Faculty Support Programs

II. FACULTY SUPPORT PROGRAMS

A. Seed Grant
Description Non-tenured and new Faculty are especially encouraged to apply to the seed grant program. The goal of this program is to provide the resources necessary to begin a long-term program of research. This program can also be utilized to support projects that are preliminary to larger works, especially those in preparation for an external grant application.
Project Period

September Applications:         10/1 - 6/30

April Applications:                    7/01 - 6/30

Funding Limit $4,000 plus up to $2,000 in student assistant wages.
Cost-Share Mandatory (ask your department chair and dean for support)
Allowable Expenses

Supplies, travel, operating costs, transcription, participant payments, and student research assistant wages. Please note that faculty wages are unallowable expenses.

Deliverables

Final Report due 6 months after the end date of the project. Additionally, all projects are expected to produce either an external grant submission, a work of peer-reviewed scholarship or creative work, or both. 

B. Diversity Seed Grant
                         The diversity seed grant follow all of the same guidelines as the general seed grant outlined above. The purpose of this grant is to reward and encourage outstanding research and creative activity by faculty and staff that addresses diversity in any and all forms. In order to remain inclusive, diversity has no strict definition for this award. however, a brief list of topics that would fall under the purview of diversity include race, ethnicity, ability, gender, sexuality, and age, but this list is not meant to be exclusive or exhaustive. 
C. Collaborative Research Grants
Description

The purpose of this program is to support collaborative activity among scholars on campus and with other institutions. Each proposed project should have meaningful participation from faculty in at least two different departments, which may include scholars from other institutions. Proposals may request support for creative activities, research, or planning and development activities that will lead to larger scholarly projects. Priority will be given to collaborations that include multiple UNK departments.

Project Period

April Applications:                    7/01 - 6/30 (Up to 2 years)

Funding Limit $15,000 ($5,000 per UNK represented department [up to 3]) plus up to $3,000 in student assistant wages. 
Cost-Share Mandatory (ask your department chair and dean for support)
Allowable Expenses

Supplies, travel (including collaborative meetings), operating costs, transcription, participant payments, and student research assistant wages. Please note that faculty wages are unallowable expenses.

Deliverables

Final Report due 6 months after the end date of the project. Additionally, all projects are expected to produce an external grant submission (e.g. $300,000 request or more with full indirect recovery).

Additional Information

All projects must describe a plan for future extramural funding applications. Priority will be given to projects where the collaborations are across colleges and where there is a mix of junior and senior faculty.  

D. Scholarly Release Program
Description Proposals should describe a specific scholarly project that will be conducted during the semester, which should result in a work of high academic caliber. Proposals should explain why the work needs to be done during the upcoming semester, and should describe a specific project outcome for the semester. Proposals will be selected on the basis of specific and feasible plans, academic rigor, and potential for dissemination in high level forums.  
Project Period

September Applications:        Spring Semester Release
April Applications:                   Fall Semester Release

Funding Limit NA - Funds will cover release from one class. 
Deliverables

Final Report due 6 months after the end date of the project. 

Additional Information You MUST have permission from your department chair to apply. Examples of acceptable academic projects include books and major grant applications to federal agencies.  
E. NIH R01 Release Program
Description

The NIH R01 release program offers course buyouts for faculty to write an R01 to the National Institutes of Health. The Senior Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs has provided funding for 3 such awards in the Spring of 2018 and the Fall of 2019. Interested faculty should have a track record of external grant procurement and an idea worthy of R01 level funding. Priority will be given to NIH-defined early stage investigators and/or investigators with current funding that is generating pilot data for the proposed R01.

 
Project Period

September Applications:        Spring Semester Release
April Applications:                   Fall Semester Release

Funding Limit NA - Funds will cover release from one course release. Additionally, successful applicants will receive $500 to contract an outside professional review of their R01 application. 
Additional Information An R01 submission to the National Institutes of health within the next two NIH cycles post-release period (e.g. Spring release recipients would need to submit an R01 by June 6 or October 6 and Fall release would need to submit an R01 by February 6 or June 6). 
F. Colloquium Program
Description This program aims to bring together scholars from a variety of fields unified by a common research theme in an effort to foster cross-disciplinary collaborations. The expectation is that these colloquia will build relationships that will grow into collaborative works and extramural funding.
Project Period

September Applications:        Spring Semester Release
April Applications:                   Fall Semester Release

Funding Limit NA 
Cost-Share

Mandatory (ask your department chair and dean for support)

Allowable Expenses

External speakers (honorariums and travel costs), meeting space, cost of food, promotional materials, student assistants, etc. 

Deliverables

Final Report due 6 months after the end date of the project. 

Additional Information

Each application must include at least two investigators from separate departments or centers. Teams of scholars from multiple colleges are especially encouraged to apply, as well as teams with more than two represented disciplines. All faculty and research staff are eligible. All projects must describe a plan for future extramural funding applications. Priority will be given to projects where the collaborations are across colleges and where there is a mix of junior and senior faculty.  

