Research Funding

Caspar Wistar Fellows Program

Deadline: January 29, 2018
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The Caspar Wistar Fellows Program (Program) will recruit two exceptional post-doctoral fellows as independent investigators, creating a springboard for the Caspar Wistar Fellows (Fellows) to facilitate a subsequent faculty appointment and join the next generation of scientific leaders.

The Wistar Institute Vaccine & Immunotherapy Center and The Wistar Institute Cancer Center comprise a group of 35 exceptional faculty dedicated to fundamental and translational research in cancer biology, immunology, virology and genetics. Fellows will be provided their own research space, resources and support needed to run their own labs and pursue their own independent research agenda. Fellows will be appointed for a three-year term with the possibility of extending an additional one to two years.  Two Fellows will be recruited in 2018: one Fellow with a cancer focus that will join Wistar’s NCI-designated Cancer Center and one with a vaccine/immunology focus that will join Wistar’s Vaccine & Immunotherapy Center.

Program candidates must demonstrate intellectual drive and superior research credentials, a particularly creative and innovative research plan, strong communication skills, and the motivation and demonstrated capacity to conduct research with minimal supervision. Candidates whose work is based on biological principles, but incorporates concepts from diverse fields, are encouraged to apply. Candidates must hold a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree. Candidates are expected to have a strong publication.

The search committees will be led by established Wistar faculty and program leaders who are ideally suited to recognize how well a prospective candidate fits within the overall Wistar mission, and its specific programs. Interested candidates should electronically submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a description of previous research (one page), a concise statement of research plans (up to two pages), reprints of four publications and the names of three references to the attention of Maria Colelli, Search Coordinator Caspar Wistar Fellows Program (   Please see our ads online in Nature and Science magazines. Applications will be evaluated by January 29, 2018.   Interviews will be held beginning in April 2018.


Call for Applications for Imaging Related Pilot Project Grants

Nebraska Center for Nanomedicine (NCN)

It is recognized that adding non-invasive imaging studies to characterize biodistribution and efficacy is difficult and expensive. This Request for Applications is designed to remove the steep initial barrier to investigating the ability of imaging methods to enhance studies developing nanoformulated drugs. This funding is available to support costs of imaging and image processing among current and potential future NCN CoBRE investigators and their collaborators.

One of our major goals is to support projects where it is judged likely that the investigators will generate a peer-reviewed manuscript and submit meritorious proposals to external agencies within 6 months after the completion of the NCN pilot project. Another goal is to promote appropriate application and use of NCN core technology, especially the UNMC Bioimaging Core Facility (Small Animal MRI).

Awards will be made for a 5 month period with funded amounts up to $10,000 per project.

Budget Guidelines:

The budget must not exceed $10,000 total.

The budget will cover time charges for small animal MRI use that is $160/hr. Time charges includes the cost of a trained technologist for animal handling and scanning as well as aid and training for data processing and interpretation.

Submission deadline: December 11, 2017
Peer Review Date(s): December 18, 2017
Start Date(s): January 1, 2018

The funds are to be used to offset the high cost of imaging services, allowing meritorious use of these facilities at no cost to the investigator.


Please direct all questions to Yutong Liu at or 559-8340 or Tatiana Bronich at or 559-9351.  Applications must be submitted electronically to Chris Allmon ( no later than December 11, 2017

Application Instructions:

  • Format: Three page description of the proposed project, following the NIH format guidelines (specific aims, research strategy, etc.).
  • The proposal should include clear plans outlining the contents of the manuscript to be submitted upon completion of the project as well as plans for future funding requests.

Eligibility and Requirements:

  • All full time faculty at UNMC are eligible. The projects related to nanomedicine will have a priority but all other areas of research will be considered
  • Early-stage investigators are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • 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.
  • It is our intention to fund those projects most likely to result in meritorious applications being submitted to external funding agencies such as the NIH.
  • We will accept applications seeking support for projects that already have seed grant support from other sources. However, such applications must make it unambiguously clear how NCN funds will add to the likelihood of a meritorious proposal being submitted.
  • We ask that applicants verify that all regulatory affairs requirements are being satisfied and, if applicable, provide IACUC protocol numbers. If such protocols have not yet been approved, the investigators will be obligated to provide evidence of protocol approval (protocol number and approved application) before funding can commence.
  • We require a final progress report sent to the NCN no later than 30 days after the end of pilot grant support. The reports will contain a summary of progress and scholarly activities such as presentations and publications. These annual/final reports will be reviewed by the NCN internal advisory committee and then the reports will be included as part of our annual progress report to the NIH.

Review of Applications:

All proposals will be evaluated for scientific merit by our Internal Advisory Board.  As in the past for internal review mechanisms like this, we will not be providing detailed critiques of proposals that are not recommended for funding.

If you have questions about this RFA, please, e-mail or call Dr. Yutong Liu ( or 559-8340).

Chronic HIV and Aging In NeuroAIDS (CHAIN) Developmental Core – Request for Applications

Deadline:  December 18, 2017

The Developmental Core grant program is designed to mentor and support new investigators and new ideas in HIV/AIDS research related to effects of chronic HIV infection, co-morbidities, and aging on the central nervous system (CNS) including sex differences and viral reservoirs.

Applications are accepted from junior investigators and from established investigators in other fields applying their expertise to HIV/AIDS. All applicants must have faculty-level appointments within the University of Nebraska system. Applications must adhere to several criteria and will undergo a rigorous, objective review process.

Developmental grant recipients gain rapid financial support for their studies and access to many CHAIN Center core resources. The success of the Developmental Core, and continued National Institute of Mental Health funding, depends on subsequent grants and publications arising from work supported by the CHAIN Center Developmental Grants.’’

Developmental grants can be awarded for up to $50,000 for one year.

For complete instructions, guidelines, and links to forms visit:

Chronic HIV and Aging In NeuroAIDS 2017 Request for Applications