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.
10/18/2018 Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program: Instrument Acquisition or Development National Science Foundation (NSF) $4,000,000 NSF 18-513
10/16/2018 Clinical and Translational Science Award (U54 Clinical Trial Optional) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $7,500,000 PAR-18-940
10/04/2018 Prevention of HPV-related Cancers in HIV-infected individuals: United States-Latin American-Caribbean Clinical Trials Network: Partnership Centers (U54 Clinical Trial Required) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $7,500,000 RFA-CA-18-018
10/04/2018 Cancer Prevention Clinical Trials Network (CP-CTNet): CP-CTNet Sites (UG1 Clinical Trial Required) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $5,625,000 RFA-CA-18-029
10/04/2018 Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program 2019 Carnegie Corporation of New York $200,000 2019
10/04/2018 Capacity Building Assistance (CBA) for High Impact HIV Prevention Program Integration Center for Disease Control (CDC) CDC-RFA PS19-1904
09/28/2018 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists 2019 New York Academy of Sciences $250,000 2019
09/27/2018 HHMI 2019 Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) $0 2019
09/25/2018 Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC) National Science Foundation (NSF) $0 NSF 15-576
09/21/2018 Career Awards for Medical Scientists (CAMS) 2019 Burroughs Wellcome Fund $700,000 2019
09/06/2018 Pediatric Critical Care and Trauma Scientist Development Program (K12 Clinical Trial Optional) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $600,000 RFA-HD-19-008
08/30/2018 Career Awards at the Scientific Interface (CASI) 2019 Burroughs Wellcome Fund $500,000 2019
08/23/2018 Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) National Science Foundation (NSF) $0 2019
08/23/2018 Medical Funds 2019 Seattle Foundation $25,000 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