G. Rural Futures Institute (NU System)

The Rural Futures Institute is a Nebraska University System institute dedicated to the vitality of rural America. Vision statement: “Rural America unleashes the full potential of its leadership, economic capacity, cultural creativity and natural resources, creating explicit value for small and large communities within and beyond its geography. Rural places have become the legitimate best choice for leaders, businesses, families, graduates and explorers. Rural people earn global respect for fueling the future of humankind."

Teaching and Engagement:

Description Foster the development of teaching and engagement work that establishes a tradition of student learning through civic engagement, service learning or undergraduate and graduate community-based research projects.
Project Period 03/01/2018 submissions: 07/01/2018 - 06/30/2019
Funding Limit

$20,000

Cost Share

Mandatory (ask your department chair and dean for support)

Allowable Expenses

Faculty wages up to 0.5 Summer Months, students, personnel, travel, expendable supplies, and operating expenses.

Additional Information

Successful teaching & engagement proposals develop a structure that forms partnerships between students, faculty and community agencies or programs. They also encourage college student involvement in providing services to help meet the community’s needs, integrate meaningful student service experiences into curriculum and build curriculum-based reflection activities to enhance student learning.

 

Research and Engagement:

Description   Lay the foundation for larger funding requests beyond the University of Nebraska. Successful research & engagement proposals explicitly address transdisciplinary and collaborative considerations both internal and external to NU. Transdisciplinary work “utilizes a broad range of views and expertise, including community-based knowledge, to address contemporary rural issues.”
Project Period 03/15/2018 submissions: 07/01/2018 - 06/30/2020
Funding Limit

$75,000

Cost Share

Mandatory (ask your department chair and dean for support)

Allowable Expenses

Faculty wages up to 0.5 Summer Months, students, personnel, travel, expendable supplies, operating expenses, and equipment.

H. Nebraska University Collaboration Initiative (NU System)

The Collaboration Initiatives are designed to help University of Nebraska researchers become more competitive for extramural funding by helping foster meaningful collaborations that leverage the full intellectual capacity of faculty across our campuses.

System Science: Forming Team Seed Grant

Description Grant funding for the new System Science Collaboration Initiative is intended to facilitate and strengthen research collaborations between faculty in the broadly defined engineering and/or quantitative/data-science fields with any other discipline.
Project Period Early January submissions: 07/01/2018 - 06/30/2020
Funding Limit $150,000
Cost-Share

Mandatory (ask your department chair and dean for support)

Allowable Expenses

Students, personnel, travel, expendable supplies, and operating expenses. 

Additional Information

Enhance research collaborations among PIs that have had modest levels of previous collaboration.

 

System Science: Team Strengthening Seed Grant

Description Grant funding for the new System Science Collaboration Initiative is intended to facilitate and strengthen research collaborations between faculty in the broadly defined engineering and/or quantitative/data-science fields with any other discipline.
Project Period Early January submissions: 07/01/2018 - 06/30/2020
Funding Limit $300,000
Cost-Share

Mandatory (ask your department chair and dean for support)

Allowable Expenses

Students, personnel, travel, expendable supplies, and operating expenses.

Additional Information

Strengthen existing research collaborations so that faculty teams become more competitive for significant extramural research funding.

 

Planning Grant

Additionally, a new theme will be announced in the early part of the Fall Semester 2017, which will be eligible for the two seed grants outlined above, as well as a planning grant.

Description Build new collaborations across University of Nebraska campuses.                                                                                                                                                                                                
Project Period Early January submissions: 07/01/2018 - 06/30/2020
Funding Limit $20,000
Cost-Share

Mandatory (ask your department chair and dean for support)

Allowable Expenses

Students, personnel, travel, expendable supplies, and operating expenses. 

III. GRADUATE STUDENT SUPPORT PROGRAMS

Individual students may receive no more than one research award and one travel grant per fiscal year.

A. Graduate Student Research

This program provides support for graduate student research and creative activity, including theses, field studies, and scholarly studies.  Awards are competitively selected, and can reach a sum of up to $750 to be used for operating expenses, supplies, travel, and equipment.  Partial support is expected from the department and/or student(s).

Electronically submit your RSC representative-approved proposal through the RSC website on a rolling basis.

B. Graduate Student Conference Presentation

Funds are provided to assist graduate student presentations of research and creative projects at scholarly meetings.  Partial funding will be provided up to a maximum of $250, with the remainder expected of the student or department.  Documentation must be provided that the project has been accepted for presentation and that the student is presenting.  Students supported through this program are also expected to participate in the UNK Student Research Day held during the spring semester.  Support for multi-authored presentations may be reduced accordingly or limited to the first author.

The application for travel funds must include:
1. The RSC Online application form.
2. Budget.
3. The abstract or paper submitted for presentation consideration.
4. The acceptance letter (or email) of the presentation.
5. A description of the conference or event (including the name, dates, and location of the conference or event); whether it is an annual meeting or one-time event, regional or national meeting; location; type of participants (students, faculty, professionals in field).
6. A description of the student’s role in the presentation (paper presentation or poster).

Submit the request electronically to the Graduate Office at least one month prior to the event.

Travel support is also available through SET (Student Event Ticket) fee funds administered by the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (Warner 1000).