Limited Submissions

Some opportunities limit the number of proposals which may be submitted by investigators from an individual institution. For these opportunities, the OVPR holds an internal competition to select the applicant(s) who will represent Baylor through submission of a full proposal to the sponsor.

Application Procedures

Faculty who wish to apply for a limited submission opportunity must submit an internal pre-proposal to the OVPR eight weeks prior to the external submission date. Internal applications for limited submission should be submitted via email to and must include each required document referenced in the application checklist below.

Application Checklist

The following materials (in Microsoft Word or PDF format) must be attached to the emailed pre-proposal:

  • Completed limited submission application form.

  • A one- to two-page pre-proposal. The pre-proposal should outline the proposed research and its relevance to the goals of the sponsor and the particular program(s). The most competitive applications will demonstrate a potential to enhance and expand research capabilities at Baylor, preferably across multiple disciplines.

  • An updated CV, in the format required by the desired sponsor, for each proposed investigator.

Pre-proposal Deadlines

The OVPR internal deadline for most opportunities will be eight weeks prior to the sponsor's deadline. The OVPR internal deadline for the NSF's MRI program is three months prior to the sponsor's deadline (see below).

To be considered complete and timely, applications must be received by the OVPR no later than 5:00 PM on the day of the internal deadline.

Review Process

  • Prospective investigators submit complete internal applications.

  • The OVPR will review all complete and timely proposals.

  • OVPR will notify prospective investigators whether or not they are approved to submit full proposals.

  • Investigators are responsible for working with OSP to submit full proposals by the sponsor's deadline.

The overall objective of the limited submission process is to make Baylor researchers as competitive as possible for the various limited competitions and to prevent any potential disqualification of a submission. Application deadlines are set to allow adequate time for all the necessary steps in determining which proposal(s) in the limited submission competition should be forwarded to the funder.

  1. These steps include
  2. selection of reviewers who are appropriate to evaluate the proposal(s)
  3. completion of the review process
  4. determination that sufficient university resources are available to support the proposal
  5. determination that the proposal fits the funder's mission and the mission of Baylor University
  6. revision of the proposal to respond to reviewer edits

Missed Deadlines: If the submission deadline passes with no viable proposals having been submitted, and the OVPR is notified that an individual wishes to submit a late proposal, the PI must provide a written statement via email to the Vice Provost for Research stating the reasons for the requested exception to the submission deadline and acknowledging that the late submission will not allow sufficient time either for external review and reviewer feedback or for OVPR editing support services. The email must include an attachment with the details of the award or funding opportunity and must be copied to the individual's departmental chair and to The single late submission will be considered only if there is sufficient time to complete steps 3 and 4 above. If the Vice Provost for Research deems the unreviewed and unrevised proposal nevertheless to be competitive, it will be forwarded to the funder as Baylor's single submission.

Unlisted Opportunities: The list of limited submissions is not comprehensive. Anyone who wishes to apply to a limited submission RFP that is not posted on this website should contact Stacey Smith at or 254-710-3252. The guidelines will be reviewed and an appropriate internal deadline will be established and posted to the website. In rare instances, such as when a sponsor (not listed here) has a deadline that is too short to allow the above process to occur, the OVPR may allow an interested participant to move forward without the full internal review process based on a “first-to-notify” basis.

Limited Submission Grants

Program Purpose Award Amount Internal Deadline
To acknowledge outstanding achievements by Texas-based researchers in four categories: medicine, engineering, science and technology innovation.
To radically transform diabetes research
Grants in Private Higher Education, Public Educational Media and Interfaith Leadership & Religious Literacy
Up to $100,000 (Planning Grants) *Not Available for Public Media; $250,000-$300,000 (Mid-Size Grants)
To honor America's most innovative young faculty-rank scientists and engineers
To encourage a commitment to breast cancer research
$125,000 total (two years)
To support the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences
To protect natural resources, improve the production and distribution of food, and promote public health in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.
$20,000 average; grants over $30,000 rarely supported
To protect natural resources, improve the production and distribution of food, and promote public health in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.
$20,000 average; grants over $30,000 rarely supported
To create a pipeline of promising new cancer products developed by the Texas academic community and to advance successful technology toward commercialization and company development.
Up to $2,000,000 (two years)
Grants for charitable, scientific, literary or educational purposes
To support early stage investigators engaged in basic biomedical research that has the potential to significantly advance the understanding, diagnosis or treatment of disease
$60,000 (Up to three years)
Within each of its four program areas, the foundation gives special preference to programs focusing on ethics and new media
Provides start-up money for new research projects and innovative programs that have the potential of becoming competitive for an NIH grant or other external funding sources.
$80,000 over two years
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is seeking applications from Eligible Applicants to provide scholarships to Texas middle and high school students, ages fourteen (14) to twenty-one (21) years on the first day of summer camp, to increase the number of students served by Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) skills-related summer camp programs who may not have those opportunities otherwise.
Supports projects about architecture and designed environment
$20,000 (Production & Presentation); $10,000 (Research & Development)
Supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences at undergraduate institutions. Based on institutional nominations, the program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers. The award is based on accomplishment in scholarly research with undergraduates, as well as a compelling commitment to teaching.
Advancing Public Scholarship on Religion and Theology
250,000 to $750,000
Focused on big bet initiatives that strive for transformative change in areas of profound concern, such as climate change and criminal justice reform
TBD, 2020
To support women at significant points in their research careers in the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing and Design (STEM2D).
$150,000 (three years)
To identify and nurture the careers of educational innovators in medicine and nursing
$100,000 (two years)
To support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.
To support acquisition or development of a research instrument.
$100,000-$999,999 (Track 1); $1,000,000-$4,000,000 (Track 2)
This solicitation focuses specifically on enabling participation by undergraduate students in the Data Science Corps, by providing student stipends for participation in data science projects and supporting integration of real-world data science projects into classroom instruction.
Up to $10,000,000 is expected to be available for eight to eleven awards, for 3 years each, subject to the availability of funds. Awards will typically be in the range of $1,000,000 to $1,200,000 for 3 years.
Chemical Biology defined as research that deals with the interface between chemistry and biology. The criteria for this field is deliberately broad so as not to disqualify potentially innovative and groundbreaking projects. The PI may not apply for funding to amplify current work. However, PIs may research a new idea based on a prior findings of the PI.
$900,000 and additional institutional indirect costs up to 15% over three years
Exclusively for charitable, religious, scientific, literary, or educational purposes
Supporting educational, health, human service, and cultural programs and projects that serve the people of Texas
$1,500-$3,000,000 (Education); $5,000-$2,500,000 (Health)
To stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise
$70,000 total (two years)
Committed to funding the most promising childhood cancer research
$100,000 total (one-three years)
Research, development and evaluation of treatment models
Several large awards in three categories
To assist people and institutions of Texas improve the quality and circumstance of life for themselves and future generations
Requests of any amount are considered
To support pioneering biological and physical science research and engineering.
To support pioneering biological and physical science research and engineering
To further chemical discovery in Texas each year by recognizing emerging leaders
To support improving lives of young people 5-25. Currently focused on reducing inequality.
$350,000 total (five years)