Internal Funding & Collaborative Opportunities

Big Data

A faculty-led initiative to develop research and educational opportunities in data science for the life sciences. With unprecedented volumes of data being generated around the globe, it is clear that data science holds the promise of solving the most pressing issues of our times and the need for data scientists across all disciplines is at a critical juncture. Now more than ever, in this interconnected age of technology, data science is the key to unlocking opportunities in a vast number of fields. The QLSI is a university-wide, faculty-driven program to develop research and educational resources, expertise, and opportunities in data sciences for the life sciences. Learn more about this initiative here and to learn about the graduate program here

COBRE and related NIGMS programs

The Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program broadens the geographic distribution of NIH funding for biomedical research. The program fosters health-related research and enhances the competitiveness of investigators at institutions located in states in which the aggregate success rate for applications to NIH has historically been low. The program also serves unique populations—such as rural and medically underserved communities—in these states. The IDeA program increases the competitiveness of investigators by supporting faculty development and research infrastructure enhancement at institutions in 23 states and Puerto Rico. Click on the below link for additional information.

Early Career Workshop

is focused on the NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program and the NIH Career Development (K) Award.

Expert Review of Grant Proposals

The Office of Research and Economic Development is pleased to provide support to facilitate external expert review of extramural grant proposals. This type of peer review is valuable. Your proposal will benefit from critical feedback similar to that provided by a panel review and you will have the opportunity to address potential criticisms prior to proposal submission.

To take full advantage of this service, please request expert external review at least six weeks in advance of the proposal submission date. When you make your request, you will be asked to provide a list of at least four experts who, in your opinion, will provide objective, critical feedback regarding your proposal draft.

Reviewers are usually allowed two weeks to provide feedback, which means you should plan to have a draft ready for expert external review no less than one month prior to the submission date. Draft documents that may be included in the package sent for external expert review typically include:

  • Abstract or Project Summary
  • Project Narrative
  • Budget
  • Biographical Sketches
  • Introduction (if the proposal is a resubmission)

To request this service, please complete the form below or contact Tisha Mullen, director of proposal development (402.472.2894 or

Grant Writing Seminar

an annual Grant Writing Seminar, “Write Winning Grant Proposals,” is given at UNL by Grant Writers' Seminars and Workshops, LLC. This program addresses the practical and conceptual aspects of proposal writing, including developing ideas, identifying funding opportunities, writing for reviewers, and presenting a case for funding to reviewers. Each recipient receives a workbook tailored to the agency/type of agency from which he/she plans to seek funding.

Holland Computing Center

boasts the fastest resources in the state of Nebraska at two locations: the Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) at Omaha and the Schorr Center at UNL. Personnel based in each location assist users, engage students and researchers, and maintain systems. Crane checks in at 121 TeraFLOPS and is a Top500 Supercomputer. Red, serving the CMS project, stores over 4 petabytes of data. Tusker provides 256 GB of RAM per node for shared memory computing. HCC provides such services to researchers associated with any campus of the University of Nebraska system. Many are available in a shared manner for free, but dedicated (reserved) arrangements are also available for a modest price.

Molecular Mechanisms of Disease (MMOD)

The goal of our program is to develop outstanding new scientists who work in collaborative multi-disciplinary teams to research disease mechanisms using quantitative approaches that ultimately yield tangible strategies for prevention and therapy. Our program provides a framework for students to assemble a broad knowledge base, actively seek research collaborations, produce an outstanding record of original published research, and develop presentation, proposal-writing, and leadership skills that will position them for future excellence as independent researchers focused on mechanisms of disease progression.

NCIBC Membership

Intended to serve as a “mixing chamber” for diverse approaches and scientific expertise, the Nebraska Center for Integrated Biomolecular Communication (CIBC) promotes and coordinates collaborative, interdisciplinary research efforts focused on filling fundamental gaps in understanding spatial and temporal aspects of biomolecular communication. We encourage interested faculty across the university system to participate in the center and its activities. 


  • Priority access to all services provided by the Systems Biology Core (SBC) and the Data Management and Analysis Core (DMAC);
  • Eligibility to apply for SBC and DMAC vouchers for reduced cost services to obtain preliminary results for proposals;
  • Eligibility to apply for matching funds for seminar speakers and student/postdoc travel funds to present CIBC related research at scientific meetings;
  • Eligibility to participate in Center-facilitated, large, multidisciplinary grant proposals and training grant applications.


To apply, interested applicants should submit a brief letter expressing your interest in joining CIBC including:

  • A brief description of research interests relevant to CIBC’s thematic focus;
  • Your reasons for seeking center membership and any record of mentorship (for senior faculty);
  • A commitment to participate in Center activities and designating center membership in NUGrant;
  • NIH-style (five-page-max) Biographical Sketch.

Center membership will be reviewed by the CIBC Internal Mentoring and Advisory Committee with final approval by CIBC Directors Takacs and DiRusso.

Please submit application materials to: Paula Adams, Coordinator CIBC at

Research Development Fellows Program (RDFP)

is a year-long program that provides fellows learning activities aimed at planning research projects, identifying funding opportunities, planning and drafting effective grant proposals, and developing an understanding of the proposal review process. Fellows also receive travel funding to network with program officers and for external expert review of a grant proposal prior to submission. To date, four of the five project leaders have completed the RDFP.

Applications to participate in the RDFP are welcome from pre-tenure faculty members hired by UNL within the last four years. Visiting, adjunct and research-track faculty are not eligible to apply. Program participation is limited to 20 fellows per year. Fellows who participate in the RDFP may not re-apply in subsequent years.

To apply to participate in the RDFP, click here.

For more information, contact Tisha Mullen, director of proposal development, 402-472-2894.