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.
12/31/2015 Trans-Pacific Fellowships 2015 University of Washington 2015
11/02/2015 Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science (2016) National Science Foundation (NSF) NSF 15-536
09/04/2015 St. Patrick's Day Science Medal Science Foundation Ireland 2015
09/18/2015 Simons Collaboration on the Origins of Life Postdoctoral Fellowship Simons Foundation 2015
10/29/2015 National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program National Science Foundation (NSF) $3,000,000 NSF 15-542 2015
10/01/2016 Major Research Instrumentation Program: (MRI) Instrument Acquisition or Development National Science Foundation (NSF) $3,000,000 NSF 15-504 (2016)
09/10/2015 Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) Network Coordination Office, Computational Modeling and Simulation Center, and Post-Disaster, Rapid Response Research Facility National Science Foundation (NSF) NSF 15-598
09/03/2015 Worker Training Program (WTP) Ebola Biosafety and Infectious Disease Response Training (UH4) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $1,500,000 RFA-ES-15-018
10/29/2015 NIMHD Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers for Health Disparities Research on Chronic Disease Prevention (U54) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $7,500,000 RFA-MD-15-014
09/07/2015 Faculty Scholars Program Greenwall Foundation 2016
09/02/2015 Beckman Young Investigators Program Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation $750,000 2016
10/29/2015 Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) National Science Foundation (NSF) $600,000 NSF 15-528
10/22/2015 Research Grant Program - Development Barth Syndrome Foundation $100,000
10/22/2015 Research Grant Program – Idea Barth Syndrome Foundation $50,000 2015

Recently Closed Opportunities

UW Internal
Opportunity Name Sponsor Funding Amount Announcement No.
08/27/2015 Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Request for Statements of Interest: CHINA PROGRAMS Department of State (DOS) $1,500,000 2015
08/24/2015 U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund Walmart $100,000 2015
08/20/2015 Nanomaterials Health Implications Research (NHIR): Comprehensive Evaluation of Interactions between Engineered Nanomaterials and Biological System (U01) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $1,500,000 RFA-ES-15-013
08/20/2015 Medical Funds 2015 Seattle Foundation $50,000 2015
08/20/2015 Investigators in the Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems Program Simons Foundation $550,000 2015
08/20/2015 Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers (P30) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $4,000,000 RFA-AG-16-011
08/20/2015 Management and Operation of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory (ICNO) National Science Foundation (NSF) $16,777,215 NSF 15-587
08/17/2015 NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) National Science Foundation (NSF) $5,000,000 NSF 15-581
08/07/2015 NEH Summer Stipends 2016 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) 2016
07/30/2015 Quality of Life Grants Program 2nd Cycle 2015 Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation $250,000 2015
07/28/2015 Career Awards for Medical Scientists (CAMS) Burroughs Wellcome Fund $700,000 2016
07/28/2015 2015 Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists Doris Duke Charitable Foundation $540,000 2015
07/28/2015 Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease Burroughs Wellcome Fund $500,000 2016
07/23/2015 Mid-Scale Innovations Program in Astronomical Sciences (MSIP) National Science Foundation (NSF) $4,000,000 NSF 15-580
07/20/2015 Faculty Scholars Program Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) 2015
07/09/2015 Health Center Program Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) $3,720,000 HRSA-16-003
07/09/2015 Searle Scholars Program 2016 Kinship Foundation $300,000 2016
07/09/2015 Career Development Programs in Diabetes Research for Pediatric Endocrinologists (K12) National Institutes of Health (NIH) RFA-DK-15-006
07/09/2015 Building Population Health Research Capacity in the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands (U24) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $2,000,000 RFA-MD-15-011
07/09/2015 NIMHD Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers for Health Disparities Research Focused on Precision Medicine (U54) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $7,500,000 RFA-MD-15-013
07/09/2015 Limited Competition: NIMHD Endowment Program for Increasing Research and Institutional Resources (S21) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $2,000,000 RFA-MD-15-007
07/09/2015 Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC) National Science Foundation (NSF) $2,500,000 NSF 15-576
07/08/2015 Asthma and Allergic Diseases Cooperative Research Centers (U19) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $4,500,000 RFA-AI-15-032

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