Funding and Training Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

The Great Plains IDeA-CTR Network will be announcing the 2023 pilot opportunities soon. These awards are available to full-time faculty at the following institutions: UNMC, UNO, UNK, UNL, Creighton University (CU), Children’s Hospital and Medical Center (CHMC), Boys Town National Research Hospital (BTNRH) and Omaha VA Medical Center (O-VAMC).


Pilot Project Funding Opportunities: Earliest funding start date July 1, 2023.


Team Research Pilot-2022 funding cycle is now closed. Next RFA will be released in August 2023.

This award provides funding to support existing teams/CTR projects that have preliminary data but need further development before being able to submit for external funding.

  • Up to $75,000 in direct costs for a one-year project will be awarded
  • LOI required
  • Example RFA: 2022 Team Research

Tech Transfer Pilot-2022 funding cycle is now closed. Next RFA will be released in August 2023.

The Tech Transfer projects are focused on translation of intellectual property into clinical and/or community applications. Funds would be used to support investigators obtaining additional data to support patent applications, SBIR/STTR applications, other sponsored research, and/or licensing agreements.

  • Up to $50,000 for a one-year project will be awarded
  • LOI required
  • Example Tech Transfer RFA: 2022 Tech Transfer

Heart and Vascular Pilot-2022 funding cycle is now closed.

 This funding mechanism is only available for UNMC faculty and is for projects that are related to heart and vascular research, including but not limited to cardiac pathology, hypertension, stroke, kidney disease, and vascular focused research.

Data Science Pilot-Applications Due: November 28th, 2022 (Update: Deadline Extended to December 9th, 2022)

Data science is an interdisciplinary field that uses scientific methods, processes, algorithms, and systems to extract and data across a broad range of application domains. This award focuses on artificial intelligence and machine learning research and will provide up to $30,000 in direct costs for one year.

Novel Methodology Development Pilot-Applications Due: November 18th, 2022

The methodology pilot is an opportunity for Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design. Successful applicants will receive up to $30,000 in direct costs for a one-year project. The purpose of this funding program is to promote development and use of novel statistical methodological tools. The goal is to support investigators in obtaining extramural funding for developing novel statistical and research design methodology.

 Community-Engaged Research Pilot-Applications Due: November 18th, 2022

The intent of this award is the generation of preliminary data for feasibility and acceptability trials for projects that have an existing or forming community-academic partnership and focused on how to improve community health.

Community-Engaged Capacity Development Pilot-Applications Due: November 18th, 2022

The purpose of this award is to provide seed funding for investigators working to (1) develop or engage community partnerships for project design or planning purposes or (2) engage Practice Based Research Networks to identify local priorities and begin project planning.

Superstar Award-2022 Funding cycle closed. Next RFA will be released in September 2023.

This funding is intended for projects that develop innovative tools and methods for medical research.

  • Up to $20,000 in direct costs for a one-year project will be awarded
  • View this year’s RFA: 2022 Superstar

Research Scholars Program (RSP) Funding

*This opportunity is only available when current Scholar’s graduate from the program. Future announcements will be sent out through the GP-CTR membership email listserv. To become a member, click here.

The RSP funding opportunity is for geared toward early career faculty focused on data science. This award provides up to $25,000/year and salary support of 50% FTE for up to four years for to provide the opportunity to collect preliminary research effortsdata/, build their career development, and share access to research resources of the Great Plains IDeA-CTR. Areas of interest include AI, precision health, machine learning and related techniques, bioinformatics, and health informatics. There are two types of RSP award foci. See the RFA examples below for more details.

The goal of the Scholars Program is to develop successful clinical translational research (CTR) investigators by providing them with the protected time and seed grant funding to develop competitive CTR R01, K, or equivalent funding within 3-4 years. Scholar’s accepted into the program will receive salary support of up to 50% FTE (25% supported by NIGMS and 25% supported by the applicant’s institution, including fringe benefits consistent with the applicant’s institution) as well as up to $25,000 annually to support preliminary research efforts for up to four years.

Early Career Investigator Program

*The next RFA will not be released until Spring 2024.

The ECIP is a new funding opportunity to support early career faculty. This award will provide up to $15,000/year for up to 2 years to support early career faculty by helping them develop a R or K award or equivalent research career development application. The program will help network participants with appropriate mentors, identify training needs, and develop and implement a feasibility research project which will require participation in a longitudinal grant-writing boot camp during the first year of funding.

Mini-Sabbatical (MSab) Funding

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

The Mini-Sabbatical program allows CTR faculty to participate in short-term research immersion opportunities. The goal is to facilitate knowledge acquisition to enhance grant competitiveness. A mini-sabbatical, usually completed in 1-2 weeks, is intended to meet objectives based on the individual’s previous knowledge, experience, specific interests, research and/or training goals. These awards, of up to $2,500 each, must be spent with the sabbatical completed by June 30, 2023. Number of awards given may be capped based on available funding.