Research Funding

Komen Small Grant Opportunity

The Susan G. Komen Great Plains 2018 Small Grant opportunity RFA will be accepting applications for up to $5,000 to fund breast health education/outreach, conferences, capacity building, and (new this year) transportation assistance programs to reduce cost barriers for women to access breast cancer screenings in Nebraska and the Dakotas. Additionally we accept applications requesting up to $2,000 for health professional travel grants. A list of priority geographic areas based on the Nebraska and South Dakota Community Profiles can be found on Page 4 of the RFA. Feel free to contact Mikayla Findlay ( or Melissa Baron ( with questions.

 Application access will be available starting May 1st 2017 in our online grants systems (GeMS, accessible here: and will be accepted until June 1st 2017 at 5 p.m. CT.  You need to be registered within the GeMS system within the Nebraska Affiliate in order to start and complete an application. If you forgot your GeMS login information, please just call our office and we can reset it over the phone.

If you have never applied for a Komen Great Plains small grant, please give us a call so we can discuss your project and online access before starting your application.  (Office:  402-502-2979 ext 205 or  

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NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards (DP5)

LOI Deadline:  August 22, 2017
Amount:  up to $250,000/year
Eligibility:  Only up to two applications per institution are allowed

he NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards initiative is funded through the NIH Common Fund, which supports cross-cutting programs that are expected to have exceptionally high impact. All Common Fund initiatives invite investigators to develop bold, innovative, and often risky approaches to address major problems that are especially daunting or to seize new opportunities that offer the potential for rapid progress.

The NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards provide an opportunity for exceptional junior scientists to accelerate their entry into an independent research career by forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period. Though most newly graduated doctoral-level researchers would benefit by post-doctoral training, a small number of outstanding junior investigators would benefit instead by launching directly into an independent research career. For these select investigators, who have established a record of scientific innovation and research productivity and who have demonstrated unusual leadership, drive, and maturity, post-doctoral training would unnecessarily delay their entry into performing independent research. By the end of the award period, the Early Independence investigator is expected to be competitive for continued funding of his/her research program and for a permanent research-oriented position. The NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards also provide an opportunity for institutions to invigorate their research programs by bringing in the fresh perspectives of the awardees that they host.

The NIH recognizes a unique and compelling need to promote diversity in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences research workforce. The NIH expects all of its efforts to diversify the workforce to lead to the recruitment of the most talented researchers from all groups; to improve the quality of the educational and training environment; to balance and broaden the perspective in setting research priorities; to improve the ability to recruit subjects from diverse backgrounds into clinical research protocols; and to improve the Nation’s capacity to address and eliminate health disparities.  Applicant institutions are always encouraged to consider talented researchers from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research, including underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, persons with disabilities and women for participation in all NIH-funded research opportunities.

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MS Career Transition Fellowships

MS Research Funding Opportunity:
Career Transition Fellowship
Preliminary Application Due MAY 10

The National MS Society is seeking proposals from promising investigators to train and transition into research careers focused on multiple sclerosis:

Career Transition Fellowships

Preliminary applications due May 10; full applications due August 16

The Career Transition Fellowship targets current postdoctoral trainees who demonstrate both commitment and exceptional potential to conduct MS-related research.

Applicants must hold a doctoral degree (M.D., Ph.D. or equivalent) and must be in a research-oriented postdoctoral training program at an academic, government, or non-profit research institution.

Applicants must have between three to five years of postdoctoral research experience at the time of application.

The award provides approximately $550,000 over five years to support a two-year period of advanced postdoctoral training in MS research and the first three years of research support in a new faculty appointment.

To submit a preliminary application for research support, investigators must use our Apply Online site and complete a pre-application. Staff will review the pre-applications and selected applicants will be invited to submit full proposals.

Deadline: Preliminary application due May 10; Full application due August 16

Read more about this funding opportunity and access instructions for applying