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Call for Research Grant Letters of Intent

Submission Deadline:  has been extended to January 11, 2012

View the 2012 RFP

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Grant Letters of Intent

Purpose: UT Arlington, UT Dallas and UNTHSC, together with Texas Instruments and Texas Health Research & Education Institute (THRE), are providing funds to initiate collaborative research to develop medical technologies in critical health care areas. The collaboration is through the Texas Medical Research Collaborative (TxMRC). Proposed research programs should be in areas of interest to these institutions and suitable for sustained external funding (federal, state, private, etc.). The total amount of funds available for this program is expected to be at least $750,000. The funding period is one year. The earliest start date on funded proposals is June 1, 2012.

Submission: Research proposal Letters of Intent are invited in critical health areas. Funded research projects are restricted to the broad area of medical technologies and should be in areas of interest to health care providers and allied industries. The research must be able to be translated into a real-life clinical setting that address one or more of the critical medical research priorities of the TxMRC program. While not required to submit a proposal for grant funding, letters of intent are encouraged in order to receive feedback or identify potential collaborators in advance of the full proposal deadline. The request for full proposals are expected to be announced in January 2012.

Letter of Intent Submission Deadline: January 11, 2012. Instructions are listed below, or use link to download the instructions.

ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST BE ELECTRONICALLY SUBMITTED (e-mail) to j.forsberg@uta.edu by midnight of 1/11/2012.

Letter of Intent Format: The submission process will begin with a letter of intent prior to the full proposal submission. All submissions and any attached material must be compiled into ONE COMPLETE DOCUMENT; multiple documents or attachments may be ignored. If separate supporting documentation is needed it will be requested. Please use Microsoft Word (.doc) or plain text (.txt) format.

The Letter of Intent should contain at least the following:

  1. Submitter's Name(s) and Credential Designations if any (M.D., Ph.D. etc.)
  2. Title of Your Research Activity
  3. Affiliation(s): Name of the institution through which the research will be performed (Hospital, university etc.) and other TxMRC organization involved in the project.
  4. Brief Biography (maximum 50 words) for the researchers who will be involved.
  5. Contact Information: Name, Email Address (required), telephone number (required), Street Address (optional), and Fax (if applicable)
  6. Summary of Proposed Program (maximum 700 words)
    • A short summary in your own words
    • Objectives including the premise or hypothesis to be addressed
    • Literature or prior studies/research supporting your premise or hypothesis
    • The method to be used
    • The expected results
    • Summary of population or elements to be tested or studied
    • IRB or ethics board approval status/plans
    • Estimated timeframe to complete
    • Proposed collaborators (see "Search Collaborators" area below)
  7. Benefits: How you see the result furthering critical health care areas.
  8. Budget: Funds may not be used for faculty salaries or indirect cost recovery. Proposals of up to $100,000 will be considered.

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Search Collaborators and Collaboration Requirements

Research under the TxMRC program is intended to foster collaboration between faculty, staff and clinicians on multiple campuses across the member organizations. Proposals will require at least one research investigator from at least two of the educational institutions (UTArlington, UTDallas, UNTHSC) and at least one clinician from either UNTHSC and/or THR. One of the research investigators from UTA, UTD, or UNTHSC will be designated as PI and all others (research investigators and clinicians) as Co-Investigators. Funding preference will be given to proposals that include all four entities (UTA, UTD, UNTHSC, and THR). To help develop your proposal, please search for collaborators or contact your instution's respective designated contact below:

Search UT Dallas Collaborators by Keyword

Contact Marsha Brown for Queries about THRE Collaborators

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Request for Proposals 2012

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Any questions should be directed to your respective institutional Collaborative Research Program Offices:

UT Arlington

Assistant Vice President for Research
Voice: 817-272-3657
Fax: 817-272-5808

UT Dallas

Associate Vice President for Research
Voice: 972-883-4824
Fax: 972-883-4569


Director of Research


Voice: 682-236-6750

UNT Health Science Center

Associate Vice President for Research
Voice: 817-735-2618
Fax: 817-735-5485

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List of Funding Priorities for Medical Technologies

  • Healthcare Information Technology
  • Outcome & Comparative Effectiveness Research
  • Community Health & Wellness
  • Women's Cardiovascular
  • Orthopedics/Bone & Joint

  • Neurosciences
  • Gastroenterology
  • Oncology
  • Emergency Medicine & Trauma
  • Pressure Ulcer Prevention

  • Falls Reduction
  • Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Risk Assessment & Treatment
  • Glycemic Control (in-patient)
  • Discharge Planning/Reducing Re-Admits
  • Blood Product Utilization

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
  • Implementation of Electronic Health Records
  • Patient Safety

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About Us

About Us:  TxMRC is cooperation between multiple Texas Institutions whom wish to foster collaborative and translational research between faculty and staff at their institutions. TxMRC Institutions wish to pursue research in critical healthcare areas and establish a consortium-run internally funded and resourced program to create opportunities for collaboration among TxMRC institutions and obtain external funding through a variety of sources.

Mission:  Creating opportunities to build effective partnerships and exchange knowledge from the university to the private sector.

Purpose: The purpose of TxMRC is to foster collaborative research between faculty and staff on multiple campuses.

Focus: TxMRC is intended to enhance opportunities for internal funding that would be matched with the TxMRC Proof of Concept Gift Fund in order to conduct applied medical technology research. Further, it is intended that this research be translated into a real-life clinical setting that addresses one or more of the critical medical research priorities.

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