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 by the specified internal deadline. Each pre-application packet should include the following:
    • 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

CPRIT - Hi-Impact/Hi-Risk Research Awards

CPRIT has just released the RFA for this program that provides up to $200,000 total over 2 years to support laboratory, translational, population-based, and clinical research.  The deadline for online submission of applications to CPRIT is 3 PM on February 3, 2014 but UTHealth is only allowed to submit five proposals.

Interested faculty members should thus submit a pre-proposal package by 4 PM on January 2, 2014 to; this will allow a timely internal pre-review if necessary.  Pre-proposal packets should include the following:

  1. The applicants CV
  2. An abstract in the format requested by CPRIT (5,000 characters max.)
  3. A lay summary in the format requested by CPRIT (2,000 characters max.)
  4. A statement (1 page max.) explaining the potential impact of the project if successfully completed

Please provide items 2-4 as a single PDF file.

If an internal review is necessary we will attempt to notify the UTHealth nominees the week of January 6, 2014 to provide sufficient time to prepare a competitive application.

The complete announcement may be found at and should be reviewed carefully by potential applicants.  A brief summary/rationale taken from the RFA is:

“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, or treatment.”