Limited Submissions

Please check back frequently. Opportunities are posted as they become known.

Limited Submissions are grant opportunities that restrict the number of applications from qualified institutions. In these cases, UTHealth will post opportunities on this page as they become available and specify the requirements needed to launch an internal competition to select the university's applicant(s).

Michael R. Blackburn, PhD, Executive Vice President & Chief Academic Officer, will establish ad hoc internal review committees as needed based upon the nature of the RFA and the pre-applications received. 

If an investigator identifies a limited opportunity that is not posted on this page, he or she should contact Deanne Hernandez via email to express interest. Opportunities are considered first-come, first-served if the sponsor deadline is less than two months' away. If the deadline is more than two months' away, an internal competition will launch.

Please click here for a presentation that describes UTHealth's limited submissions process.



2020 John S. Dunn Foundation Collaborative Research Award Program

The purpose of this program is to foster new, exemplary inter-disciplinary and inter-institutional engagement in the quantitative biomedical sciences by providing research seed grants of up to $100,000 total to support research/preliminary work for 2 years.

Funds will be awarded to new collaborative teams in which the PI and co-PI are from different GCC member institutions: Baylor College of Medicine, Rice University, University of Houston, UT Health Science Center at Houston, UT Medical Branch at Galveston, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, and The Institute of Biosciences and Technology of Texas A&M.

Each GCC member institution will select three teams submitting pre-proposals (submitted internally to their own institution) to move to the full proposal stage. After pre-proposal selection by the member institutions, GCC staff will manage the full proposal process with the expectation of 21 full proposals (3 from each institution) to be reviewed and a total of three selected for award of funding.

The PI and Co-PI must be PhD (tenured or tenure-track), MD, or MD/PhD. PhD research track faculty who are not tenured or on the tenure track are not eligible.

For additional information: RFP, FAQs.

UTHealth has opened an internal competition to select the three teams who will advance to the full proposal stage. Specific instructions on pre-proposal submissions must follow GCC guidelines in order to be considered as one of UTHealth's three invited teams.

The internal deadline for pre-proposals is Tuesday March 31, Thursday April 30, 2020. The three teams invited by UTHealth to submit a full proposal will be notified on April May 20, 2020. The deadline for invited teams to submit full proposals to the GCC is June 10 July 10, 2020.

June 10, 2020
July 10, 2020

Pew Scholar Award in the Biomedical Sciences

The Pew Charitable Trust has invited UTHealth to nominate one promising junior faculty candidate to its Pew Scholar Award 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:

  • Candidates must have been awarded a doctorate in biomedical sciences or medicine.
  • As of Sept. 10, 2020, nominees must hold full-time appointments at the rank of assistant professor or the equivalent.
    • Appointments such as research assistant professor, adjunct assistant professor, assistant professor research track, visiting professor, or instructor are not eligible.
  • On June 15, 2020, candidates must have been in such an appointment for less than three years (not appointed before June 15, 2017). Time spent in clinical internships, residencies, or on parental leave does not count as part of this three-year limit. If a nominee qualifies for an eligibility extension, please contact the program office so we are aware of the circumstances.
  • Candidates apply two times in total.
  • If applicant’s university has more than one eligible nominating institution or campus, that applicant may apply from only one institution; the applicant 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 three pages) of his/her research proposal. 

The deadline for receipt of pre-proposals is Friday, May 1, 2020. This is earlier than in past years as Pew has moved up the timeline.

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 

  • Due to by Friday, May 1, 2020
  • Selected candidate notified no later than Sunday, May 17, 2020 (Nominations must be entered into the Pew online system no later than Monday, May 18, 2020) 

September 10, 2020

Pre-applications must include a letter of interest, project description (3 page max), and the applicant's CV, all combined into a single PDF document. When complete, please email to by the stated internal deadline.