in the running for something
To be 'in the running' for something means you are a contender for something such as an award, victory or scheme. If you are in the running it is possible to be chosen for something. "The Labour party is of course in the running for the next election." "I am in the running for a big promotion." Similar in meaning to be in with a shot or in with a chance. This is an idiomatic expression used in social and professional contexts.