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.
09/25/2017 Career Awards for Medical Scientists (CAMS) Burroughs Wellcome Fund $700,000 2018
01/02/2018 Career Awards at the Scientific Interface Burroughs Wellcome Fund $500,000 2018
11/07/2017 Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease Burroughs Wellcome Fund $500,000 2018
06/29/2017 NIH Director's Early Independence Awards (DP5) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $1,250,000 RFA-RM-17-008
08/04/2017 Beckman Young Investigators Program Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation $600,000 2017

Recently Closed Opportunities

UW Internal
Opportunity Name Sponsor Funding Amount Announcement No.
06/22/2017 Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers (P30) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $4,125,000 RFA-AG-18-007
06/22/2017 Competition for the Management and Operation of the National Center for Atmospheric Research National Science Foundation (NSF) $0 NSF 17-550
06/22/2017 EU and US: Getting to Know Europe 2017-2019 European Union (EU) $280,400 EuropeAid/154805/DD/ACT/US
06/22/2017 Science and Engineering / Medical Research June 2018 Cycle W. M. Keck Foundation $2,000,000 June 2018
06/15/2017 Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Science 2018 Pew Charitable Trusts $240,000 2018
06/15/2017 NIAMS Rheumatic Diseases Research Resource-based Centers (P30) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $2,500,000 RFA-AR-18-004
06/09/2017 Allen Institute for Brain Science Next Generation Leaders Paul G. Allen Family Foundation $0 2017
06/08/2017 Searle Scholars Program 2018 Kinship Foundation $300,000 2018
06/08/2017 Data Coordinating Center for the NICHD Neonatal Research Network (U24) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $0 RFA-HD-18-010
06/08/2017 Limited Competition: Data Coordinating Center for Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet (UC4) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $0 RFA-DK-17-507
06/01/2017 Pew-Stewart 2018 Scholars for Cancer Research Pew Charitable Trusts $240,000 2018
05/18/2017 2017 Pediatric Cancer Research Immunology or Immunotherapy V Foundation $600,000 2017
05/18/2017 Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs: Establishing Spokes to Advance Big Data Applications (BD Spokes) National Science Foundation (NSF) NSF 17-546
05/15/2017 Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields Program (WAMS) U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) $100,000 USDA-NIFA-WAMS-006350
05/11/2017 Pathway to Stop Diabetes 2017 American Diabetes Association (ADA) 2017
05/11/2017 Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program (R25) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $1,500,000 PAR-17-210
05/11/2017 Research Education: Bridges to the Doctorate (R25) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $1,500,000 PAR-17-209
05/11/2017 Disney Conservation Fund Annual Conservation Grants 2018 Walt Disney Company $50,000 2018
05/05/2017 Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) $1,920,000 HRSA-17-070
05/04/2017 William T. Grant Scholars Program 2017 William T. Grant Foundation $350,000 2017
05/04/2017 Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC) (2018) National Science Foundation (NSF) NSF 15-576
05/04/2017 Regular Grants 2017 Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Foundation $60,000 2017
05/04/2017 Neurosurgeon Research Career Development Program (NRCDP) (K12) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $1,000,000 RFA-NS-17-010

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