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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

Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences Award Program

To:            UTHealth Faculty and Academic Leadership
From:        Michael R. Blackburn, PhD, Executive Vice President & Chief Academic Officer      
                 George M. Stancel, PhD, Executive Vice President for Academic & Research Affairs

Date:          Monday, May 16, 2016 

Subject:     Call for Nominations: Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences Program Award

 Dear Colleagues,

The Pew Charitable Trust has invited UTHealth to nominate one promising junior faculty candidate to its Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences program. Awards "provide funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health."

 Eligibility (from the Pew Trust directions)

The ideal candidates are "outstanding individuals who are in their first few years of their appointment at the assistant professor level."  A select list of eligibility criteria include:

  1. Candidates must have been awarded a doctorate in biomedical sciences, medicine or a related field.
  2. As of November 1, 2016, nominees must hold full-time appointments at the rank of assistant professor. (Appointments such as Research Assistant Professor, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor Research Track, Visiting Professor or Instructor are not eligible.)
  3. On July 15, 2016, candidates must have been in such an appointment for less than three years (not appointed before July 15, 2013), whether or not such an appointment was on a tenure track. Time spent in clinical internships, residencies, or in work toward board certification does not count as part of this three-year limit
  4. Candidates may be nominated by their institution two times in total. ALL applicants must be nominated by their institution and must complete the 2017 online application.
  5. If an applicant’s university has more than one eligible nominating institution or campus, that applicant may only apply from one institution; they may not reapply in a subsequent year from a different one.

Interested and eligible faculty members should first discuss this opportunity with their department chairs who are responsible for nominating candidates, with approval from the Dean.  Chairs’ letter should thus state that the nomination is approved by the Dean or designee.

Please submit pre-applications electronically to Deanne Hernandez at with the subject line to read “Pew Scholar Nomination.” The pre-application should be a single PDF document with the information below in the indicated order:

  • a letter of nomination from the department chair (nominator) explicitly addressing the candidate’s qualifications that meet the Pew Trusts’ criteria;
  • the candidate’s CV; and
  • a brief but explicit summary (not to exceed two pages) of his/her research proposal. 

The deadline for receipt is Friday, June 17, 2016. An internal selection committee comprised of notable UTHealth scientists will convene to review all pre-applications and select UTHealth's nominee.

UTHealth is limited to one (1) nomination under the terms of this notice.  This is an extremely competitive and prestigious award and institutions typically nominate faculty members who are the most highly competitive as starting assistant professors by national norms.

Key dates are as follows:

Internal Notice of Intent and Pre-Application Materials

Application (online only)

  • Application due: November 1, 2016

Past UTHealth Pew Scholar Recipients

  • Ambro van Hoof, Ph.D(2003) Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, Medical School
  • Valentin Dragoi, Ph.D. (2004) Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy, Medical School
  • Jianping Jin, Ph.D., (2008) Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Medical School 

Please click here to access more information:

Mallinckrodt Foundation

The Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr., Foundation, has announced  that it is accepting proposals that will serve to "advance knowledge in the various fields of medical and health research." Successful applications will be "worthy projects that are in need of initial start-up funding to move the projects forward to the point of other independent support or to support highly promising young investigators at the time when startup funds are limited and initial progress is dependent on additional funding."

UTHealth is limited to one application under the terms of this announcement.  

As such, Dr. Stancel and Dr. Blackburn are kindly requesting that you invite non-tenured Assistant Professors to submit a Letter of Interest directly to Deanne Hernandez ( no later than Friday July 8, 2016. If more than one investigator wishes to apply, they will initiate a limited nomination process.  Along with the letter of interest, faculty members should submit a CV, a brief description of their proposed research (one page maximum), and a one page "lay" summary of the proposed research and its significance.

Internal Nominations allowed per school:

  • McGovern Medical School - allowed one nomination per department
  • School of Public Health - allowed two nominations total
  • Schools of Biomedical Informatics, Dentistry and Nursing - allowed one nominations total

These are likely to be competitive awards so please limit your nominations to candidates you expect to be nationally competitive. Nominees should propose research that has a high probability of forming the basis for a fundable R01 project. 

Key dates are as follows:

  • Internal LOI - Due to by Friday July 8 , 2016
  • Next steps - Internal selection process completed and approved applicant notified: Friday, July 15, 2016
  • Application Due – August 1, 2016

 Please see the website for more information:

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.

We are writing to request your nomination, by August 1, 2016, of any faculty you feel would be appropriate for this prestigious and highly competitive award.   This 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 to Deanne Hernandez at 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. Deans who wish to use the second route will forward this information to chairs and research deans.

Please go here for additional information on this award program:

Brain Research Foundation

The Brain Research Foundation has invited UTHealth to nominate one senior faculty member to submit a Letter of Intent for its 2017 Scientific Innovations Award (SIA). The nominee may be a faculty member at any UTHealth school. The objective of this program is to support projects that may be too innovative and speculative for traditional funding sources but still have a high likelihood of producing important findings. It is expected that investigations supported by these grants will yield high impact findings and result in major grant applications and significant publications in high impact journals.

To be eligible, the nominee must be a full-time associate professor/full professor working in the area of studies and brain function in health and disease – both basic and clinical research may be supported. Current major NIH or other peer-reviewed funding is preferred but evidence of such funding in the past three years is essential. The grant period is for two years in the amount of $150,000. The support focus is for new research projects of the highest scientific merit. These awards are highly competitive so successful applicants will be well established investigators with truly innovative projects with potential for a significant impact on brain research.

Interested individuals should review the Foundation’s guidelines for the award and related information at after reviewing the guidelines you would like to be considered as the UTHealth nominee send a copy of your CV (including a complete list of references and funding history) and a summary (two pages maximum) of your proposed research by June 15, 2016 to   Your summary should explicitly state the innovative nature of the project and the potential impact of the proposed research.  

UTHealth’s nominee will be notified shortly after the June 15th deadline for submission of internal pre-applications and must then submit a letter of intent to the Foundation by June 29, 2016 at 4:00 PM CST.  After reviewing the letters of intent, the Foundation will invite selected individuals to submit full proposals.

To learn more about Brain Research Foundation, Click Here.
To view the guidelines on the Foundation’s website, Click Here