2020 - CPRIT Early Clinical Investigator Award

Limited Submission Funding Opportunity for Texas A&M Faculty and PIs


Early Clinical Investigator Award



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:  The applicant must be a Texas-based entity. Any not-for-profit institution that provides cancer care and conducts clinical cancer research is eligible to apply for funding under this award mechanism. A public or private company is not eligible for funding under this award mechanism.


Candidates must be nominated by the president, provost, vice president for research, or appropriate dean of a Texas-based public or private institution of higher education, including academic health institutions. The application must be submitted on behalf of a specific candidate.


PI Eligibility:  Candidates must be within 5 years of their first appointment at the assistant professor level.


  • The candidate must have an MD or DO degree and reside in Texas at the time an award contract is made and for the duration of the appointment.
  • The candidate must have oncology subspecialty training or equivalent and be eligible to be certified by their institution to provide patient care in an oncology-related practice. Note: pathologists and radiologists are eligible for this award.
  • At the time of the application, the candidate must not have been appointed at the rank of assistant professor or equivalent at an accredited academic institution, research institution, industry, government agency, or private foundation for more than 5 years.
  • Candidates may not hold a Paul Calabresi Career Development Award for Clinical Oncology (K12), a Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08) program award, or similar clinical research career development award at the same time as a CPRIT Early Clinical Investigator Award.
  • Individuals who have received a CPRIT First-Time Tenure-Track Faculty Award are not eligible for the Early Clinical Investigator Award.
  • Candidates must have identified a mentor who is located at the applicant institution and who agrees to supervise the candidate’s career development and research experience.
  • See RFA for further eligibility details.


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


Proposal Limit: An institution may submit only 2 applications under this RFA during this funding cycle.


Summary:  Solicits applications from institutions to provide cancer physicians early in their academic career the opportunity to develop clinical research skills and to gain experience in advanced methods and experimental approaches needed to become clinical investigators; to provide an opportunity to establish a partnership with a laboratory-based collaborator in order to design and conduct correlative studies needed to interpret the outcome of an interventional trial; to provide the protected time from clinical responsibilities required to develop and conduct investigator initiated clinical trials; and to increase the pool of clinical investigators at Texas academic institutions who are conducting patient-oriented studies, capitalizing on basic discoveries and translating them through conduct of innovative clinical trials involving cancer patients or individuals at risk for cancer.



October 11, 2019
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 limitedsubmissions@tamu.edu
October 18, 2019
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 research plan summary (3 pages max not including references), 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:shelly.martin@tamu.edu  or 979.862.2233.

November 15, 2019
Target date for the notifications to PIs of the result of the internal competition.
January 15, 2019
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.