Rural Futures Institute taking applications for Competitive Awards

Rural Futures InstituteRural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska is accepting applications for the fourth round of RFI Competitive Awards.

This is an opportunity to turn research and teaching ideas into action that can have an impact on rural people and places.

There are two types of awards to apply for:

Research & Engagement – Submission Deadline: March 15

The purpose of the RFI Research & Engagement Award is to foster the development of research and engagement work that addresses critical challenges and opportunities facing rural areas. These awards are to function as “seed grants” that are designed to lay the foundation for larger requests to funding sources external to the University of Nebraska.

Teaching & Engagement – Submission deadline: March 1

The purpose of the RFI Teaching & Engagement Award is to foster the development of teaching and engagement work that establishes a tradition of faculty-led community engagement and service learning programming.

The award program particularly encourages development of civic engagement in both students and community partners and encourages college student involvement in providing services to meet the community’s needs.

In reviewing proposals, Rural Futures Institute is looking for bold, innovative and transdisciplinary project ideas.

For more information, including timelines for both programs, full request for proposals info and submission instructions, visit the Rural Futures website at


Contact: Kayla Schnuelle, Rural Futures Institute, 402.472.2935,

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