Research Funding

2016 Nebraska EPSCoR First Awards

Pre-Proposal Deadline:  September 19, 2016
Award:  $25,000

Nebraska EPSCoR has created a competitive FIRST Award grant program to help Nebraska early career faculty members initiate their research programs. This program is funded by an NSF infrastructure grant to Nebraska EPSCoR. The FIRST Award grant is limited to $25,000 for one year with a 100% matching requirement. Nebraska EPSCoR anticipates awarding approximately six grants. Each grantee is required to submit a CAREER grant proposal to the National Science Foundation (NSF) during or immediately after the end of the award period.

Who may apply: Assistant Professors in a tenure-leading position in any college/university in the state who are: a) in the first four years of their academic career; and b) eligible to apply for an NSF CAREER grant during the award period.

Type of eligible project: Any project that could qualify for support by a National Science Foundation standard research grant is eligible for a FIRST Award.

Match requirement and duration: An award amount is limited to $25,000 and requires a one for-one non-federal match (cash or in-kind). No Indirect Costs are allowed. FIRST Awards are granted for a period of one year, starting April 1, 2017, and ending February 30, 2018.

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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.

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