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Limited Submissions

Many federal agencies and foundations offer grants, awards and fellowships that limit the number of proposals that can come from one institution. In order to increase the chances of succeeding in this funding arena, UTHSC must submit its most competitive proposal. To do so, an internal competition is required. The Office of Research Development (ORD) has established a procedure to notify investigators of these opportunities and to review internal pre-proposals in a timely fashion.

Limited Submission Process

For each limited submission opportunity, an e-blast announcement is distributed to the Faculty, Researchers and FundOPs listservs. Depending on the RFA, specific colleges, departments and institutes will also be notified. The announcement provides general directions and deadlines for the submission of internal pre-proposals, along with links to the funding agency's website.

All submitted pre-proposals that meet the eligibility requirements specified by the funding organization’s RFA are passed on to an internal review committee of faculty peers for evaluation.

Completed reviews are presented to the Vice Chancellor for Research, who then makes the final nomination decisions.

ORD notifies all investigators of the outcome of their submission. Individual reviews are generally available to the investigator upon request.


The Office of Research Development is now using InfoReady Review to manage internal funding competitions. It will be used for the routing, reviewing and selection of UTHSC nominees for limited submissions. Please go the InfoReady Review website to identify active limited submission competitions.

Investigators who identify a grant, award or fellowship program that restricts the number of applications that can be submitted from an Institution should immediately contact the Office of Research Development if they are interested in submitting a proposal. Failure to do so will preclude submission of the application through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Most pre-proposals require a letter of support from the PI's Dean or Chair (nominator). This letter of support signifies that the nominator has ensured that the nominee and application are likely to be of sufficient quality to be competitive nationally.

Actvie Limited Submission Opportunities:

THE MARY KAY FOUNDATION 2018 Innovative/Translational Cancer Research Grant Program*


The Mary Kay Foundation, a funding source for cancer research, is currently accepting applications for innovative grants for translational research in ovarian, uterine, breast, or cervical cancer. Translational research is broadly defined as research that will provide a scientific link between laboratory research and the clinic. Ultimately, such research would lead to improvement in diagnosis, prognosis, prevention, or treatment of the cancer.

Internal Deadline for submission to the Office of Research via the InfoReady Review Portal: Friday, January 5, 2018, by 6:00 pm
Mary Kay Foundation Limited Submission Information
Mary Kay Foundation Website

National Cancer Institute Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00)

The purpose of the NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00) is to encourage and retain outstanding graduate students recognized by their institutions for their high potential and strong interest in pursuing careers as independent cancer researchers. The award will facilitate the transition of talented graduate students into successful cancer research postdoctoral appointments, and provide opportunities for career development activities relevant to their long-term career goals of becoming independent cancer researchers. 

Internal Deadline for submission to the Office of Research via the InfoReady Review Portal: Friday, January 12, 2018
The NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00) Limited Submission Information
The National Cancer Institute Website

Last Published: Dec 21, 2017