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Internal Review Process

From time to time, granting agencies and foundations will restrict the number of proposals they will accept from any one institution. The Executive Vice President for Academic & Research Affairs (EVPARA) has instituted the following Limited Submission pre-application process for such programs:

  • Investigators interested in any of the programs noted below must submit a pre-application packet to Deanne Hernandez by the specified internal deadline. Unless noted otherwise in the instructions, each pre-application packet should include the following as a single PDF document:
    • A letter of interest;
    • The investigator's most recent CV; and
    • A brief (2-3 page) description of their proposed research to include how the research meets the sponsor's criteria for this award.
  • If the number of interested investigators exceeds allowable proposals, a committee comprised of the school Associate Deans for Research will review the pre-applications and recommend the best qualified applicant(s) to the EVPARA.
  • The EVPARA will communicate results of the selection process to both the investigators and Sponsored Projects Administration.
  • Selected investigators are then responsible for submitting a full proposal to the sponsor by the program deadline. 

Please note that we make every effort to identify and post limited submission competitions on this web site as they become available. If you become aware of an limited opportunity that is not listed below, please send an email to Deanne Hernandez with the pertinent information.

*NOTE* If a faculty member identifies a funding opportunity for which UTHealth is only allowed a limited number of applications, he/she should contact Deanne Hernandez in the Office of Academic and Research Affairs (ARA) as soon as possible (713-500-3192).  

  • If ARA is contacted two months or more in advance of the agency’s submission deadline, an internal competition will be announced on this page ( and held as noted above to select the UTHealth nominee(s).
  • If ARA is contacted less than two months before the agency’s application deadline the UTHealth nominee(s) will be selected on a first come, first served basis, i.e., the first faculty member to contact ARA will be the UTHealth nominee.

 Current Limited Submission Opportunities


Brain Research Foundation - 2016 Seed Grant Program

Please see the program announcement below for specific details.

The Brain Research Foundation recently announced a limited submission opportunity for its seed grant program. UTHealth is allowed to nominate one (1) investigator for this program. 

Eligible candidates must be a full-time Assistant or Associate Professor working in the field of neuroscience.

Interested investigators should submit (as one combined PDF) the following to Deanne Hernandez no later than Friday, November 13, 2015:

  • Letter of interest (one page)
  • NIH Biosketch
  • Description of the proposed research project (3 pages max)

If more than one investigator wishes to apply, Dr. Stancel will convene a review committee to select UTHealth's nominee. All pre-applicants will receive notification on or before Wednesday, November 25, 2015. 

Program Announcement
Invited institutions throughout the US can nominate faculty to 
submit for Seed Grant funding.

Brain Research Foundation has invited eligible US institutions to nominate one (1) faculty member to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program. Invited institutions may submit 1 LOI. Nominated candidates must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI), with a biosketch, by January 7, 2016. 

Brain Research Foundation’s Annual Seed Grant Program was initiated in 1981. The purpose of the Program is to provide start-up money for new research projects and innovative programs that have the potential of becoming competitive for an NIH grant or other external funding sources. Our goal is to have this initial effort succeed in opening future opportunities for research, collaboration and scientific advancement. 

We are contacting institutions to make sure that all eligible neuroscientists are aware of this upcoming funding opportunity. To be eligible, the PI must be a full-time Assistant or Associate Professor working in the field of neuroscience. Each total award is limited to $80,000 (direct costs) for a two year grant period. The first grant payment of $40,000 will be made upon completion of the Seed Grant Acceptance Form (June 2016). The final payment of $40,000 will be made contingent upon receipt of a Preliminary Progress and Financial Report (June 2017).The support focus is for new research projects of the highest scientific merit. 

Please alert qualified faculty at your institution of this upcoming funding opportunity. If your university has multiple Offices of Research (such as a medical school), your institution may have received duplicate announcements. Please note that a medical school falls under its larger university and BRF will consider them a single institution. 

To access the LOI form and Project Summary form, please go to and sign in, or create an account, to download the form. (Please note that to edit and save the LOI form, it must be opened in Adobe Acrobat).

For complete Seed Grant submission information and guidelines visit

Please Note: the deadline for the LOI is January 7, 2016 by 5:00 p.m. CST. 

Email any inquiries to, by reply email, or call the BRF office at 312-759-5150.