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.
06/07/2018 Science and Engineering / Medical Research June 2018 Cycle W. M. Keck Foundation $2,000,000 June 2018
06/11/2018 2019 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science Vilcek Foundation $50,000 2019
05/31/2018 Small and Large Grants 10/31 cycle Garneau-Nicon Family Foundation $50,000 2018 10/31
07/26/2018 Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) National Science Foundation (NSF) $0 NSF 17-573
05/03/2018 Pathway to Stop Diabetes 2018 American Diabetes Association (ADA) 2018
04/26/2018 Autoimmunity Centers of Excellence, Clinical Research Program (UM1 Clinical Trial Required) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $5,750,000 RFA-AI-18-003
04/26/2018 Autoimmunity Centers of Excellence, Basic Research Program (U19 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $3,375,000 RFA-AI-18-002
05/31/2018 NIH Director's Early Independence Award (DP5 - Clinical Trial Optional) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $250,000 RFA-RM-18-010
05/03/2018 Regular Grants Program 2018 Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Foundation $60,000 2018
04/26/2018 2019 Scientific Innovations Award Brain Research Foundation $150,000 2019
04/26/2018 2019 Innovators in Science Award New York Academy of Sciences $200,000 2019
04/23/2018 Materials and Chemical Sciences Research for Quantum Information Science Department of Energy (DOE) $1,500,000 DE-FOA-0001909

Recently Closed Opportunities

UW Internal
Opportunity Name Sponsor Funding Amount Announcement No.
04/19/2018 Research at the Frontiers of X-Ray Free Electron Laser Ultrafast Chemical and Materials Sciences Department of Energy (DOE) $1,500,000 DE-FOA-0001904
04/17/2018 Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) National Science Foundation (NSF) $600,000 NSF 18-532
04/12/2018 Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program National Science Foundation (NSF) $500,000 NSF 17-585 (2018)
04/12/2018 Art Works FY 2019 National Endowment for the Arts 2019
04/12/2018 Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science Supplements and Sites National Science Foundation (NSF) $600,000 NSF 17-575
04/12/2018 CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI) National Science Foundation (NSF) NSF 17-581
04/12/2018 Activating Community Opportunities Using Museums/Libraries as Assets Institute of Museum and Library Services $150,000 NLG-SI-CC-FY18
04/09/2018 2018 Translational Research Grant V Foundation $600,000 2018
04/05/2018 Partnerships between Science and Engineering Fields and the NSF TRIPODS Institutes National Science Foundation (NSF) NSF 18-542
04/05/2018 Quantitative and Statistical Thinking in the Life Sciences Burroughs Wellcome Fund $150,000 2018
03/29/2018 Injury Control Research Centers Center for Disease Control (CDC) $840,286 RFA-CE-19-001
03/29/2018 William T. Grant Scholars Program 2018 William T. Grant Foundation $350,000 2018
03/29/2018 NIAMS Musculoskeletal Biology and Medicine Resource-based Centers (P30 - Clinical Trial Not Allowed) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $2,500,000 RFA-AR-19-002
03/29/2018 NIAMS Skin Biology and Diseases Resource-based Centers (P30 - Clinical Trial Not Allowed) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $2,500,000 RFA-AR-19-001
03/29/2018 Consortia for HIV/AIDS Vaccine Development (CHAVD) (UM1 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $0 RFA-AI-18-001
03/29/2018 Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure (CICI) National Science Foundation (NSF) $1,000,000 NSF 18-547
03/29/2018 2019 Beckman Scholars Program Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation $26,000 2019
03/28/2018 Health-Professional Education Partnership Initiative (HEPI) (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $3,000,000 RFA-TW-17-001
03/26/2018 2018 V Scholar Award V Foundation $200,000 2018
03/22/2018 High-End Instrumentation (HEI) Grant Program (S10 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $2,000,000 PAR-18-598
03/22/2018 Shared Instrumentation Grant (SIG) Program (S10 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $600,000 PAR-18-600
03/01/2018 Andy Hill CARE Distinguished Researchers Program 2018 Washington's Cancer Research Endowment (CARE) Fund $500,000 2018
03/01/2018 Health Workforce Research Center Cooperative Agreement Program Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) $0 HRSA-18-028
03/01/2018 Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) National Science Foundation (NSF) $12,500,000 NSF 18-529
02/28/2018 Opioid Relapse Reduction Therapeutics Grant Brain Research Foundation $50,000 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