New UNL Life Sciences grant competition announced


Vice chancellors Ronnie Green and Prem Paul announce the 2011 UNL Life Sciences competitive grants program, which includes opportunities for enhancing interdisciplinary teams and facilitating UNL and industry partnerships, all in the life sciences.

Faculty interested in competing for the awards are required to submit letters of intent no later than 5 p.m., Dec. 21. A website with instructions for applying and preparing a full proposal and request for applications is at Maximum award is $100,000 per year for each of two years for the "Enhancing Interdisciplinary Teams in Life Sciences" grant; and $50,000 per year for each of two years for the "Facilitating UNL and Industry Partnerships" grant. The second grant requires a cash match from an industry partner.

The 2011 UNL Life Sciences competitive grants aim to enhance life science-related, interdisciplinary research projects campuswide; increase competitiveness of UNL faculty for extramural funding in the life sciences; attract industry partners that may lead to occupancy at Nebraska Innovation Campus; and respond to the needs of Nebraskans.

Deb Hamernik, associate dean of the Agricultural Research Division, is coordinating and leading the program. She can be reached for questions at

The seed grants will spark and advance research that relates to the opportunities and challenges facing the life sciences. Disciplines may vary depending on the issue being addressed, Hamernik said.

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