Limited Submissions

Current Limited Submission Opportunities

Brain Research Foundation Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program (internal deadline Friday, November 4, 2016)

American Heart Association: Strategically Focused Children's Research Network (internal deadline Wednesday, November 23, 2016)

Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award (R01) (internal deadline Wednesday, November 30, 2016)


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 EVP&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.

Brain Research Foundation Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program

Brain Research Foundation has invited UTHealth to nominate one (1) faculty member for the Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program.

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.

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 support focus is for new research projects of the highest scientific merit. 

Interested and eligible investigators are encouraged to submit a pre-application, which is due no later than Friday, November 4, 2016. The BRF sponsor deadline is January 4, 2017.

Pre-applications must contain:

  • a letter of interest;
  • 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 “BRF Fay-Frank Seed Grant Program”.

 Please go here for additional information on this award program: https://www.thebrf.org/Grants/Fay+Frank+Seed+Grant+Program 


American Heart Association: Strategically Focused Children's Research Network

This RFA seeks to have basic, clinical and/or population/behavioral health teams join together and submit proposals which address the topic of children’s health via their individual areas of expertise. A Center may be sited at one or at multiple U.S. institutions under the leadership of one. Each Center applies for funding individually and is peer reviewed by the AHA. The most meritorious Center applications and their research projects will be combined by the AHA to form the AHA Strategically Focused Children’s Research Network. Broad collaborations for expertise are highly encouraged. A Center’s application can consist of three (3) proposals from their one (1) institution; or they can reach out and bring in other projects from other institutions. UTHealth is limited to one application under the terms of this RFA.

Each Center will be expected to:

  • Conduct three (3) cohesive research projects of scope equivalent to an R01
  • Provide a training program for fellows, training three (3) Center-funded postdoctoral fellows during the period of the award
  • Be linked to the other Centers by AHA-organized interactions and meetings with the intent to accelerate exchange of ideas, encourage sharing of commonly-useful knowledge and methods, and provide networking opportunities for trainees
  • Report annually on its efforts towards integration with the other centers, as well as observations on successes/challenges of such integration
  • Interact as part of the AHA Strategically Focused Children’s Research Network

Eligibility: Directors and Principal Investigators of projects of the Centers:

  • Must possess an M.D., Ph.D., D.O., D.V.M., or equivalent doctoral degree at time of application
  • Must have a faculty or staff appointment.
  • May hold another AHA award simultaneously.
  • Must demonstrate a 20% minimum effort requirement for the Director, a 5% minimum effort for the Training Director and a 10% minimum effort requirement for Principal Investigators (PI) of Center projects. These responsibilities are mutually exclusive.

Interested and eligible investigators are encouraged to submit a pre-application, which is due no later than Wednesday, November 23, 2016.. The sponsor deadline is February 21, 2017. Only one application per school or college within a university will be accepted. For example, within a university, one application can be submitted from each of the schools of medicine, public health, arts and sciences, etc.

Pre-applications must contain:

  • a letter of interest;
  • 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 “AHA Children's Network”.

 Please click here to download the RFA.


Outstanding New Environmental Scientist  (ONES) Award (R01)

The Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award is intended to identify the most talented Early Stage Investigators (ESIs) who intend to make a long-term commitment to research in the Environmental Health Sciences and assist them in launching an innovative research program focused on the understanding of environmental exposure effects on people’s health.

The ONES Program is specifically targeted to Early Stage Investigators and program goals include career promotion as well as the scientific project proposed.  Applications for the ONES program differ from standard R01 applications in that applicants are expected to discuss  their career goals in the environmental health sciences, include plans for the active participation of an external advisory committee to provide consultation and feedback, include a  commitment by the institution to actively support the research program development of the Program Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI), and  a plan for career enhancement to provide new skills and experiences necessary for future research growth in the environmental health sciences.

To be eligible, applicants must have/be:

  • the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)). Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for NIH support.
  • a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent graduate degree.  
  • NIH defined Early Stage Investigators. See https://grants.nih.gov/grants/new_investigators/index.htm
  • a faculty appointment that is tenure track or equivalent, generally at the level of Assistant Professor, or Research Assistant Professor, and have demonstrated outstanding abilities in basic, clinical or population-based research. Individuals must have established research independence from a mentor, and have dedicated, independent laboratory space or access to the clinical, population-based and/or public health research resources which will allow them to conduct the research proposed in the grant application as the lead, independent PD/PI.
  • a research focus and a long-term commitment to a career in environmental health research consistent with the core mission areas of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The NIEHS will decline applications not considered central to either the mission or the research priorities of the NIEHS as part of the initial evaluation for responsiveness. 

Interested and eligible investigators are encouraged to submit a pre-application, which is due no later than Wednesday, November 30, 2016.. The sponsor deadline is February 28, 2017. Only one application per school or college within a university will be accepted. For example, within a university, one application can be submitted from each of the schools of medicine, public health, arts and sciences, etc.

Pre-applications must contain:

  • a letter of interest;
  • 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 “ONES Award”.

 Please click here for additional information on this award program: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-ES-15-020.html