Research Funding

PCORI Reopened Funding Announcements Focus on Opioids, MS

PCORI is now accepting Letters of Intent (LOI) under two reopened targeted PCORI Funding Announcements (PFAs). In one, PCORI is offering up to $30 million for studies comparing two or more strategies to treat multiple sclerosis (MS), focusing on therapeutic effects, quality of life, and functional status. In the other, PCORI is offering up to $19 million for studies of clinical strategies for managing and reducing long-term opioid use.

LOIs are due Tuesday, Nov. 1.

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NPOD Special Seed Grant Funding RFA

Amount:  $27,624 with no option to renew
Due Date:  September 30, 2016
Funding Period:  Intended start December 1, 2016. Concludes May 31, 2017

The Nebraska Center for the Prevention of Obesity Diseases (NPOD), funded by a Center for Biomedical Research Excellence grant (Award Number P20GM104320) from the NIH, invites applications for its SEED GRANT competition. This is special, one-time, funding of $27,624 available for projects with a required end date of May 31, 2017, with no exceptions.  The primary objective of this seed grant program is to stimulate research in the area of obesity research and nutrient signaling and to enhance competitiveness in obtaining extramural support.

More information and the application can be found here:

Health Disparities Pilot Grant

A Vice Chancellor for Research Pilot Grant Program

Deadline:  September 15, 2016
Award:  $50,000

Purpose:  Reducing health disparities is one of UNMC’s primary goals. Often health disparities are complex and require larger teams with a variety of skills to identify novel strategies to address them. This RFA has been developed to support new or expand existing teams for the development or study of innovative strategies for reducing health disparities, particularly those identified within our region.

Health disparity Definition (per Healthy People 2020): “Although the term disparities is often interpreted to mean racial or ethnic disparities, many dimensions of disparity exist in the United States, particularly in health. If a health outcome is seen to a greater or lesser extent between populations, there is disparity. Race or ethnicity, sex, sexual identity, age, disability, socioeconomic status, and geographic location all contribute to an individual’s ability to achieve good health”

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Download Application and Budget Sheet

Submission Information

Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on September 15th, 2016.  Applications submitted after the deadline will be returned to the applicant without review.

Applications must be submitted electronically as a single pdf file to Deborah Hawkins at

For additional information contact:  Paula Turpen, Director of Research Resources (402) 559-6162.