RFI-Funded Research & Teaching

Transdisciplinary team of University of Nebraska at Kearney faculty, recipients of 2017 RFI Competitive Awards, teaching & engagement. Through this project faculty are working closely with undergraduate students and the community of McCook, Neb., to offer youth wellness camps.
Deepak Keshwani, Petra Wahlqvist, Mary Kay Quinlan and Becky Key Boesen of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2014 RFI Competitive Awards recipients for "The Nebraska Hayseed Project"
Howard Liu of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2014 RFI Competitive Awards recipient for "Addressing the Rural Shortage of Mental Health Providers Through a Virtual Mentorship Network"

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The Rural Futures Institute funds research and teaching projects that connect students, faculty, communities and partners in pursuit of new opportunities and the development of innovative solutions to challenges facing rural people and places.

Funded projects create an environment in which deep and meaningful collaborative partnerships are the norm. They demonstrate collaboration across campuses, departments and disciplines, as well as with external stakeholders such as other non-University campuses, communities, state and local government, trade associations, civic groups and the philanthropic community.



Projects are designed to provide seed funding in the areas of:

Teaching & Engagement

Foster the development of teaching and engagement work that establishes a tradition of student learning through civic engagement, service learning or undergraduate and graduate community-based research projects.

Successful teaching & engagement proposals develop a structure that forms partnerships between students, faculty and community agencies or programs. They also encourage college student involvement in providing services to help meet the community’s needs, integrate meaningful student service experiences into curriculum and build curriculum-based reflection activities to enhance student learning.

Research & Engagement

Lay the foundation for larger funding requests beyond the University of Nebraska. Successful research & engagement proposals explicitly address transdisciplinary and collaborative considerations both internal and external to NU. Transdisciplinary work “utilizes a broad range of views and expertise, including community-based knowledge, to address contemporary rural issues.”


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Funded Projects



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