Limited Funding Opportunities

Sponsors sometimes limit the number of grant applications that an institution may submit in response to a funding opportunity. These opportunities are known as "limited submission" or "limited proposal" opportunities. In such cases the Office Sponsored Programs will initiate and conduct an internal competition to determine the proposal(s) that may move forward and to ensure that the university submits only the allowable number of proposals.

See our Limited Proposal Opportunities Process instructions below, as well as our Limited Submission SOP.

If you identify a funding opportunity with such limitations, notify Melodi Moore immediately. Participating in an internal competition is required in order to submit applications to limited proposal opportunities.

If you have questions about limited proposal opportunities, email Melodi Moore.

Limited Proposal Competitions

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Core Facility Support Award (limit 1 new, 1 renewal, or 1 resubmission)
Early Clinical Investigator Award (limit 2)
High Impact/High Risk Research Award (limit 5)

Annual submission deadline:  These are usually announced in the fall  with the internal process deadline 3-4 weeks after announcement.  Internally selected applications are due to CPRIT the first week of January.  

If you are interested in applying to a limited proposal opportunity that is not listed, please contact Melodi Moore as soon as possible.

Gulf Coast Consortia John S. Dunn Foundation Collaborative Research Award Program

The John S. Dunn Foundation Collaborative Research Award Program is a seed grant program designed to build the collaborative environment of the Gulf Coast Consortia (GCC) and fund projects with high potential for impacting human health.  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 are 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.

Annual submission deadline:  GCC member institutions are allowed to submit 3 applications only.  The internal deadline is usually the middle of March with nominations due to GCC by April 1.

Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences

The Pew Scholars Program and Pew-Stewart Scholars for Cancer Research are national funding initiatives designed to support assistant professors of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. Each award provides $300,000 in flexible support—$75,000 per year for a four-year period.

  • Candidates must have been awarded a doctorate in biomedical sciences or medicine.
  • As of Oct. 15, of the nominating year, nominees must hold full-time appointments at the rank of assistant professor.
  • As of  June 29, of the nominating year, candidates must have been in such an appointment for less than three years (not appointed before June 29 three years prior to the nominating year).
  • Candidates may be nominated by their institutions two times in total.
  • If an applicant’s university has more than one eligible nominating institution or campus, that applicant may apply only from one institution; the applicant may not reapply in a subsequent year from a different one.  

 Annual submission deadline:  These are usually announced in March and the internal process due in April or the first week in May.  The University nominee(s) are given to Pew  who will then reach out to the nominee(s) directly.

Searle Scholars Program

The Searle Scholars Program makes grants to selected universities and research centers to support the independent research of exceptional young faculty in the biomedical sciences and chemistry who have recently been appointed as assistant professors on a tenure-track appointment. Grants are $300,000 for a three-year term with $100,000 payable each year of the grant, subject to the receipt of acceptable progress reports.

More information about the program can be found here.

Annual submission deadline:  These are usually announced in May and the internal process due in June or July.  The University nominee is given to Searle  who will then reach out to the nominee directly. 

Edward Mallinckrodt Jr Foundation Grant

The Edward Mallinckrodt Jr Foundation Grant is designed to provide faculty members who hold M.D. and/or Ph.D. degrees, and who are in the first to fourth year of a tenure-track position, with support to move the project forward to the point where R01 or other independent funding can be obtained. Regular grants provide $60,000 per year for a period of up to three years. This is a limited submission where only one (1) application per institution is allowed.

Annual submission deadline:  August 1

Greenwall Foundation Faculty Scholars program

The Greenwall Foundation Faculty Scholars Program is a career development award that enables junior faculty members to carry out innovative bioethics research. The Program supports research that goes beyond current work in bioethics and creates a community that enhances Scholars’ future bioethics research. This is a limited submission where only one (1) application per institution is allowed.

Annual submission deadline:  September 20  (The FY 2022 internal deadline passed).

Limited Proposal Opportunities Process

The Grant Research and Oversight Group oversees the selection process for limited proposal opportunities.

If an investigator identifies a funding opportunity which limits the number of submissions, they should immediately notify Melodi Moore. Participating in an internal competition is required in order to submit a proposal to a limited proposal opportunity.