Research Funding

User-Fee Vouchers for the UNMC Advanced Microscopy Core Facility

Deadline for Proposals: April 10, 2015

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 four confocal microscopes with live-cell capability as well as a new, state-of-the-art Zeiss ELYRA PS.1 super-resolution microscope capable of epifluorescence, 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 anticipate that, in addition to the SR-SIM, which is now open for use, dSTORM, PALM and Total Internal Reflection Microscopy (TIRF), will be available in the future.

Further information about the core facility and its capabilities may be found on the Advanced Microscopy Core Facility website.

Purpose: The goals of this voucher program are to encourage and support usage of the microscopes by investigators for projects to help acquire preliminary data for external grant applications that would use the core facility and 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. 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 10, 2015

Earliest possible date vouchers would be available: May 4, 2015

For further Information:

Keith Johnson: 402-559-3890,

Rick MacDonald: 402-559-7824,

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