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.
No Current opportunities found.

Recently Closed Opportunities

UW Internal
Opportunity Name Sponsor Funding Amount Announcement No.
01/14/2019 Science and Engineering / Medical Research January 2019 Cycle W. M. Keck Foundation $2,000,000 2019
01/10/2019 Annual Grant 2019 Marisla Foundation $0 2019
01/09/2019 2019 Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) $0 2019
01/07/2019 Health and Climate Solutions Robert Wood Johnson Foundation $350,000 2019
01/03/2019 Breakthrough Science Initiative Awards 2019 Ono Pharma Foundation $1,035,000 2019
01/03/2019 Materials Innovation Platforms (MIP) National Science Foundation (NSF) $16,777,215 NSF 19-526
12/20/2018 Data Science Research: Personal Health Libraries for Consumers and Patients (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $1,000,000 PAR-19-072
12/13/2018 National Center for HIV-AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention Extramural Research Program Office Center for Disease Control (CDC) $0 RFA-PS-19-001
12/13/2018 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
12/06/2018 Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR): Data Science Corps (DSC) National Science Foundation (NSF) $3,600,000 NSF 19-518
12/06/2018 Damon Runyon 2018 Clinical Research Award Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation $0 2018
12/06/2018 Grants 2019 American Honda Foundation $75,000 2019
12/06/2018 Culture, education, health, social service Hearst Foundations $250,000 2019
11/30/2018 Enabling Access to Cloud Computing Resources for CISE Research and Education (Cloud Access) National Science Foundation (NSF) $5,000,000 NSF 19-510
11/30/2018 NSF Quantum Computing & Information Science Faculty Fellows (QCIS-FF) National Science Foundation (NSF) $750,000 NSF 19-507
11/29/2018 Stimulating Access to Research in Residency (StARR) (R38) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $221,000 RFA-HL-18-023 (2019)
11/29/2018 NCI 2019 Pre-Doctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $0 RFA-CA-19-002
11/29/2018 Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) (2019) National Science Foundation (NSF) $600,000 NSF 18-532 aka NSF 15-528 (2019)
11/28/2018 2019 Clinical Scientist Development Award Doris Duke Charitable Foundation $0 2019

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