The University of Nebraska Collaborative Initiative, a program designed to help researchers be more competitive in pursuit of extramural funding, will hold a retreat Oct. 31 at the Nebraska Innovation Campus conference center.
In its fifth year, the initiative aims to foster meaningful collaborations that leverage the full intellectual capacity of faculty across the NU system.
The 2019-20 request for applications seeks research projects from multi-campus, multidisciplinary teams. Topics will not be predefined, but applications must be designed to strengthen the team’s future competitiveness for extramural funding. The following grants will be available:
Planning Grants: One-year grants (up to $20,000 each) to build new collaborations across the university system.
Formed/Forming Team Seed Grants: Two-year grants (up to $150,000 each) to enhance research collaborations among faculty that have had modest levels of previous collaboration.
Team Strengthening Seed Grants: Two-year grants (up to $300,000 each) to support existing faculty research collaborations so that teams become more competitive for significant extramural research funding.
Research with a Global Impact: Up to two seed and two planning grants available to facilitate and strengthen research collaborations among faculty engaging in extramurally-fundable international research. These are new grants this year.
“The Collaboration Initiative has helped spark new and exciting connections between faculty across diverse disciplines and campuses. I’m grateful to the campus research offices, faculty and staff for their leadership and energy,” said David Jackson, interim executive vice president and provost. “We hope faculty will take advantage of this opportunity to build partnerships, maximize our competitiveness, and ultimately expand the impact of their work even further.”
Faculty must attend the day-long Collaboration Initiative Retreat to be eligible for funding from the program. Registration is no-cost but must be received via the online registration portal by Oct. 24.