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Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) - Division of Public Health - Office of Community Health

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04/28/21 4:00 PM CST


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Grants to Nebraska researchers and research institutions for stem cell research projects. Research projects conducted under this program must not use stem cells acquired from human embryos. Funding is intended for equipment, consultant costs, eligible salary costs, and travel.

In the 2008 legislative session, the Stem Cell Research Act (Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 71-8801 et seq., “The Act”) was passed. The Act established the Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee (“The Committee”). The Committee is responsible for developing a grant process and making grants to Nebraska institutions or researchers to conduct stem cell research that does not use human embryonic stem cells.

For purposes of the Act, human embryo means the developing human organism from the time of fertilization until the end of the eighth week of gestation and includes an embryo or developing human organism created by somatic cell nuclear transfer; somatic cell nuclear transfer means a technique in which the nucleus of an oocyte is replaced with the nucleus of a somatic cell.

Selection Criteria

  • Significance: Does this study address an important problem? If the aims of the application are achieved, how will scientific knowledge be advanced?
  • Approach: Are the conceptual framework, design, methods, and analyses adequately developed, well-integrated, and appropriate to the aims of the project? Does the applicant acknowledge potential problem areas and consider alternatives?
  • Innovation: Does the project employ novel concepts, approaches, or methods? Are the aims original and innovative? Does the project challenge existing paradigms or develop new methodologies or technologies?
  • Principal Investigator: Is the PI appropriately trained and well suited to carry out this work? Is the work proposal appropriate to the experience level of the PI and other researchers (if any)?
  • Environment: Does the scientific environment in which the work will be done contribute to the probability of success? Do the proposed experiments take advantage of unique features of the scientific environment or employ useful collaborative arrangements?

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GrantWatch ID#: 195270

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum per grant award is $110,000 for twelve months.

Term of Contract:

The Budget Period is the time during which a successful Applicant may incur costs and expend awarded funds to carry out the work authorized under this RFA and the resulting Grant. The initial Budget Period for this RFA is from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants will be awarded to Nebraska institutions or researchers as defined below:

Sponsoring Institution: Preference will be given to funding proposals submitted by Nebraska institutions that have an ongoing, large-scale research program that is conducive to the completion of a complex project in stem cell research that does not use human embryonic stem cells.

Principal Investigator: The leader of a project is the “principal investigator”. Researchers with a doctoral degree in science (PhD or equivalent), or a professional degree in a medical field (MD, DMD, DVM, or similar), are eligible to submit a proposal to the Committee as a Principal Investigator (PI). The PI must be employed at an institution in Nebraska that meets the criteria for “Sponsoring Institution” (see above). Researchers that are classified as post-doctorates or fellows are not eligible to apply.

No Principal Investigator may hold more than a single grant at a given time.

Professional salaries for the Principal Investigator and doctoral level co-investigators as well as clerical or administrative assistance are not allowed (but may be included in the matching funds).

Pre-Application Information:

Schedule of Events:
- Release RFA March 19, 2021
- Last day to submit written questions: April 2, 2021
- State responds to written questions through RFA “Addendum” and/or “Amendment” to be posted to the Internet: April 14, 2021
- Application Review Period Begins (Application due date): April 28, 2021 4:00 pm CST
- Evaluation Period: Begins April 29, 2021
- Post “Intent to Award” to Internet: June 28, 2021
- Budget Period Start*: July 1, 2021

*The Budget Period start may occur before a Grant is finalized, agreed to, and executed by the parties. Because this is just the period during which costs may be incurred, it does not reflect that any agreement between DHHS and any successful Applicant has gone into effect or is binding in any way. No binding agreement has been made between DHHS and any Applicant until a Grant is fully executed by both parties.

Each Sponsoring Institution or researcher must provide a dollar-for-dollar match. The matching funds must be obtained from sources other than funds provided by the Act (e.g., principal investigator’s salary provided by the sponsoring institution, other research grants from federal sources, stipends for students and post-doctorates).

Each Sponsoring Institution may submit a maximum of five (5) proposals in a given funding cycle.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Questions must be sent via e-mail to

Applicants must submit a complete Application, including all the parts required herein:

1. Electronically via email to The subject of the email shall indicate “RFA # (with the appropriate number filled in): Response of [Name of Organization].”

2. Submission directly to the POC via United States Postal Service mail:

Andy Budell
301 Centennial Mall S
Lincoln, NE 68509

3. Hand delivered responses or responses delivered by FedEx or UPS should be delivered to:

DHHS - 3rd Floor Reception Desk
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509

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