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Royalty Research Fund (RRF) Grant Program

Members of the UW Research Community:

The Office of Research invites applications to the Fall 2023 round of the Royalty Research Fund (RRF) grant program. Proposals are due Monday, September 25, by 5:00PM. Departments and Colleges/Schools may have earlier deadlines, so all applicants are advised to check with their program’s administrative staff. Awards will be announced by January 15, 2024.

The purpose of the RRF is to advance new directions in research, particularly:

  • In disciplines for which external funding opportunities are minimal.
  • For faculty who are junior in rank.
  • In cases where funding may provide unique opportunities to increase applicants’ competitiveness for subsequent funding.

Proposals must demonstrate a high probability of generating important new creative activities or scholarly understandings, new scholarly materials or resources, significant data or information, or essential instrumentation. Proposals from all disciplines are welcome, with budgets up to $40,000. Proposals will be peer reviewed through one of four RRF Review Committees:

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Basic Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Physical Sciences and Engineering

Some of you may notice that we have changed the committee structure to separate Arts and Humanities from Social and Behavioral Sciences. Especially in light of this change, please select the Research Area that most closely matches your project, which might not necessarily align with your home department.

Application instructions can be found at the Office of Research Royalty Research Fund web site.


New in 2023:

Every application now requires a statement of broader impacts. For those who have submitted in the past, please check the instructions for updated requirements. For senior faculty, describe in detail in your application how the proposal meets at least one of the following criteria:

  • Supporting a genuinely new direction in the applicant’s research and/or career development
  • Providing a unique opportunity (competing for subsequent one-time or infrequently-offered funding, undertaking research that is inherently time-sensitive/time-limited)
  • Originating in a discipline for which external funding opportunities are minimal


Contact the RRF administrative staff with questions about the program: Peter Wilsnack, doogieh@uw.edu206-685-9316.