Research Funding

Kendal Charitable Funds Accepting Applications for Promising Innovations

Letters of Intent due:  June 13, 2016

As a system of nonprofit communities, programs, and services founded on the principles of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Kendal Charitable Funds aspires to transform the experience of aging. Kendal affiliates work together within the Kendal System and with caring people outside of it to transform our culture’s view of aging and of older persons, stressing the potential for fulfillment and continuing contribution during the later stages of life.

Through its Promising Innovations program, Kendal will award grants of up to $25,000 in support of programs that respond to challenges of aging individuals in rural places.

Organizations with an IRS Section 501(c)(3) or 7871 status are eligible to apply.

Letters of intent must be received no later than June 13. Upon review, selected organizations will be invited to submit a full application by August 5, 2016.

See the Kendal Charitable Funds website for complete program guidelines, information about previous recipients, and application instructions.

Collaborative Pilot Project Grants Call for Proposals

The Nebraska Center for Cellular Signaling announces the request for the next round of collaborative applications.  This funding is available to support collaborative projects amongst current and past NCCS CoBRE investigators and their collaborators.

One of our major goals is to support projects where it is judged likely that the investigators will submit meritorious, multi-investigator proposals to external agencies within 6 months after the completion of the NCCS pilot project. Another goal is to promote appropriate application and use of NCCS core technology, especially the UNMC Advanced Microscopy Facility. More mature collaborations that utilize this core facility will have an advantage over less developed partnerships.

Awards will be made for 1-2 years with funded amounts up to $100,000 per project
Download the RFA

Please direct all questions to Keith Johnson at email or 559-3890 or Rick MacDonald at email or 559-7824. Applications must be submitted electronically to Michele Griebel at email no later than May 16, 2015.

Proposals will be evaluated for scientific merit by our External Advisory Board. As in the past for internal review mechanisms such as this, we will not be providing detailed critiques of proposals that are not recommended for funding.


2016 NE DHHS LB606 Stem Cell Research Project

Internal Deadline:  Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

Program Summary & Background

UNMC is allowed to submit five applications to NE DHHS so Principal Investigators (PI’s) who are interested in submitting applications must first participate in UNMC’s internal screening process by submitting a one-page project description and biosketch. A total of approximately $437,000 is available for the 2016 competition.

In 2008, the Nebraska State Legislature adopted the Stem Cell Research Act (LB 606), which established a Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee to facilitate the awarding of grants to Nebraska institutions or researchers for conducting stem cell research that does not use human embryonic stem cells.

UNMC Internal Review Process

Applicants must email the following to Deborah Hawkins at by March 23rd:

  • One page project description in PDF format
  • Biosketch in PDF format

An internal review committee will evaluate the project descriptions based on the selection criteria in the linked RFA and invite five investigators to submit full applications to NE DHHS. Based on previous reviews of the full applications, it is recommended that special emphasis be placed on the translational merits of the proposed projects. Thus, the internal review committee will be asked to evaluate the therapeutic potential associated with each proposed project, in addition to the “Selection Criteria” indicated in the RFA.


Up to $110,000 for a one-year period (July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017)

  •  Indirect costs are unallowable
  • Salary support for the PI, doctoral level co-investigators, and administrative or clerical assistance is unallowable
  • Note: UNMC requires researchers to commit effort to projects for which they will serve as PIs. To minimize cost-share, SPAdmin recommends committing no more than 10%


  • A proposal may not be an extension of a project previously funded by LB606; it should be substantially different enough to be clearly a new project
  • Renewals of existing projects are not allowed
  • There is no prohibition for a current grantee to apply for the new RFA


Wednesday, March 23, 2016…..One-page Project Description & Biosketch (PDF only) due to Deb Hawkins (

Wednesday, March 30, 2016…..Five (5) UNMC Applicants announced by Review Committee

Wednesday, April 13, 2016……..Full applications due to SPAdmin by 5pm to allow for processing

Monday, April 18, 2016………….Signed applications submitted to NE DHHS by SPAdmin via PDF

Mid-June, 2016……………………Selection of awards by NE DHHS

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