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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Revitalization Act authorized the NIH to establish the Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program in support of biomedical research and training in 1993; Nebraska was designated eligible for this program the same year.

The program's intent is to help participating states develop biomedical research and education infrastructures, thus increasing competitiveness of science and engineering researchers and attracting funding to these states. IDeA grants are not administered through the Nebraska EPSCoR office, but are awarded directly to the participating research institutions or to the researcher. Nebraska has received over $47 million in IDeA funds since 1993.

IDeA operates two funding mechanisms in support of its goals, the IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) and the Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE).

INBRE grants promote biomedical research and encourage students to pursue biomedical research careers. Nebraska's participating colleges and universities offer training, mentoring, fellowships and research projects to undergraduate and graduate students while investing in biomedical research facilities. In 2009, Nebraska was awarded a 5-year, $17 million grant in support of its INBRE program, which involves seven undergraduate institutions, three outreach institutions and three Ph.D. granting institutions. For more information, visit the Nebraska INBRE website.

COBRE grants establish thematic, multi-disciplinary research centers at independent biomedical research institutes or biomedical research institutions that award doctoral degrees in the health sciences or related sciences. Collaboration with other non-doctoral degree granting and research-performing institutes or institutions is encouraged within IDeA-eligible states only. Matching funds are not required for these applications, but clear evidence of institutional commitment must be included. An institution may not have more than three active COBRE awards.

Nebraska's currently funded COBRE grants:

CIBC: Center for Integrative Biomolecular Communication (UNL)
Nebraska Center for the Prevention of Obesity Diseases through Dietary Molecules (UNL)
Center for Research in Human Movement Variability (UNO)
The Center for Molecular Biology Neurosensory Systems at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)
The Nebraska Center for Cellular Signaling at the UNMC College of Dentistry
The Redox Biology Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL)
The Nebraska Center for Drug Delivery and Nanomedicine at UNMC
The Nebraska Center for Virology at UNL

National Science Foundation
U. S. Department of Energy
National Institute of Health

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