Research Funding

Searle Scholars Program

Internal Submission Deadline:  Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The University of Nebraska has been invited to select one candidate to apply for the 2019 Searle Scholars Program Competition.  The Program awards funding for research related to medicine, chemistry, and the biological sciences.  Awardees receive $100,000 per year for three years.

Detailed eligibility information may be found at:  Searle Scholars

Last year’s Searle Scholars Program awardees may be found at: Searle Scholars 2018 Awardees

Individuals who were nominated for awards last year but were not awarded still may meet the eligibility for criteria for the 2019 competition.  If you wish to nominate such an individual, please notify Dr. David Jackson in the Provost’s Office, and he will contact Searle’s scientific director to discuss the situation.

The Searle Program provided a sample application form in order to get an advanced view of the questions that will appear in the online application (contact the provost office to obtain a copy).  NOTE: This is NOT the actual application form.

Those who are eligible and wish to apply should plan to submit their current CVs and answers to the following questions using the format requested on the draft application form.  The UNMC applicants should be submit their draft to Deborah Hawkins in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research by email no later than 5:00 PM, Wednesday, August 1st.

  • Contact & Abstract (pages 5-7 of PDF):
    • Name
    • Campus address, phone number, and email (instead of “Institution Where Award will be Held”)
    • Title of Proposed Research
    • Major Areas of Doctoral and (if applicable) Post-Doctoral Research
  • Application (pages 9-10)
    • Dissertation:  List the title of doctoral dissertation and provide brief summary and its importance to its field of study
    • Post-Doctoral Research:  Provide brief summary of post-doctoral research, telling its importance to its field of study (if applicable)
  • Application (pages 14-15)
    • Research: Anticipated Activities during Award Period (percent effort out of 100)
    • Research Program
    • Research Proposal
  • Application (page 16)
    • Career Goals

Each institution will forward to the Provost’s Office up to three candidates for consideration no later than August 17, 2018, based on their internal selection process.  Materials should be sent electronically to Cathy Robertus with a carbon-copy to David Jackson.

The Provost will ask the Selection Committee to review the applications and provide a recommendation no later than September 7.  The Provost’s Office then will submit the NU nominee through Searle’s online application system.  Once nominated, the NU applicant will receive an email with instructions to access the online system; once notified, the applicant will be able to refine his/her application materials with the assistance of campus proposal/award support staff.

The NU nominee should plan to submit his/her application online so that it is received prior to the September 28 deadline.  A copy of the nominee’s submitted materials also should be forwarded to the Provost’s Office.

FY19 NASA Nebraska EPSCoR Statewide Pre-Proposal Competetion

Pre-Proposal Due:  May 21, 2018

In anticipation of a national NASA EPSCoR Request for Proposals, the NASA Nebraska EPSCoR program invites pre-proposals for participation in the next national competition.  While there is no RFP from NASA at this time, and no official date as to when the RFP will be issued, the NASA Nebraska EPSCoR program is initiating this pre-proposal process at the state level to evaluate research with merit for full development upon NASA’s official announcement of the national competition. NASA Nebraska EPSCoR will only consider successful pre-proposals from this call to be eligible in the national NASA EPSCoR competition upon release of an RFP.


Eligibility requirements:
• Faculty members at Nebraska colleges and universities
• Previous NASA-related research; priority will be given to those with a documented history of funded collaborative research with NASA scientists
• No more than one pre-proposal per faculty member As NASA has not yet distributed an RFP or indicated whether Nebraska will be eligible this year, the established due date for Pre-Proposals is tentative.

The scope of the work should be aligned with the anticipated budget amount of $621,250 over 3 years. A minimum of $375,000 in matching funds or cost share will likely be required by NASA and this may be in kind or cash.

A signed letter from the College Dean(s) must be uploaded with the pre-proposal. The pre-proposal will not be forwarded for review if it does not state the College’s commitment to the estimated $375,000 cost share. Cost share may be either cash, in kind, or a combination of both.

Pre-Proposal Submission
Although a due date is stated above, this date is subject to change based on the actual RFP release date from NASA. It is possible the due date could be earlier. Late pre-proposals will not be considered. Proposers must submit per the requirements on the NASA Nebraska InfoReady Review website:

Download the announcement here.

Health Disparities Pilot Grant RFA

Deadline:  March 15, 2018

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. Priority will be given to proposals focused on known health disparities of our region and proposals that will have the greatest reach for numbers of persons impacted.

Read the full RFA here.

AWARD DESCRIPTION: $50,000 for one year with potential renewal for an additional year.

ELIGIBILITY: Any UNMC faculty from any college; including faculty who have a signed employment agreement in place with a start date of November 1, 2017 or before.

Download the Health Disparities Application and the RFA Instructions

Download the required Budget and PHS forms


Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on March 15, 2018.  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.