EVP Academic & Research Affairs

Limited Submissions


The recently-released CPRIT Individual Investigator Awards (IIA) do not limit the number of applications submitted per institution. You may not, however, apply to more than one IIA award program during the current cycle, as per the instructions.

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 (http://www.uth.edu/evpara/funding.htm) 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.

Limited Submission Opportunities

Nutrition Obesity Research Centers (NORCs) (P30)

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) recently announced a call for applications to its Nutrition Obesity Research Centers (NORCs) (P30) program. This program seeks to “bring together basic science, clinical, and translational investigators from relevant disciplines to enhance and extend the effectiveness of research related to nutritional sciences and/or obesity. The NIDDK-supported NORCs are part of an integrated program of nutritional sciences and obesity research.”

A select list of criteria include:

  • A NORC must be an identifiable unit within a university or medical center or a consortium of cooperating institutions, including an affiliated university.
  • NORC applications must include an administrative core that will be responsible for allocation and oversight of Center resources.
  • NORCs are designed around Research Cores that provide shared, specialized technical resources and/or expertise that enhance the efficiency, productivity, and multidisciplinary nature of research performed by NORC-affiliated investigators. Each Research Core should provide state-of-the art services to multiple, funded research projects.
  • Application budgets are limited to $750,000 direct costs, but need to reflect actual needs of the proposed Center.

UTHealth is limited to one (1) application under the terms of this notice. 

As such, Dr. Stancel is requesting that eligible investigators submit a Letter of Interest to Deanne Hernandez no later than Tuesday, March 31, 2015. If more than one investigator wishes to apply, he will initiate a limited nomination process.  Along with the letter of interest faculty members should submit a CV and a brief description of their proposed research (one page maximum) and an explicit statement (one page maximum) of how the research meets the Foundation's criteria for this award.

Key dates are as follows:

Internal LOI
Due to Deanne Hernandez by Tuesday, March 31, 2015 

Next steps

  • Internal selection process completed and approved applicant notified no later than Wednesday, April 8, 2015
  • Sponsor deadline is June 18, 2015, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization

Link to full RFA: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DK-14-002.html