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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 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.

*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 (https://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


(1) 2016 
Searle Scholar Award

DEADLINES
Internal Deadline:  August 1, 2015
                           
Sponsor Deadline:  September 30, 2015

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.

ELIGIBILITY
Candidates should have begun their first appointment as an independent investigator at the assistant professor level on or after July 1, 2014. 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.

NOMINATION LIMIT
UTHealth is eligible to nominate one candidate. 

PAST UTHEALTH RECIPIENTS OF THIS AWARD
Edgar T. Walters, Ph.D. (1984) 

INTERNAL SELECTION PROCEDURES
Deans and Department Chairs are invited to nominate eligible candidates. Please submit nominations electronically to the UTHealth Limited Submissions Review Committee in care of Deanne Hernandez 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, 2015 with candidate selection and notification expected by August 15, 2015.

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.

For more information: http://searlescholars.net/go.php?id=23

(2) CPRIT Core Facilities Support Awards

DEADLINES
Internal Deadline: August 7, 2015
                           
Sponsor Deadline:  October 13, 2015

PROGRAM SUMMARY
Core Facility Support 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
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 not eligible for funding under this award mechanism; these entities must use the appropriate award mechanism(s) under CPRIT’s Product Development Program. 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.

FUNDING
The maximum duration for this award mechanism is 5 years. Applicants may request a maximum of $3,000,000 in total costs for the first 2 years and up to $1,000,000 in total costs for each subsequent year.

APPLICATION LIMIT
UTHealth may submit only 1 new or resubmission application under this RFA during this funding cycle.

INTERNAL SELECTION PROCEDURES
Please submit pre-applications electronically to the UTHealth Limited Submissions Review Committee in care of Deanne Hernandez and include a letter of interest, 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 7, 2015 with candidate selection and notification expected by August 19, 2015.

For more information: http://www.cprit.state.tx.us/images/uploads/RFA-R-16-CFSA-2.pdf

(3) CPRIT High Impact/High Risk Research Awards

DEADLINES
Internal Deadline: August 7, 2015
                           
Sponsor Deadline:  October 13, 2015

PROGRAM SUMMARY
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.

Applications that might be described as “mini-R01s” will not be competitive. The goal of this award mechanism is to fund uncommonly great ideas that merit the opportunity to acquire preliminary data. There should be reasons for the idea to be plausible, but CPRIT acknowledges that most of the selected projects will ultimately fail to meet their primary goals. The rare proposals that succeed will be of sufficient importance to justify this program. Applications may address any research topic related to cancer biology, causation, prevention, detection, screening, treatment, or survivorship.

ELIGIBILITY
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 MD, PhD, DDS, DMD, DrPH, DO, DVM, 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 1 new or resubmission application under this RFA during this funding cycle. One Co-PI may be included. An individual may serve as a Co-PI in more than 1 application but should ensure that he or she could dedicate adequate time and effort should more than 1 application be funded.

FUNDING
Applicants may request a total of $200,000 for a period of up to 24 months (2 years), inclusive of both direct and indirect costs. Because of the nature of this funding mechanism, renewal applications will not be accepted.

APPLICATION LIMIT
UTHealth is limited to 10 applications under this RFA during this funding cycle.

INTERNAL SELECTION PROCEDURES
Please submit pre-applications electronically to the UTHealth Limited Submissions Review Committee in care of Deanne Hernandez and include a letter of interest, 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 7, 2015 with candidate selection and notification expected by August 19, 2015.

For more information: http://www.cprit.state.tx.us/images/uploads/RFA-R-16-HIHR-2.pdf