Research & Support in CEHS

The CEHS Grant Specialists assist faculty with obtaining funding for research projects both internally and externally to UNL. The Grant Specialists help faculty with the grant proposal preparation and submission process and with monitoring awards. The Grant Specialists can provide assistance with:

  • Assisting with budget preparation and drafting justification
  • Monitoring awards to ensure compliance with applicable laws and sponsor guidelines, and
  • Assisting with the management of budgets, expenses and personnel appointments

Grant Proposal Process

CEHS Grant Specialists are excellent resources for budget preparation, with knowledge about adequate funds for proposed research along with allowability of proposed costs, ensuring that no matching obligations are included when not required. Adequate time is required for proper pre-award reviewing so faculty are strongly encouraged to contact the appropriate Grant Specialist early in the grant application process.


Research Staff

Jonathan Carlson

Jonathan Carlson Grants Specialist - Lead

Spencer Hall Finance/Grants Specialist

Braxton Lindhorst

Braxton Lindhorst Grants Specialist

Jeff Mueri Grants Specialist

Susan Sheridan Associate Dean for Research and Creative Activity, Director of Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools and George Holmes University Professor, School Psychology

Full Susan Sheridan bio


CYFS Support Staff

Scholarly Enhancement

CEHS and Your Success

CEHS is committed to assisting faculty in developing their scholarship and professional lives. CEHS strives to provide support in the form of service centers for research and grant proposal development, as well as ongoing professional development insuring long term plans for scholarly success.

Your First Year

During the first year in CEHS at UNL, you will be engaged in a yearlong program to promote your success within the academy.

You will meet with faculty, peers and mentors to cover the following topics:

  • Establishing and understanding the academic community
  • Teaching in the academy
  • Research in the academy
  • Outreach in the academy
  • UNL and CEHS: Who we are and what we do
  • Faculty governance and academic freedom

Upon completion of the program with 80 percent attendance, faculty will receive funds for professional travel.

Your second and third years:

During the spring semester of your first year at UNL you will be encouraged to apply for the Scholarly Enhancement Program SEP. This is a two-year commitment by you, your department and the College to assist you in further developing your scholarship.

Scholarly Enhancement Year 1:

During the first year of SEP, you will focus on...

  • Writing for publication
  • Integrating their teaching, research and outreach
  • Securing internal resources to support their scholarship

Scholarly Enhancement Year 2:

During the second year of SEP, you will develop a “concept” paper for federal funding, learn more about how to achieve success in scholarship, and discover what it takes to...

  • Be successful in securing grants
  • Be productive as a grant writer
  • Scale up scholarship over the next 5 years

In addition, you will learn more about the following:

  • Broader impacts in developing grant proposals
  • Developing strategies for budgets
  • Understanding F&A and what it means
  • Understanding salary savings and the impact it can have CEHS; CYFS; IANR and ORED resources

At the end of the Year 2, all SEP participants will travel to Washington, D.C. to meet with federal funding agencies and program officers to share concept papers and pursue federal funding opportunities.

Beyond these activies, all SEP participants will receive one course release each year of SEP and funds to use for scholarship development.

Scholarly Enhancement Program Commitment Form

Internal Grants

Research Activities
Technology Innovation Projects

Student technology fees are intended to enhance student learning and the student experience.  The CEHS Technology Committee is allocating a portion of the student technology fees received by the College to support innovative projects that advance how we think about and use technology in this context.  The committee is particularly looking for projects that:

1)   are designed primarily to benefit to students’ learning experiences,
2)   provide an opportunity for the College to learn about the application of technology, and
3)   are replicable and have the potential to be adopted on a wider scale if effective.

Newman Dissertation/Thesis Research Travel Fund

This fund provides money to support travel to locations outside the USA and limited travel and travel related expenses within the non-USA location to enable a graduate student to conduct research that is essential to the completion of the thesis or dissertation.

Internal Funding Opportunities

Internal funds are available from the Office of Research and from the Research Council to support research, scholarship and creative activities through annual university-wide competitions. Applications for internal funding are submitted via the Internal Competitions module in NUgrant.

Graduate Travel Awards Program (GTAP)

The GTAP facilitates and promotes the intellectual and professional development of graduate students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and contributes to the strengthening of the University and its increased prominence in the greater scholarly community.

Research Support

Nebraska Evaluation and Research (NEAR)

The Nebraska Evaluation and Research (NEAR) Center's purpose is to promote sound statistical, measurement, and research (e.g., Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods) methodology. In addition the Center serves as a hands-on training program for graduate students in the Quantitative, Qualitative, & Psychometric Methods (QQPM) program.

Nebraska Academy for Methodology, Analytics and Psychometrics

The mission of the Nebraska Academy for Methodology, Analytics and Psychometrics is to promote the advancement of sophisticated methodologies and analytics to support and enhance rigorous, substantive research within the educational, social and behavioral sciences.

They conduct original research, provide project services, and host training opportunities.

The Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools (CYFS)

The mission of the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools is to impact lives through research that advances learning and development.

They conduct research through grant-funded projects, provide comprehensive grant support, and share research findings across audiences and platforms.

Find a Researcher

The Nebraska Academy for Early Childhood Research (NAECR) hosts a Find a Researcher database that includes early childhood researchers from across the University of Nebraska system, including all four University of Nebraska campuses—Lincoln, Kearney, Omaha and UNMC. You can search by name or filter by various categories. To add your name or for more specifics, visit the NAECR Find a Researcher page.

CYFS Research Network

The CYFS Research Network is a hub that sparks collaboration and discovery. This dynamic tool is designed to foster connections among Nebraska researchers in the social, behavioral and educational sciences — and to share their life-changing work.