UNMC secures $174.2 million in outside funding, some for COVID-19 research and clinical trials

By Julie Anderson, Omaha World-Herald Staff Writer

The University of Nebraska Medical Center and the University of Nebraska at Omaha both secured record research funding from outside sources in fiscal year 2020, officials announced Monday.

UNMC topped $174.2 million in research funding from outside sources during 2020, up 26% from the previous year’s record $138 million. As in previous years, most of the funds — 69% — came from federal sources. Most of the federal funding, in fact, came from the National Institutes of Health.

Of the total, $7 million is directed toward research related to COVID-19, specifically on work intended to help develop training on how best to protect first responders, businesses and community groups. The list includes research aimed at improving testing and at developing strategies and products that can prevent disease in at-risk people, including health care providers and students, first responders and other community members.