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Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Program Infrastructure for Clinical and Translational Research (IDeA-CTR)(U54 Clinical Trial Optional)


Limited Submission Program (LSP): This funding opportunity and the Limited Submission Program (LSP) is open to all Texas A&M University faculty and principal investigators who meet the eligibility requirements. Texas A&M and The Texas A&M University System agencies jointly administer this process to select the proposal(s) that will be submitted to the sponsor in response to this solicitation.


Institutional Eligibility: 

  • Institutions (normally identified by a unique NIH IPF number) that currently hold an active NIH-funded clinical and translational center award may not apply.  However, these institutions can partner or collaborate with the lead applicant for an IDeA-CTR.  For the purposes of this FOA, these awards include the following:
    • Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) funded by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)
    • Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) with clinical and translational Research focus (U54 awards) funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD).
  • IDeA-CTR awards cannot run concurrently with CTSA or RCMI awards with clinical and translational focus.  If an institution receives a CTSA or RCMI award after an IDeA-CTR award is funded, the IDeA-CTR award must be relinquished.
  • Only one IDeA-CTR award can be made per eligible IDeA state.  An IDeA-CTR award is expected to be a statewide (and/or interstate) resource and the lead institution must communicate and coordinate with and include other appropriate institutions/organizations within the state when submitting an application.


PI Eligibility:  The PD(s)/PI(s) must be full-time faculty at the applicant institution.  At the time of application, he/she must be an established clinical investigator with active R01 or R01-equivalent clinical research award funded by NIH or other Federal or non-Federal funding entities. PD(s)/PI(s) cannot lead another IDeA Program award simultaneously.


The proposal will be prepared and submitted by Sponsored Research Services (SRS).


Proposal Limit: 1


Summary:  The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support the development of infrastructure and other resources required for the conduct of Clinical and Translational Research (CTR) in IDeA-eligible states. IDeA-CTR Centers are expected to provide added value to the biomedical research efforts in the participating institutions through support of activities that cannot easily be provided through standard research grant awards. The proposed activities will provide the infrastructure and resources that will enhance the competitiveness of the investigators to obtain additional funding for clinical and translational research.




June 21, 2018

Deadline for an email of intent including the title of the internal proposal and a one to three sentence description of the project. 


Send email of intent to

June 28, 2018

Deadline to submit an internal proposal.


All proposals for the LSP must be submitted electronically using the e-proposal on-line application system.


Be prepared to upload your internal proposal. The sections will include a one-three page research plan summary, two-page bio-sketch (per PI), and preliminary budget.


The e-proposal site is password protected. Texas A&M principal investigators may use their NetID and password to access the system. If you do not have a NetID, click HERE for help to activate your NetID. You will need your UIN and your date of birth.  Once you log-in to e-proposal, choose “Limited Submission Grant” from the Available Grants section.

If you have any questions, please contact:  or 979.862.2233.


July 19, 2018

Target date for the notifications to PIs of the result of the internal competition.

October 2, 2018

Sponsor deadline for the full proposal.



Internal Selection Procedures:

Texas A&M has established a procedure to identify limited submission opportunities and internally select proposals for Texas A&M submissions.  Please contact us if you have any questions about the limited submission process.