewer proposals are invited to advance to the final phase: the submission of a full, NSF CAREER-like proposal. Full proposals from these finalists will be evaluated using NSF proposal review criteria by external experts in the field. The Nebraska EPSCoR Committee will select FIRST Award recipients.

Grantees are required to submit a CAREER Award proposal to NSF within the next award period. Check Nebraska EPSCoR’s Requests for Proposals page for submission details and to submit a pre-proposal online.