Office of Research

Limited Submissions

Grants, awards and fellowships that limit the number of applications coming from one institution.

Some schools and colleges require that materials be routed through their office in advance of the UW deadline. Please check with your school or college administration to confirm.


UW Internal
Opportunity Name Sponsor Funding Amount Announcement No.
01/02/2018 Career Awards at the Scientific Interface Burroughs Wellcome Fund $500,000 2018
01/11/2018 Grants 2018 American Honda Foundation $75,000 2018
01/02/2018 Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) $0 2018
01/31/2018 Robert A. Welch Award in Chemistry Welch Foundation $500,000 2018
01/11/2018 Annual Grant 2018 Marisla Foundation $0 2018
01/11/2018 Science and Engineering / Medical Research January 2018 Cycle W. M. Keck Foundation $2,000,000 January 2018
01/19/2018 Caspar Wistar Fellows Program Wistar Institute $0 2018
01/23/2018 Robert A. Welch Award in Chemistry 2018 Welch Foundation $500,000 2018
12/21/2017 Energy Frontier Research Centers Department of Energy (DOE) $16,000,000 2018
12/21/2017 Moore Inventor Fellows 2018 Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation $675,000 2018

Recently Closed Opportunities

UW Internal
Opportunity Name Sponsor Funding Amount Announcement No.
12/04/2017 The University of Washington 2018 Innovation Awards – Environmental Sciences University of Washington $0 2018
12/01/2017 Clinical Scientist Development Award Doris Duke Charitable Foundation 2018
11/30/2017 Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $0 RFA-ES-18-001
11/30/2017 Maximizing Access to Research Careers Undergraduate - Student Training in Academic Research (MARC U-STAR) (T34) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $0 PAR-17-068 (2018)
11/30/2017 NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) National Science Foundation (NSF) $0 NSF 17-527
11/30/2017 Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) (R25) National Institutes of Health (NIH) PAR-16-361 (2018)
11/30/2017 Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1) (Clinical Trial Not Allowed) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $900,000 PAR-17-340
11/30/2017 Diabetic Foot Consortium - Clinical Research Units (U01) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $1,325,000 RFA-DK-17-014
11/30/2017 Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) National Science Foundation (NSF) $600,000 NSF 15-528 (2018)
11/28/2017 Keck Workshop and Panel University of Washington 11/28/17
11/16/2017 Mallinckrodt Scholar Program 2018 Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Foundation $400,000 2018
11/09/2017 2018 Clinical Research Award Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation $450,000 2018
11/09/2017 National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program National Science Foundation (NSF) $3,000,000 NSF 18-507
11/07/2017 Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease Burroughs Wellcome Fund $500,000 2018
11/03/2017 Schmidt Science Fellows 2017 Schmidt Science Fellows $0 2017
11/02/2017 Annual Grant 2018 Dr. Scholl Foundation $25,000 2018
11/02/2017 2018 Young Investigator Award Program National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Foundation $150,000 2018
11/02/2017 Mid-Scale Innovations Program in Astronomical Sciences (MSIP) National Science Foundation (NSF) $4,000,000 NSF 17-592
11/02/2017 Inclusion Across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) National Science Foundation (NSF) $0 NSF 17-591
10/26/2017 Teacher-Scholar Awards Program 2018 Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation $75,000 2018
10/19/2017 Research Education: Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) Program (R25) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $16,777,215 PAR-17-053 (2018)
10/19/2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellows 2018 Carnegie Corporation of New York $200,000 2018

About Limited Submission Opportunities

Many federal agencies and foundations offer grants, awards and fellowships that limit the number of applications that can come from one institution. In order to increase the chances of the UW succeeding in such “limited submission opportunity” applications, the Office of Research has established a procedure to review pre-proposals in a timely fashion.

The Review and Selection Process

For each limited submission opportunity, the Office of Research notifies by e-mail appropriate Deans, Directors and Chairs of the opportunity, and provides general directions and deadlines for submission of pre-proposals.

After the deadline, the proposals that have been received are sent to members of the Office of Research Proposal Review Committee. The Committee reviews each pre-proposal and then meets to discuss the relative merits and limitations of each proposal, and then choose the proposal(s) that the Committee believes will have the greatest chance of being funded, and will have the greatest positive impact on the University if it is funded.

Selection Criteria

The Committee ensures that selected pre-proposals:

  1. Meet all eligibility requirements specified by the funding organization RFA
  2. Are scientifically and technically strong
  3. Promote the greater University research mission

Most pre-proposals require a letter of support from the PI’s nominator, Dean or Chair. This letter of support signifies that the nominator, Dean or Chair have ensured that the nominee and application are likely to be of sufficient quality to be competitive nationally. Given the importance of the nominator’s letter, we encourage nominators to consult resources on how to write strong letters, such as:

Each pre-proposal is also carefully evaluated against the selection criteria provided by the sponsor. Once the decision as to which pre-proposal(s) will go forward has been made, all applicants are notified of the Committee’s decision. Occasionally, the Committee may provide feedback and recommendations to successful candidates in the hopes that the quality of the full proposal can be enhanced.

Inquiries and Contact Information

Investigators who identify a grant, award or fellowship program that restricts the number of applications that can be submitted from an Institution should immediately contact their Chairperson, Associate Dean for Research (or Dean, if no ADR) and the Office of Research (see below) if they intend to prepare a response. Failure to do so, or to meet the deadlines for submission of pre-proposal, will preclude submission of the application through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

For general inquiries, or to request a listing of a limited submission opportunity that should be but is not already listed on this page, please email us at