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National Center and Team Science Planning Award

If you require the help of DOR's proposal team, make sure you send an email with the request to at least five business days prior to the deadline.

President Khator’s strategic plan to Build a Research Powerhouse that Impacts our Region & the World calls for a doubling of our research expenditures from $200 million to $400 million within the next five years. To achieve the doubling of research expenditures, national centers and large interdisciplinary projects are critical. The Division of Research (DOR) recognizes the significant effort of applying for large multi-investigator grants and offers this internal planning grant to prepare for such an application. 

The funding is intended to provide up to 18 months of support to teams of researchers led by a University of Houston (UH) faculty member to prepare for the submission of a proposal to a targeted funding opportunity. Contact Dr. Claudia Neuhauser ( to confirm eligibility. A Letter of Intent is required no later than two weeks prior to the submission of the planning grant proposal. 

If the submission deadline is less than six months away from the date of the request for a planning grant, the proposal can still be accepted; however, it must include additional justification explaining the feasibility of preparing a strong submission within the time frame. 

 The DOR will accept submissions through August 31, 2024, or until the funds are exhausted, whichever occurs first. Members of the Research and Scholarship Committee (RSC) and the Committee on Academic Centers and Institutes (CACI) in the Office of the Provost will evaluate the proposals (typically within two weeks of submission) and make a recommendation to the VC/VP for Research. If a proposal is declined, a resubmission will not be considered until a minimum of three months from the date of the initial submission has passed. Resubmissions that are deemed substantially similar to a previous proposal by the hybrid RSC/CACI review committee will be returned without further review.