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Population Health

Funding and awards

As part of the initiative’s launch, we are testing a number of funding opportunities to gauge interest levels and to develop processes and workflows for potential future use. Read the details on this page and check back for updates closer to the application period for these opportunities.

Undergraduate students

Recognition and travel awards are available through partnerships with Undergraduate Academic Affairs and the Odegaard Undergraduate Library. Undergraduates are also welcome to apply for Amazon Catalyst awards.

Undergraduate Research Symposium

Recognition awards will be available for innovative, interdisciplinary and well-presented research ideas relevant to population health. The $100 awards were created in partnership with the Undergraduate Research Program and are for students from all three campuses planning to present at the annual symposium.

Students will have the option to submit a 250-word description of how their research aligns with the theme of population health. Leaders of the Population Health Initiative will select standout applications for recognition awards of $100 each.

Awardees for 2017 were announced on May 26.

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Undergraduate Research Conference Travel Award

We have partnered with the Undergraduate Research Program to offer funding for travel awards during the 2016-17 academic year. Requests for up to $800 will be considered for travel to conferences specific to population health.

Applicants from all three UW campuses will complete the normal travel award application. They will also be asked to submit a 250-word description of how their research aligns with the theme of population health. Leaders of the Population Health Initiative will review applications and offer their input into the selection of the awardees.

Additional details regarding the application process and timelines will be released when the award process opens in spring 2017.

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Library Research Award for Undergraduates

Recognition awards of $250 each will be available for innovative, interdisciplinary or well-written research papers relevant to population health. The awards are offered in partnership with University Libraries.

Applicants from all three UW campuses will have the option to submit an additional 250-word description of how their research aligns with the theme of population health. Leaders of the Population Health Initiative will select standout applications.

Awardees for 2017 were announced on June 6.

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Amazon Catalyst

Amazon Catalyst, a collaboration between Amazon and the University of Washington, is an initiative that provides funding and mentorship for globally impactful and disruptive projects that are proposed by members of the UW community. Awards range in size from $10,000 to $100,000 each.

The goal of Amazon Catalyst is to help develop solutions to some of the key problems we face in the world today. Applications are open to all disciplines and to all members of the UW community.

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.

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Graduate students

We are piloting travel awards for graduate students who have been accepted to present their work at a conference. Graduate students are also available to apply for the Amazon Catalyst award.

Travel Awards

Population Health Graduate Student Conference Travel Awards of up to $1,500 are available to further students’ academic, research, or professional goals as they strive to become the next generation of leaders in population health. The application period for this round of funding opens on Monday, April 10, 2017 and closes on Friday, April 28, 2017. Awardees for 2017 were announced on May 11.

These awards are open to graduate students on all three UW campuses who:

  1. Are currently enrolled in a graduate degree program.
  2. Have been accepted to present a population health-related paper, poster, or exhibit, or to serve as an invited speaker, at a conference, symposium, or other professional and academic meeting. Students in the arts may request funding for invited performances or installations.

Applicants cannot apply for retroactive reimbursement for a conference or other meeting already attended. Travel expenses for this award will be reimbursed after being incurred, with the exception of airfare, which can be purchased in advance by working with the UW’s preferred travel agency.

In order to apply, an applicant must be nominated by a faculty member. Once nominated, applicants will receive an email with a link to their portion of the application. Students are encouraged to invite their faculty mentors to consider a nomination.

Applications will be reviewed by members of the Population Health Initiative’s executive council to select successful applicants. Selection criteria include:

  • Quality of the application
  • Importance of participation in the conference to the applicant’s long-term goals
  • Demonstrated need for funding

Faculty Nomination Form

Amazon Catalyst

Amazon Catalyst, a collaboration between Amazon and the University of Washington, is an initiative that provides funding and mentorship for globally impactful and disruptive projects that are proposed by members of the UW community. Awards range in size from $10,000 to $100,000 each.

The goal of Amazon Catalyst is to help develop solutions to some of the key problems we face in the world today. Applications are open to all disciplines and to all members of the UW community.

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.

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Faculty

The Population Health Initiative seeks to create a world where all people can live healthier and more fulfilling lives. In support of that vision, the initiative is pleased to announce a funding call to University of Washington faculty for population health pilot research grants of up to $50,000 each. Applications for this initial round of funding are due on Friday, July 28, 2017. Learn More >

The Office of Research, Amazon, Gates Foundation, Institute of Translational Health Sciences and the National Institutes of Health also offer their own funding mechanisms that support similar work.

Royalty Research Fund

The Royalty Research Fund, managed by the Office of Research, supports UW faculty seeking to establish new research programs.

These one-year awards of up to $40,000 are funded from royalty and licensing fee income generated by the University’s technology transfer program.

Submissions are accepted on the last Monday of September and the first Monday in March every year.

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Amazon Catalyst

Amazon Catalyst, a collaboration between Amazon and the University of Washington, is an initiative that provides funding and mentorship for globally impactful and disruptive projects that are proposed by members of the UW community. Awards range in size from $10,000 to $100,000 each.

The goal of Amazon Catalyst is to help develop solutions to some of the key problems we face in the world today. Applications are open to all disciplines and to all members of the UW community.

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.

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Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Explorations

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation seeks to foster early-stage discovery research through its Grand Challenges Explorations grants. Initial grants of $100,000 each are available, with projects that show promise eligible to receive additional funding of up to $1 million.

These grants are intended to grow the pipeline of ideas for solving the most challenging global health and development issues. Applicants can be at any experience level, in any discipline, and from any organization.

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Institute of Translational Health Sciences

The UW’s Institute of Translational Health Sciences offers a variety of funding for novel, innovative and collaborative translational and clinical research. 

Areas of specific focus include supporting junior investigators, incentivizing new collaborations, improving the conduct of clinical trial research and supporting collaborations between academic and community investigators.

Applications for funding are accepted at different time periods throughout the year.

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National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health has two open Funding Opportunity Announcements (i.e., an R01 and an R21) that are specific to population health. Funding ranges differ, but can be up to a maximum of $200,000 or $500,000 per year depending on the opportunity and proposed work.

The goal of these opportunities is to promote research that focuses on “upstream” level determinants of health, which are the social factors fundamental to group-level differences in health outcomes.

Applicants are encouraged to build multidisciplinary teams comprised of researchers from social, behavioral, basic, and/or clinical sciences.

Learn more about the R01 funding opportunity

Learn more about the R21 funding opportunity