Research Funding

Nebraska EPSCoR – Early Career FIRST Award

Deadline for Pre-Proposals:  5 PM, Wednesday, July 7, 2021

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, PDF of instructions, and to submit a pre-proposal online.

RFA: CTR Superstar Competition

Application Deadline: September 22nd, 2017 (5 pm)

The Great Plains IDeA-CTR network is excited to announce a funding opportunity. The grant will be awarded at the GP IDeA-CTR Annual Scientific Meeting on October 23rd, 2017.

The goal is to raise awareness of CTR by promising scholars who are developing innovative tools and methods for medical research. The winning investigator/team will receive a pilot grant award to catalyze cutting-edge research that may translate to a sustainable product or a larger federal grant.

Application involves a brief research pitch (5 pages maximum) to include: project title, principle investigator(s), participating institution(s), study aims, hypotheses, methods (brief overview of design, study sample, measures, budget and statistical analysis plan), one year deliverables, and a statement addressing how the project advances CTR. In addition, applicants should provide a biosketch for PI and all key personnel.

The winner will receive up to $20,000 for one year, and access to resources of the GP IDeA-CTR to support these research efforts.


  • Current full time faculty appointment at a participating institution
  • Eligible to apply for NIH funds (i.e. US citizen or a permanent resident)
  • Project relevant to clinical and translational research
  • Must be able to attend and present pitch at CTR Superstar Dinner on October 23rd, 2017 if chosen as a finalist

For more information, visit the Great Plains IDeA-CTR webpage.

Please direct questions to Pamela Laws, Chief Scientific Administrator,

Nebraska Center for Substance Abuse Research Pilot Grant

Due Date: July 28, 2017

The Nebraska Center for Substance Abuse Research (NCSAR) was established in 2015 with a mission to bring the power of science and research to bear on drug abuse and addiction, thereby improving the quality of life of the affected individuals, while reducing the health care costs in the state of Nebraska through innovative collaborative basic and clinical research, premier education programs, and outreach to those suffering from addiction.

The objective of the NCSAR pilot grant is designed to support innovative pre-clinical translational and clinical research projects to improve investigation, diagnosis and treatment of substance abuse related disorders. This first request for applications focuses on substance abuse and its consequences on the biological functioning within the CNS, with the ultimate goal of developing therapeutic strategies aimed at preventing and treating drug addiction and the associates co-morbidities.

More information and the application can be found here:

Eligibility: To be eligible for a NCSAR pilot grant, you must

  • possess a doctoral-level degree
  • have an academic appointment at or above the instructor (faculty appointment) level at one of our member institutions
  • be eligible to apply for an independent NIH R application

Established investigators in another field applying their expertise to drug abuse and addiction and meet the above criteria are welcome to apply. Applications must adhere to several criteria and will undergo a rigorous, objective review process.

Funding: Pilot grants are available up to $30,000 for one year.

Three grants will be awarded

  • one for pain research at UNMC
  • two for other substance abuse work; interdisciplinary and interinstitutional collaborations will be prioritized.

Pilot grants awarded are funded for up to one calendar year from the award date. If you have questions, please contact us.

Deadline: Applications must be sent as a PDF file to Sara Dejano before 4:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time, Friday, July 28, 2017.  Each applicant will receive a notice that his/her application has been received. If you have not received this receipt e-mail, please contact Sara Dejano.