Limited Submissions

Open Opportunities (3)

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 & Chief Academic Officer (EVP&CAO) 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. 
  • If the number of interested investigators exceeds allowable proposals, an internal committee comprised appointed by the EVP&CAO will review the pre-applications and recommend the best qualified applicant(s).
  • The EVPA&CAO 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 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.

Current Limited Submission Opportunities


Searle Scholar Award

UTHealth is eligible to nominate one exceptionally promising junior faculty member to compete for the 2017 Searle Scholars Program. Candidates should have begun their first appointment as an independent investigator at the assistant professor level on or after July 1, 2015. The appointment must be their first tenure-track position. According to the program summary, applicants for year 2016 awards will be expected to be pursuing independent research careers in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences.

Interested investigators should discuss this with their department chair and/or dean, either of whom may serve as nominator. All nominations for this prestigious and highly competitive award are due no later than by August 1, 2016, which will allow sufficient time for an internal review, if necessary, before the submission deadline of September 30, 2016.

Nominations should contain:

  • a letter of recommendation from the nominator outlining the reasons he/she believes the candidate is an outstanding young investigator with great potential;
  • a full CV including educational background, publications, and funding history; and
  • a brief description of the proposed research. 

The description of the proposed research should be no more than three pages and should include an explicit description of the significance, innovation, and potential impact of the proposed work in the field of study.

Please submit all nominations electronically and as a single PDF file to Deanne Hernandez at Deanne.M.Hernandez@uth.tmc.edu under the title “2017 Searle Scholar Award nomination”.

Deans may chose to request that all nominations from their school go through his or her office, or may delegate to department chairs and/or research deans the prerogative to submit nominations directly.

Please go here for additional information on this award program: http://www.searlescholars.net/go.php?id=23


CPRIT Core Facility Support Awards

UTHealth is eligible to select one proposal for submission in response to the CPRIT Core Facility Support Award RFA released on July 25, 2016. 

This RFA "solicits applications from institutions to establish or enhance core facilities (laboratory, clinical, population-based, or computer-based) that will directly support cancer research programs to advance knowledge of the causes, prevention, and/or treatment of cancer or improve quality of life for patients with and survivors of cancer."

UTHealth's selected proposal may fall under one of the three categories: new submission, re-submission (only allowed once), or renewal (if funding is scheduled to end in FY 2018). Pre-applications must note the category and are due no later than Friday, August 19, 2016, which will allow sufficient time for an internal review. The CPRIT online application system opens on October 17, 2016 and the submission deadline is January 16, 2017.

Pre-applications must contain:

  • a letter of intertest;
  • a full CV for each PI including educational background, publications, and funding history; and
  • a brief description of the proposed research. The description of the proposed research should be no more than three pages and should include an explicit description of the significance, innovation, and potential impact of the proposed work in the field of study.

Please submit all nominations electronically and as a single PDF file to Deanne Hernandez at Deanne.M.Hernandez@uth.tmc.edu under the title “2017 CPRIT Core Facility Support Awards”.

Please go here for additional information on this award program: http://www.cprit.state.tx.us/images/uploads/rfa-r-172-cfsa.pdf


CPRIT High-Impact/High-Risk Research Awards

UTHealth is eligible to select 10 proposals for submission in response to the CPRIT High-Impact/High-Risk RFA released on July 25, 2016. 

"CPRIT High-Impact/High-Risk (HIHR) Research Awards seek to provide short-term funding to explore the feasibility of high-risk projects that, if successful, would contribute major new insights into the etiology, diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of cancers. Because HIHR Research Awards are designed to support new ideas, preliminary data are not required. Using this mechanism, CPRIT intends to support innovative, developmental projects that focus on exceptionally promising topics that are not yet sufficiently mature to compete successfully for more conventional funding. The HIHR Research Awards are expected to provide the foundation for individual or multiple investigator awards upon completion. Applicants must explain why more conventional sources of support are not available for the proposed research and how short-term funding will lead to strong applications for additional support."

Pre-applications are due no later than Friday, August 19, 2016, which will allow sufficient time for an internal review. The CPRIT online application system opens on October 17, 2016 and the submission deadline is January 16, 2017.

Pre-applications must contain:

  • a letter of intertest;
  • a full CV for each PI including educational background, publications, and funding history; and
  • a brief description of the proposed research. The description of the proposed research should be no more than three pages and should include an explicit description of the significance, innovation, and potential impact of the proposed work in the field of study.

Please submit all nominations electronically and as a single PDF file to Deanne Hernandez at Deanne.M.Hernandez@uth.tmc.edu under the title “2017 CPRIT HI/HR Research Awards”.

Please go here for additional information on this award program: http://www.cprit.state.tx.us/images/uploads/rfa-r-172-hihr.pdf