Research Funding

UNCA Core Facility Grant Program for New Users

This grant program is aimed at encouraging new users to employ NU core facilities in their research. The program is open to all faculty from any of the NU campuses. Awards are intended to be used to gather new or additional data for strengthening a grant proposal (new or resubmission) or for addressing reviewer concerns associated with a peer-reviewed manuscript.

Eligibility: Any faculty member (Assistant, Associate or Full Professors and equivalent-rank researchers) employed by any University of Nebraska campus is eligible to submit funding applications if they (or students/staff within their research group) have not used a specific core facility (or new technology platform within a core) during the last two fiscal years (2016-2017, 2015-2016) and who require these services to generate data to support new/resubmitted grants or resubmitted/revised manuscripts. Existing core users that request the same technologies/services from other cores (for example, standard electron microscopy on a different campus) are not considered new users.

Application Process:  Applications must be submitted electronically via Download RFA information, including restrictions, reporting requirements, and detailed application instructions here.

Amount: The maximum request is $5,000 per core facility and a total of $9,000 per new user if more than one core facility is to be used.

Deadline: Proposals will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Please allow 2 – 3 weeks for review and decision on the proposal. Note that funds must be used by June 30, 2018; no new award will be made after May 1, 2018.

For more information about the campus cores on any campus or applications for this program, please contact your campus’ research office.  (UNMC: Paula Turpen, email or 402-559-6162)

Cancer Research, Biomedical Informatics, and Community Engagement Pilot Grant Program

Application Deadline:  January 31, 2018

The great Plains IDeA-CTR Network is issuing a request for application in 3 specialty areas:  Cancer Research, Biomedical Informatics, and Community Engagement.  Please see the area specific RFA’s on the GP IDeA-CTR website for specific information on each of these funding opportunities.

1) Cancer Research:  Up to $100,000 to be spent in 24 months, but must have a strong explanation as to why this project would benefit from two years instead of one year.  The goal of the pilot program is to provide support to the most promising and novel clinical-translational research (CTR) projects and help investigators obtain preliminary data necessary for successful investigator initiated extramural grants. Download the RFA.

2) Biomedical Informatics: A total of $35,000 will be awarded.  Individual awards will range from $2,500 – $20,000. Proposals can fall into one of two categories: Big Data and Data Demonstration.  The purpose of this funding program is to support preliminary studies demonstrating the use of large datasets in Clinical and Translational Research. Download the RFA.

3)  Community Engagement:  The goal of this funding program is to achieve community impact and advance science through partnerships between community organizations and Clinical and Translational Research investigators.  Proposals that are responsive to this call will include community partners as active collaborators across the span of idea generation, proposal development, study implementation, analysis and interpretation of the results, and development of future directions for both research and community impact.  Download the RFA.

for questions please contact the Great Plains IDeA-CTR Office at 402-552-2260 or email

PCORI Funding for Pharmacological Treatment for Anxiety in Children, Adolescents, and/or Young Adults

LOI Deadline:  February 13, 2018
Town Hall Information Session:  January 31, 2018

Pharmacological Treatment for Anxiety in Children, Adolescents, and/or Young Adults – Cycle 1 2018

Notice of Upcoming PCORI Funding Announcement (PFA)

Research Initiative Highlights
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) seeks to fund high-quality clinical studies that compare the effectiveness of two or more pharmacological treatments for moderate to severe anxiety in children, adolescents, and/or young adults (e.g., comparisons of shorter-acting to longer-acting selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) or comparisons of SSRIs to selective serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)) delivered in conjunction with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or an alternative evidence-based psychological intervention.

For this PFA, PCORI is broadly interested in comparisons that are relevant and applicable to a spectrum of developmental stages represented by patients in the age range of 7 through 25 years. Applicants will be asked to clearly define the specific age range to be studied, and to provide a scientific rationale for the proposed study population.

Each proposed comparator must be clearly defined, evidence-based, and widely available, and applicants should ensure that all comparators are appropriate for the age range and disorder severity of the study population. Studies with a minimum follow-up period of one year from baseline are sought, with two years of follow-up preferred. In addition, all studies funded through this initiative must include robust sample sizes of at least 300 participants, with sufficient power demonstrated to conduct proposed analyses.

The maximum project budget is $15 million in direct costs, with a maximum project duration of five years.

This PFA preannouncement is provided to allow potential applicants additional time to identify collaborators, obtain stakeholder input on the research question, and develop responsive, high-quality proposals. Further details will be available in the full announcement to be released on January 16, 2018.