Limited Submissions

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 the Office of Sponsored Projects.
  • 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.

*UPDATED* 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. 

Active Programs

2015 Allen Distinguished Investigators Program

The Allen Distinguished Investigator (ADI) Program seeks to fund a select group of investigators to pursue new, pioneering research that collectively ‘moves the needle’ towards answering broad scientific questions. The most promising proposals will incorporate novel, creative, and ambitious approaches. For this reason, the program is especially interested in proposals that are unlikely to receive funding from traditional government sources. 

This request for proposals (RFP) focuses on the basic biology of Alzheimer’s Disease.

From Dr. Stancel:

Dear Colleagues:

Please disseminate this information about an RFP from the Allen Family Foundation to support Alzheimer’s Disease.   Please note that this RFP is limited to proposals from interdisciplinary teams of investigators

UTHealth may only sponsor two applications for this program, and an internal review of pre-proposals may therefore be required if more than two UTHealth led teams wish to submit.  Interested investigators should therefore review the attached RFP and text of the email from the Foundation carefully and note the following dates.

(1)  Letter of Intent due October 28, 2014 – Faculty members interested in applying should submit a mandatory Letter of Intent as soon as possible but no later than October 28, 2014.  The LOI should contain the name of the proposed Principal Investigator (PI) who must be a UTHealth faculty member,  the names and institutional affiliations of participating faculty, a tentative title, and a brief lay description (1/2 page maximum) of the proposed research.  Letters of intent should be submitted to

(2)  Pre-Proposals for Internal Review due December 1, 2014 (if necessary) - If more than two Letters of Intent are received, interested individuals will be notified and requested to submit pre-proposals for internal review by December 1, 2014.  It is anticipated that review of pre-proposals will be completed and PIs notified by December 15, 2014.

(3)  Final proposals are due to the Allen Family Foundation by January 30, 2015. Proposals must be submitted online as per the attached RFP so investigators must plan sufficient lead time for internal processing and review required by UTHealth’s Sponsored Projects Administration.

Please contact the Allen Foundation directly for questions related to the RFP or Ms. Deanne Hernandez at or (713) 500-3192  for questions related to internal deadlines and review procedures. Please click here for more information on this RFP. 

Please contact Deanne Hernandez if you become aware of any limited opportunities.