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 (www.uthouston.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. 

Active Programs

  1. Searle Scholar Award (due 8/1/14)
  2. CPRIT Core Facilities Support Award (8/29/14)
  3. CPRIT High-Impact/High-Risk Research Award (8/29/14)

2015 Searle Scholar Award Program


Program Summary

Applicants for year 2015 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.

Eligibility

Candidates should have begun their first appointment as an independent investigator at the assistant professor level on or after July 1, 2013. The appointment must be their first tenure-track position.

The Searle Scholars Program does not ordinarily support purely clinical research but has supported research programs that include both clinical and basic components. Potential applicants who are unsure if their research is appropriate for our Program are encouraged to examine the research interests of present and former Searle Scholars on the website listed below.

Funding

Grants are currently set at $300,000 for a three-year period, with $100,000 payable in the first year and equal sums payable in the second and third years, subject to the receipt of acceptable progress reports. Normally, fifteen new awards will be made annually.

Internal Selection Process

Deans and Department Chairs are invited to nominate eligible candidates. Please submit nominations electronically to the Deanne Hernandez at (Deanne.M.Hernandez@uth.tmc.edu) and include a letter of nomination, the candidate’s current CV, and a brief (not to exceed three page) summary of his/her research proposal. Nominations are due no later than August 1, 2014 with candidate selection and notification expected by August 15, 2014. UTHealth is eligible to nominate one candidate for this award.

The Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic and Research Affairs will assist the selected candidate as needed with the Searle Scholars Program application process. The sponsor deadline is September 26, 2014.

For additional information, please go here: http://www.searlescholars.net


CPRIT Core Facilities Support Award

CPRIT just released an RFA for its  Core Facilities Support Award program. Awards seek to "facilitate the development or improvement of core facilities that will provide valuable services to support and enhance scientifically meritorious cancer research projects. A user group of Texas-based investigators must be identified, each of whom should have supported cancer research projects that will make use of the requested facility. This requirement is not intended to exclude early career–stage investigators who have not yet secured peer-reviewed grant support. Successful applicants should be working in a research environment capable of supporting potentially high-impact cancer studies. "

 Eligibility

A select list of eligibility criteria include:

  • The applicant must be a Texas-based entity.
  • The Principal Investigator (PI) must be the director of the facility and must have a doctoral degree, including MD, PhD, DDS, DMD, DrPH, DO, DVM, or equivalent, and must reside in Texas during the time the research that is the subject of the grant is conducted. The PI should also hold a faculty position, preferably at the level of associate or full professor or the equivalent.
  • This award must be directed by the PI. Co-PIs are not permitted.
  • Collaborations are permitted and encouraged, and collaborators may or may not reside in Texas. However, collaborators who do not reside in Texas are not eligible to receive CPRIT funds. Collaborators should have specific and well-defined roles. Subcontracting and collaborating organizations may include public, not-for-profit, and for-profit entities. Such entities may be located outside of the State of Texas, but non–Texas-based organizations are not eligible to receive CPRIT funds. In no event shall equipment purchased under this award leave the State of Texas.
  • An institution may submit only one new, renewal, or resubmission application under this RFA during this funding cycle. For purposes of this RFA, an institution is defined as that component of a university system that has a geographically distinct campus. A PI may only resubmit an application that was previously not funded once (see section 6).
  • Support for only one facility may be requested per application. Collaborative applications among institutions are permitted. However, such collaboration must not be used as a pretext for supporting more than one facility at a given institution. Further, applicants must not attempt to assemble illogical technical combinations and capabilities under one roof. Examples of illogical combinations would include protein mass spectrometry with DNA sequencing or light microscopy with magnetic resonance imaging.
  • The coherence of the facility and the ability of the PI/facility director to oversee all of the facility’s operations will be critical components of the review process. If support is requested for an existing facility, applicants must make it clear how CPRIT support will enhance its capabilities and improve access for cancer investigators rather than simply replace ongoing institutional support. 
 
UTHealth is limited one (1) application under the terms of this notice.  

 Pre-applications should be submitted electronically to Deanne Hernandez in the Office of Academic and Research Affairs at Deanne.M.Hernandez@uth.tmc.edu with the subject line to read “CPRIT: Core Facilities SUpport Award.” The pre-application should be submitted as a single PDF with the information below in the indicated order:

  • a letter of interest explicitly addressing the candidate’s qualifications that meet CPRIT's criteria;
  • the candidate’s biosketch; and
  • a brief but explicit summary (not to exceed two pages) of the core facility plan
The deadline for receipt is Friday August 29, 2014. If more than one investigator wishes to apply, Dr. Stancel will initiate the limited nomination selection process.

Key dates are as follows:

Internal LOI

Due to Deanne.M.Hernandez@uth.tmc.edu by Friday August 29, 2014

Selected candidates notified by Monday September 15, 2014

Application (to the CPRIT online application system only, which opens September 30, 2014)

Application due: November 17, 2014, 3 pm Central Time

Please click here to access more information: http://www.cprit.state.tx.us/images/uploads/rfa_r-15-cfsa-2.pdf


CPRIT High-Impact/High-Risk Research Awards

CPRIT just released an RFA for its  High-Impact/High-Risk Research Award program. 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...(t)he goal of this award mechanism is to fund uncommonly great ideas that merit the opportunity to acquire preliminary data."

 Eligibility

A select list of eligibility criteria include:

  • The applicant must be a Texas-based entity. Any not-for-profit institution or organization that conducts research is eligible to apply for funding under this award mechanism. A public or private company is also eligible for funding under this award mechanism.
  • The Principal Investigator (PI) must have a doctoral degree, including M.D., Ph.D., D.D.S., D.M.D., Dr.P.H., D.O., D.V.M., or equivalent, and reside in Texas for the period of the time that the research that is the subject of the grant is conducted.
  • A PI may submit only one new or resubmission application under this RFA during this funding cycle.
  • One Co-PI may be included.
  • Collaborations are permitted and encouraged, and collaborators may or may not reside in Texas. However, collaborators who do not reside in Texas are not eligible to receive CPRIT funds. Collaborators should have specific and well-defined roles. Subcontracting and collaborating organizations may include public, not-for-profit, and for-profit entities. Such entities may be located outside of the State of Texas, but non-Texas–based organizations are not eligible to receive CPRIT funds.  
UTHealth is limited five (5) applications under the terms of this notice.  

 Pre-applications should be submitted electronically to Deanne Hernandez in the Office of Academic and Research Affairs at Deanne.M.Hernandez@uth.tmc.edu with the subject line to read “CPRIT: Core Facilities SUpport Award.” The pre-application should be submitted as a single PDF with the information below in the indicated order:

  • a letter of interest explicitly addressing the candidate’s qualifications that meet CPRIT's criteria;
  • the candidate’s biosketch; and
  • a brief but explicit summary (not to exceed two pages) of the candidate's research plan
The deadline for receipt is Friday August 29, 2014. If more than five investigators wish to apply, Dr. Stancel will initiate the limited nomination selection process.

Key dates are as follows:

Internal LOI

Due to Deanne.M.Hernandez@uth.tmc.edu by Friday August 29, 2014

Selected candidates notified by Monday September 15, 2014

Application (to the CPRIT online application system only, which opens Spetember 30, 2014)

Application due: November 17, 2014, 3 pm Central Time

Please click here to access more information: http://www.cprit.state.tx.us/images/uploads/rfa_r-15-hihr-2.pdf