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   from the issue of February 8, 2007

Research initiative takes aim at several federal agencies


The Office of Research has launched an initiative to pursue funding opportunities offered by several federal agencies. The initiative opened Feb. 8 with a meeting with NASA, and continues Feb. 9 and Feb. 13 with discussions with the U.S. Department of Energy.

According to an e-mail from Research, the aims of the meetings are to: learn about faculty research interests and strengths related to the research priorities of the federal agencies; and to explain the UNL networking process for connecting faculty with research programs and personnel at the federal agencies.

The overall goal is, to enhance UNL's ability to compete for funding at these agencies by identifying UNL research strengths and targeting efforts where they will be most effective.

The Feb. 9 meeting will be with the Department of Energy's Biological and Environmental Research program.

The Feb. 13 meeting is with the Department of Energy's Basic Energy Sciences program.

The Feb. 8 discussion centered on NASA's Science Mission Directorate, which is divided into categories of earth, sun, solar system and universe.

Researchers who attend the informational meetings and are interested in pursuing opportunities, must submit a curriculum vitae and white papers on individual research topics.

Researchers who best fit agency programs will be selected to travel to the agencies for meetings with program officers and administrators.

For more information on the initiative, contact Monica Norby at or 472-4180.



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