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
11/07/2017 Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease Burroughs Wellcome Fund $500,000 2018
01/11/2018 Grants 2018 American Honda Foundation $75,000 2018
11/02/2017 Annual Grant 2018 Dr. Scholl Foundation $25,000 2018
10/26/2017 Teacher-Scholar Awards Program 2018 Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation $75,000 2018
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
01/02/2018 Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) $0 2018
11/30/2017 Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) (R25) National Institutes of Health (NIH) PAR-16-361 (2018)

Recently Closed Opportunities

UW Internal
Opportunity Name Sponsor Funding Amount Announcement No.
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
10/12/2017 Major Research Instrumentation Program: (MRI) Instrument Acquisition or Development National Science Foundation (NSF) $4,000,000 NSF 15-504 (2018)
10/09/2017 Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program National Science Foundation (NSF) $500,000 NSF 17-585
10/05/2017 Fay Frank Seed Grant Program 2018 Brain Research Foundation $80,000 2018
10/05/2017 Advanced Power Electronics Design for Solar Applications Department of Energy (DOE) $3,000,000 DE-FOA-0001740
10/05/2017 Women in STEM²D Scholars Program Johnson and Johnson 2018
10/04/2017 Foundation Funding for Early Career Faculty University of Washington 2017
09/28/2017 Blavatnik National Awards 2018 New York Academy of Sciences $250,000 2018
09/25/2017 Career Awards for Medical Scientists (CAMS) Burroughs Wellcome Fund $700,000 2018
09/21/2017 Alcoholic Hepatitis Clinical and Translational Network – Clinical Pilot Trials (U01) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $75,000 RFA-AA-18-005
09/21/2017 Alcoholic Hepatitis Clinical and Translational Network – Late Phase Clinical Trials and Observational Studies (Collaborative U01) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $444,444 RFA-AA-18-002
09/21/2017 Alcoholic Hepatitis Clinical and Translational Network – Data Coordinating Center (U24) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $875,000 RFA-AA-18-004
09/14/2017 Limited Competition: A Data Resource for Analyzing Blood and Marrow Transplants (U24) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $14,375,000 RFA-CA-17-031
09/14/2017 Stimulating Access to Research in Residency (StARR) (R38) National Institutes of Health (NIH) RFA-HL-18-023
09/14/2017 Chronic Kidney Disease in Children Central Biochemistry Laboratory (U24) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $1,250,000 RFA-DK-17-034
09/07/2017 CARE Distinguished Researcher Program Washington's Cancer Research Endowment (CARE) Fund $500,000 2017
08/31/2017 Medical Funds 2018 Seattle Foundation $25,000 2018
08/31/2017 Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) National Science Foundation (NSF) 17-573
08/24/2017 Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics 2017 Greenwall Foundation 2017

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