Funding and Training Opportunities

Funding Opportunties

The Great Plains IDeA-CTR Network is excited to announce pilot and early-career research funding opportunities for 2022-2023.

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).


Research Scholar Program (RSP) Funding

Funding deadline: June 20, 2022

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 preliminary research efforts/ career development, and 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.

Early Career Investigator Program

Funding Deadline: May 15, 2022

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

As needed expertise is not always readily available, 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, 2022.