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.
05/20/2021 Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) National Science Foundation (NSF) $0 NSF 19-506 (2021)
05/17/2021 Public Interest Technology University Network Challenge – Year 3 New America/New Venture Fund $0 2021
06/03/2021 Regular Grants Program 2022 Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Foundation $60,000 2022
07/08/2021 Centers for HIV Structural Biology (U54 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $3,500,000 RFA-AI-21-030
05/20/2021 Identifying Disinformation Symposium in Greenland Department of State (DOS) $0 FY21-01

Recently Closed Opportunities

UW Internal
Opportunity Name Sponsor Funding Amount Announcement No.
05/06/2021 Creating Equitable Pathways to STEM Graduate Education Alfred P Sloan Foundation $500,000 2021
05/06/2021 2021 Rising Star Faculty Award Program Intel $50,000 2021
05/06/2021 Full and Open Competition - Notice of Funding Opportunity Department of State (DOS) $250,000 SFOP0007826
05/06/2021 Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) National Science Foundation (NSF) $10,000,000 NSF 20-569
05/01/2021 Administrative Supplements to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements (Parent Admin Supp Clinical Trial Optional) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $0 PA-20-272
04/29/2021 Data Reduction for Science Department of Energy (DOE) $0 DE-FOA-0002501
04/28/2021 NIMHD Multiple Chronic Disease Disparities Research Coordinating Center (RCC) (U24 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $15,000,000 RFA-MD-21-008
04/28/2021 Centers for Multiple Chronic Diseases Associated with Health Disparities: Prevention, Treatment, and Management (P50 Clinical Trial Required) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $15,000,000 RFA-MD-21-007
04/22/2021 William T. Grant Scholars Program 2021 William T. Grant Foundation $350,000 2021
04/22/2021 Art Works - Second Grants for Arts Projects FY2022 National Endowment for the Arts $100,000 FY2022
04/22/2021 Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust Grant 2021 Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust $25,000 2021
04/22/2021 American Rescue Plan: Humanities Organizations National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) $0 20210514-ARPO
04/15/2021 2021 Allen Distinguished Investigator (ADI) The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group $0 2021
04/01/2021 Scientific Innovations Award 2021 Brain Research Foundation $150,000 2021
04/01/2021 Breakthrough Science Initiative Awards Program 2022 Breaktthrough Prize $0 2021
04/01/2021 Undergraduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (U-RISE) (T34) National Institutes of Health (NIH) PAR-21-146
04/01/2021 High-End Instrumentation (HEI) Grant Program (S10 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $2,000,000 PAR-21-126
04/01/2021 Shared Instrumentation Grant (SIG) Program (S10 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $600,000 PAR-21-127
04/01/2021 Critical Minerals & Materials: Chemical and Materials Sciences Research on Rare Earth and Platinum Group Elements Department of Energy (DOE) $0 DE-FOA-0002483
04/01/2021 Data Science to Advance Chemical and Materials Sciences Department of Energy (DOE) DE-FOA-0002474
04/01/2021 Tuberculosis Research Advancement Centers (P30 Clinical Trials Not Allowed) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $3,000,000 RFA-AI-21-001
04/01/2021 Screening for Conditions by Electronic Nose Technology (SCENT) (U01 Clinical Trial Optional) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $0 RFA-TR-21-009
04/01/2021 Maximizing Access to Research Careers (T34) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $0 PAR-21-147
03/30/2021 2021 V CLINICAL SCHOLAR AWARD V Foundation $200,000 2021
03/25/2021 Health and Well-Being Grants: Health Disparities Cigna Foundation $375,000 2021
03/25/2021 Human Immunology Project Consortium (HIPC) (U19 Clinical Trial Optional) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $7,500,000 RFA-AI-20-079
03/25/2021 Scholarships in STEM Network (S-STEM-Net) —S-STEM Resource and Evaluation Center and S-STEM Research Hubs National Science Foundation (NSF) $0 NSF 21-569
03/25/2021 2022 Beckman Scholars Program Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation $26,000 2022
03/22/2021 Administrative Supplements for Curriculum or Training Activities to Enhance Wellness and Resiliency in the Training Environment National Institutes of Health (NIH) $0 NOT-GM-21-022
03/18/2021 Pew Biomedical Scholars 2022 Pew Charitable Trusts $300,000 2022
03/16/2021 2021 V SCHOLAR AWARD V Foundation $0 2021
03/11/2021 Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Psychostimulant Support Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) $500,000 HRSA-21-091
03/11/2021 Medical Funds Program 2021 Seattle Foundation $25,000 2021
03/09/2021 V Foundation 2021 Pediatric Cancer Research V Foundation $0 2021

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 peer 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 listserv, Deans, Directors and Chairs of the opportunity details, deadlines and general directions and deadlines for internal submission of pre-proposals. Subscription to this listserv is open to all. To subscribe or unsubscribe, please email

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 has 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 to the sponsor through the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP).

For an application that has been designated as UW’s limited submission to the sponsor, please note that internal deadlines for submission of an approved eGC1 to OSP, as set forth in GIM 19, apply. Waivers of the internal deadline requirements will only be considered under the circumstances described in GIM 19. In particular, waivers for a less-than-two-week announcement of the funding opportunity shall only be considered with respect to the timing of the sponsor’s announcement of the opportunity.

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