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.
06/21/2018 Space Technology Research Institutes (STRI) National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) $15,000,000 80HQTR18NOA01
06/11/2018 2019 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science Vilcek Foundation $50,000 2019
06/07/2018 NEA Research Labs National Endowment for the Arts $150,000 2018
06/07/2018 Science and Engineering / Medical Research June 2018 Cycle W. M. Keck Foundation $2,000,000 June 2018
06/07/2018 Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust Grant 2018 Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust $25,000 2018
05/31/2018 Small and Large Grants 10/31 cycle Garneau-Nicon Family Foundation $50,000 2018 10/31
05/31/2018 NIH Director's Early Independence Award (DP5 - Clinical Trial Optional) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $250,000 RFA-RM-18-010
05/31/2018 Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Science 2019 Pew Charitable Trusts $300,000 2019
05/31/2018 Pew-Stewart Scholars for Cancer Research Program 2019 Pew Charitable Trusts $300,000 2019
05/30/2018 All of Us Research Program Genome Centers (OT2) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $15,000,000 OT-PM-18-002

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