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
10/12/2017 Major Research Instrumentation Program: (MRI) Instrument Acquisition or Development National Science Foundation (NSF) $4,000,000 NSF 15-504 (2018)
01/11/2018 Grants 2018 American Honda Foundation $75,000 2018
08/24/2017 Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics 2017 Greenwall Foundation 2017
08/31/2017 Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) National Science Foundation (NSF) 17-573

Recently Closed Opportunities

UW Internal
Opportunity Name Sponsor Funding Amount Announcement No.
08/17/2017 Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems (MMLS) 2018 Simons Foundation $550,000 2018
08/09/2017 Beckman Young Investigators Program Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation $600,000 2017
08/03/2017 Limited Competition – Cohort Studies of HIV/AIDS and Substance Abuse (U01) National Institutes of Health (NIH) RFA-DA-18-011
07/24/2017 Student-Athlete Health & Well-Being Grant Program 2018 Cycle Pac-12 $0 2018
07/20/2017 Pediatric Early Phase Clinical Trials Network (UM1) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $16,777,215 RFA-CA-17-027
07/19/2017 Graduate Fellowship grant opportunity in Pharmacology/Toxicology PhRMA Foundation $0 2017
07/13/2017 2018 Vascular Disease Network American Heart Association $3,709,200 2017
06/29/2017 NIH Director's Early Independence Awards (DP5) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $1,250,000 RFA-RM-17-008

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