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 ( 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. Pew Scholar Award (due 6/20/14)
  2. CPRIT Bridging the Gap: Early Translational Research Awards (due 7/1/14)
  3. Burroughs Wellcome Fund: Career Award for Medical Scientists (due 7/11/14)
  4. Searle Scholar Award (due 8/1/14)

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 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 Nov. 1, 2014, nominees must hold full-time appointments at the rank of assistant professor
  3. On July 1, 2014, candidates must have been in such an appointment for less than three years (not appointed before July 1, 2011), 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 2015 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 20, 2014. An internal selection committee comprised of notable UTHealth scientists will convene to review all pre-applications and select UTHealth's 2014 nominee. 

UTHealth is limited to one 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, June 20, 2014

Selected candidate notified by Monday, July 14, 2014 

CPRIT Bridging the Gap: Early Translational Research Awards

CPRIT just released an RFA for its  Bridging the Gap: Early Translational Research Awards program. Awards aim "to fund innovative cancer research from target identification to “lead candidate” stage, according to a defined Target Product Profile, that projects a clear path to full commercial development."


A select list of eligibility criteria include:

  1. 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 must reside in Texas during the time the research that is the subject  of the grant is conducted. 
  2. A PI may submit only one application under this RFA during this funding cycle.
  3. A PI may resubmit an application that was previously not funded (See Section 8). However, such a submission will consume the institution’s quota. Because this award mechanism is intended to support research directed by a single investigator, only one Co-PI may be included. Collaborators should have specific and well- defined roles.
  4. 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. 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.
  5. This award mechanism should not be used for clinical-stage development programs. 
UTHealth is limited to four (4) nominations under the terms of this notice.  

 Pre-applications should be submitted electronically to Deanne Hernandez in the Office of Academic and Research Affairs at with the subject line to read “CPRIT: Bridging the Gap.” 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 his/her research proposal
The deadline for receipt is Tuesday, July 1, 2014. If more than four investigators wish to apply, Dr. Stancel will initiate the limited nomination selection process.

Key dates are as follows:

Internal LOI

Due to by Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Selected candidates notified by Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Application (to the CPRIT online application system only)

Application due: August 7, 2014, 3 pm Central Time

Please click here to access more information:

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.


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.


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 ( 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:

Burroughs Wellcome Fund: Career Award for Medical Scientists

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund recently announced a call for nominations to its  Career Awards for Medical Scientists (CAMS) program. CAMS is a "highly competitive program that provides $700,000 awards over five years for physician-scientists, who are committed to an academic career, to bridge advanced postdoctoral/fellowship training and the early years of faculty service.”

"Proposals must be in the area of basic biomedical, disease-oriented, or translational research.  Proposals in health services research or involving large-scale clinical trials are not eligible."

"New for 2014:  Beginning this award cycle, BWF will make up to two additional awards to clinically trained psychiatrists who focus on research at the interface between neuroscience and psychiatry.  These proposals must clearly demonstrate evidence of integration of neuroscience and psychiatry in project design."


"The ideal candidate will be two years away from becoming an independent investigator, have at least two years or more of postdoctoral research experience, and have a significant publication record." A select list of eligibility criteria include:

  1. Candidates must hold an M.D., D.D.S., or D.V.M. degree.
  2. Proposals must be in the area of basic biomedical, disease-oriented, or translational research. Proposals in health services research or involving large-scale clinical trials are ineligible.
  3. BWF encourages nominations from candidates who work in reproductive science.
  4. Candidates must be a fellow, resident,  or a postdoctoral researcher and have at least two years of postdoctoral research experience at the time of application.
  5. Candidates must not be more than 10 calendar years past their most recent earned doctorate degree.  No exceptions will be made.
  6. Candidates with a clinical degree not awarded in the U.S. or Canada must be fully licensed to practice in the U.S. or Canada or have completed a residency in the U.S. or Canada within the last 10 calendar years.
  7. Candidates who hold a junior faculty appointment (Lecturer, Instructor, Assistant Professor-non tenure track, etc.) may be eligible if they have been in a faculty position for two years or less at the time of application.  To meet this requirement, the appointment must have begun no earlier than July 1, 2012.
  8. Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or Canada at the time of application.  Persons who have applied for permanent resident status but have not received their government documentation by the time of application are not eligible.
  9. Candidates must be nominated by accredited, degree-granting institutions in the U.S. or Canada.
  10. Candidates must be committed to a full-time career in research as an independent investigator at a North American degree-granting institution.
  11. Candidates with tenure-track appointments as an Instructor or Assistant Professor at the time of application are not eligible.
  12. Candidates that have faculty appointments with institutional start-up funds or hold an R01 grant from the NIH are not eligible.

UTHealth is limited to five (5) nominations under the terms of this notice*.  As such, Dr. Stancel is requesting that eligible investigators submit a Letter of Interest to Deanne Hernandez ( no later than Friday, July 11, 2014. If more than five investigators wish to apply, he will initiate a limited nomination process.

Key dates are as follows:


June 9, 2014

 Internal LOI

Due to Deanne Hernandez ( by Friday, July 11, 2014

 Application (online only)

Application due: October 1, 2014, 3 p.m., Central Time


Please note that "BWF encourages institutions to nominate women and underrepresented minorities.  If a woman or underrepresented minority is included among the initial five nominees, a sixth candidate may be nominated provided that candidate is also a woman or underrepresented minority (i.e. African American, Hispanic, or Native American)."