Limited Submission Process
Note, Faculty/Principal Investigators may not submit a limited-submission application directly to a funding agency or other sponsor without official confirmation from the Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR). This confirmation is received when the PI is selected as the candidate to advance from a campus-wide internal competition for the opportunity, or when otherwise notified by the VPR Program Administrator. Applications for limited submission opportunities that are submitted to the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) or the sponsor without prior VPR confirmation may be delayed, presuming confirmation can be obtained, or returned to the PI.
- Any researcher who is eligible for PI status at UT may apply to any internal competition, provided he or she meets the sponsor requirements for that opportunity.
- A researcher seeking to be nominated for consecutive rounds of the same limited submission program must provide with their new submission all sponsor feedback (including rankings/ratings/scores and reviewer comments) received from their previous submission(s) to the program.
- Proposals selected to go forward from UT internal competitions that receive meritorious reviews from the funding agency, but are not funded, are encouraged to reapply to the next internal competition at UT (See Requirements for Submission to Internal Competition below). Selected proposals that receive poor reviews from the funding agency will need to demonstrate evidence of substantive revision to address the agency or its reviewers’ concerns. VPR reserves the right to request copies of agency review decisions, rankings/ratings/scores or review panel comments as part of its assessment of revised limited submission applications.
Internal Competition Timeline
- Internal competition deadlines are planned on the basis of sponsor deadlines; therefore, if a sponsor deadline changes from one year to the next, the schedule for the internal competition may change as well. For this reason, anticipated dates for future internal competitions should be considered as approximate until sponsor deadlines are confirmed.
- Competition timelines are set to allow adequate time for internal submissions, review, and full proposal preparation. If the VPR is notified of a limited submission opportunity with insufficient time to conduct an internal competition (this may vary based on the details of a given opportunity), an internal competition may not be announced and available submission slots may be awarded on a “first to notify” basis.
- Some programs may have additional internal deadlines for College/School/Unit-level review; check with your Unit director, department Chair or Dean’s office to ensure that deadlines at that level of review are met.
- The VPR will use this internal submission procedure for all situations where there is a practical amount of time between receipt of the first notice from an interested faculty member and the date of the funding agency deadline.
Requirements for Submission to Internal Competition
When possible, requirements for the internal application will mirror the requirements of the funding sponsor to reduce duplication or extraneous paperwork. Depending on those requirements, internal applications may require any subset of these items:
- Abbreviated CV or biographical sketch of the PI including previous agency experience if applicable
- Brief (2-page maximum) project summary
- List of collaborators on this project
- For opportunities requiring cost share or match, a description of the mandatory institutional cost share for the project and how the cost share would be met [if known], and a letter of cognizance from Dean/Chair indicating support of the cost share or match.
- For proposal resubmission, copies of program reviews of prior submission and response to reviewers’ remarks.
- For major equipment acquisition, a description of where the instrument will be housed and a plan for sustainability of equipment use.
Applicants may also be asked to submit names of faculty members with knowledge of the area of proposed research to serve as internal competition reviewers.
Application Review and Selection
The submissions are reviewed and ranked by a review committee composed of peer faculty. Names of potential reviewers are solicited from both the Associate Deans for Research and the applicants themselves. When possible, review committees are composed of faculty members from each college, school, or unit represented in the applicant pool.
Review criteria are driven by the requirements of each opportunity. In general, internal applications will be reviewed based on the following criteria:
- Likelihood of success based on program objectives and review criteria in the agency solicitation
- Relevance to university’s or college’s strategic direction
- Presentation of project (clear plan of action, summary of project, grammar)
- Qualifications of investigators and collaborators
- Investigators’ track record of successful planning and development of competitive proposals for submission to external sponsors
Feedback for authors of both successful and unsuccessful internal competition proposals may be available from the review committee. Additional resources, such as advice from key administrators and proposal development support from the VPR office, may be offered for those researchers whose proposals are chosen to go forward.
If the number of internal applications received is fewer than the institutional limit set by the funding agency (e.g., funding agency allows 3 proposals from UT, but only 2 proposals are submitted to the internal competition), then all submitted proposals will be allowed to go forward as long as they are meritorious and meet stated competition criteria. In cases where no internal applications are received prior to the internal competition deadline, the internal competition entry in the VPR Limited Submissions table will show “No Applications Received” in the Nominees Selected to Advance column (login with UTEID is required to view this column). Notify the Program Administrator if you are interested in submitting a proposal to a competition that shows “No Applications Received.”
PI Responsibilities after having been selected to represent The University of Texas at Austin as an internal competition nominee
- Candidates (i.e., proposal submitters) selected as internal competition winners must ensure they are aware of any additional requirements of the funding agency beyond the internal competition.
- Candidates must also complete all regular internal approval processes, including submission of the final application to the sponsor via OSP. Candidates are responsible for contacting the appropriate office(s) for assistance to prepare and submit the full application.
- If a proposal is submitted to a funding agency, but not funded, the review committee or VPR may request feedback from the researcher (e.g., written reviews from the sponsor, ratings/rankings/scores), to help in understanding how to better select and prepare proposals for the next round of that particular internal competition.
- If a candidate is no longer able to apply for a limited submission opportunity, he or she must notify the Program Administrator for Limited Submission & VPR Administered Grants immediately, to allow another colleague the chance to move forward with a submission.
- Failure to submit a final proposal to the funding agency after being selected as an internal competition winner will be a significant factor in considering future internal competition applications from a candidate.