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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.
01/29/2015 Innovation Corps - Regional Node Program (I-Corps Node) 2015 National Science Foundation (NSF) $1,050,000 NSF 12-586 2015
02/12/2015 Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR) National Science Foundation (NSF) $500,000 NSF 14-564 (2015)
01/28/2015 2015 AAF Scholar Award American Asthma Foundation $450,000 2014
02/04/2015 Faculty Scholars Program 2014 Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation $100,000 2014
01/13/2015 Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM) National Science Foundation (NSF) $1,500,000 NSF 15-507
01/23/2015 2015 Robert A. Welch Award in Chemistry Welch Foundation $300,000 2015
01/15/2015 Science and Engineering / Medical Research 2015 W. M. Keck Foundation $2,000,000 2015 B
12/31/2015 Trans-Pacific Fellowships 2015 University of Washington 2015
01/29/2015 2015 Dr. