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

  1. Faculty who wish to apply for a limited submission opportunity must send an email to with the solicitation attachment or link and a sentence stating their intent to apply. Please send an email as soon as you know you want to apply.
    1. If it is eight weeks or more to the external deadline and no other applicants have indicated interested, then the OVPR will either share the funding opportunity (e.g., NIH R25) or wait and approve after the eight-week mark (if there are no other interested applicants).
    2. If it is eight weeks or more to the external deadline and there are other applicants who have indicated interest, then a limited submission competition is held, and PIs are asked to submit an application (see competition process below).
    3. If it is under eight weeks from the external deadline and no other PI has indicated interest, the first to notify via email (step 1) is approved.
  2. OVPR will notify prospective investigators whether or not they are approved to submit full proposals.

Limited Submission Competition Process (if applicable)

  1. PIs will be notified via email that a limited submission competition is required. The following materials (in Microsoft Word or PDF format) must be attached to the emailed pre-proposal sent to no later than 5:00 p.m. central time eight weeks prior to the sponsor’s deadline.
    1. Completed limited submission application form.

    2. 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.

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

  2. The VPR assembles a small review committee to provide feedback on which proposal is the most competitive for the funder.

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.

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

Limited Submission Grants

The deadlines below are anticipated deadlines. Please check the sponsor website to confirm.

Program Purpose Award Amount External Deadline
To acknowledge outstanding achievements by Texas-based researchers in four categories: medicine, engineering, science and technology innovation.
To radically transform diabetes research
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)
LOI: April
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
Varies by Program
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
LOI: January; Application: March
Supports projects about architecture and designed environment
$20,000 (Production & Presentation); $10,000 (Research & Development)
LOI: September
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.
Seeking to advance public understanding of religion and theology, the Henry Luce Foundation’s Theology Program invites inquiries for university-based projects that are centrally animated by faculty members based at research institutions.
LOI: February
Youth education, specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the environment, job training and literacy
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)
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)
Committed to funding the most promising childhood cancer research
$100,000 total (one-three years)
LOI: December; Proposal: January
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.
Phase I Application: May, Proposal: August; Phase II Application: November; Proposal: February
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)


Contact Dr. Stacey L. Smith
(254) 710-3252