Funding  Research Development

Process Overview

Process Overview  


The Office of Research Support (ORS) makes every effort to identify relevant limited submission opportunities and to disseminate these opportunities in a timely manner through several mediums:

  • Announcement Emails | Notifications are sent on the limited submissions listserv. To be added to the Limited Submissions listserv, please contact us.
  • Limited Submissions Funding Opportunities | Funding opportunities are often updated weekly. Visit this site regularly to stay apprised of new announcements and deadlines.
  • Forwarded/Targeted Emails | Discipline-specific opportunities are often forwarded through the Colleges’ Associate Deans for Research, Senior Grant Development Coordinators, or Research Service Centers.


How to submit your Notice of Intent (NOI)

  • Send your NOI to Include:
    • Program and sponsor name(s)
    • Proposed project title
    • A brief 3-5 sentence abstract of the project
    • List of key personnel and associated organizations
  • Researchers will receive an email confirmation of NOI receipt

How to submit your Pre-Proposal

  1. Submit internal Pre-Proposals using the online Limited Submission Application Form (currently deactivated). Note: Please submit internal Pre-Proposals to

Unless otherwise noted, upload as a single pdf that includes:

  • 5-page project overview (single-spaced, 1” margins, Arial 11pt or greater font)
  • 2-page biographical sketch for each key project personnel
  • References (no page limit)
  • A signed Limited Submissions Resources Commitment Form (only for opportunities that require cost-share/match (see Cost-Share section below) or other resource commitments (i.e. renovation of space))

Review and Selection

  1. Internal Pre-Proposals are collected, reviewed for compliance and passed on for review/scoring by reviewers who are provided an evaluation matrix based on the evaluation criteria listed in the program solicitation or used for all programs administered by that sponsor.
    • External Review is utilized for the majority of limited submission competitions. ORS currently contracts with Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) to facilitate a scientific review process. Each application is scored by up to three external peer reviewers and the top-ranked proposal is chosen to move forward.
    • Internal Review is primarily implemented for private opportunities that merit an institutional relationship with a funder and/or that will be evaluated by a lay or philanthropically-minded audience. An internal ad-hoc panel of reviewers is formed in collaboration with UTSA’s Office of Corporate & Foundation Engagement.
    • Institutional Priority Selection is made in cases where VPREDKE selects the PI based on a prioritized institutional need.
    • Automatic Selection is made when there is only one eligible NOI received by the NOI deadline date. Proposal review comments and scores are not provided.
  2. For all selected pre-proposals, researchers are required to provide immediate notice of any incremental changes (i.e. Lead PI change, budgetary adjustments, no longer submitting, etc.).


When we first learn of a limited submission opportunity within 45 days of the sponsor deadline, our approach changes. The limited submissions team will:

  1. Check with the Research Service Centers to ensure that no other PIs or teams have begun preparing to apply to the opportunity. If another team has begun work on a proposal, ORS will determine whether to quickly compete the opportunity or to allow the team already in progress to continue.
  2. If no other teams have initiated the proposal development process, we will invite the team that inquired about the opportunity to go forward and submit a proposal.
  3. We update the Limited Submissions website to indicate that a team has been selected.


When the funding agency has implemented a cost-share or matching funds requirement for the award, applicants must identify an allowable funding source(s) at the time of pre-proposal submission. The source(s) of funds should be outlined on the Limited Submissions Resources Commitment Form and uploaded with your application materials by the pre-proposal submission deadline.

Internal Deadlines  
Current & Epired Opportunities  

Funding Process

Below is a brief outline (click here to download) of the steps to be taken to find funding, and prepare and submit a proposal at UTSA. It is a general guide only; each proposal will require custom tailoring to the funding agency’s guidelines. The Research Service Centers are your first point of contact for initiating the funding process at UTSA.

Identify funding opportunities and find collaborators:  
  • Utilize funding opportunity search tools to search for funders and collaborators.
  • Contact the Office of Strategic Research Initiatives if you need help setting up saved funding searches or locating sponsors and collaborators.
Contact and meet with your Research Service Center:  
Read and understand the funding agency guidelines:  
Inform your College and Department of your intent to apply:  
Develop and write the proposal:  
Develop the budget:  
Complete sponsor application and UTSA administrative forms and begin internal routing:  
Send full proposal to your RSC for final review & submission: