Research Funding

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 preproposal 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.

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)