Research Funding

Basic & Translational Research on the Zika Virus RFA

2016 Request for Applications

Deadline:  July 10, 2016
Download the complete NNA RFA 2016 Zika Virus final
Link to program announcement and forms

Program Guidelines

The Nebraska Neuroscience Alliance Endowed Fund (NNA) and the Center for Neurovirology and Neurodegenerative Disorders Multiple Sclerosis Research Excellence Fund at the University of Nebraska Foundation are pleased to announce the first request for proposals for basic and translational research on the Zika Virus (ZIKV) and its complications.

This grant will support a single award up to $85,000 supporting an interdisciplinary research team for studies on the immunologic, virologic or neurodevelopmental consequences of ZIKV exposure during pregnancy, the early postnatal period and/or its linkages to autoimmune disorders such as multiple sclerosis. The research would focus primarily on the ability of ZIKV infection to alter the developing central nervous system, including relevant cognitive and behavioral outcomes. NNA program staff will also review and consider applications over a broad range of disciplines beyond the listings of the RFA.

Applications need to include a research plan up to six pages with specific aims, background, preliminary data, research plan and intended outcomes including federal grant proposals, along with a detailed budget and biographical sketches of participating faculty members.

The deadline for submission is July 10, 2016 with review and funding decisions made by August 1, 2016.

Areas of priority include:

  • Investigations of the mechanisms by which ZIKV affects the developing nervous system.
  • Studies of virus-cell biology, replication cycle, cytopathicity and modes of entry.
  • Studies of immunity at the cellular and innate levels.
  • Studies to identify risk for sequelae in exposed but uninfected infants.
  • Investigations of the developing nervous system in regards to sites of viral replication and secondary glial-neuronal responses.
  • Studies to assess and characterize the neurodevelopmental consequences of ZIKV infection.
  • Use of unique biomarkers to assess infection and secondary sequelae.
  • Vaccine development and preventative strategies.

Contact Information

Howard E Gendelman, MD, email or 402-559-8920

NPOD Project Leaders Call for Proposals

The Nebraska Center for the Prevention of Obesity Diseases through Dietary Molecules (NPOD) seeks to identify a new cohort of project leaders. The NPOD is funded by a Center for Biomedical Research Excellence grant (award number P20GM104320) from the NIH, and builds research infrastructure in obesity research and nutrient signaling at UNL and UNMC.

The NPOD supports up to five project leaders at any given time. Project leader funding is the highest level of support provided by NPOD, and project leaders will be paired with mentors to guide them to success, defined as securing independent federal funding.

Letters of intent are due August 1, 2016, with a funding start date of June 1, 2017.

The RFA can be found at: http://cehs.unl.edu/npod/project-leader-rfa-2016/

 

Kendal Charitable Funds Accepting Applications for Promising Innovations

Letters of Intent due:  June 13, 2016

As a system of nonprofit communities, programs, and services founded on the principles of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Kendal Charitable Funds aspires to transform the experience of aging. Kendal affiliates work together within the Kendal System and with caring people outside of it to transform our culture’s view of aging and of older persons, stressing the potential for fulfillment and continuing contribution during the later stages of life.

Through its Promising Innovations program, Kendal will award grants of up to $25,000 in support of programs that respond to challenges of aging individuals in rural places.

Organizations with an IRS Section 501(c)(3) or 7871 status are eligible to apply.

Letters of intent must be received no later than June 13. Upon review, selected organizations will be invited to submit a full application by August 5, 2016.

See the Kendal Charitable Funds website for complete program guidelines, information about previous recipients, and application instructions.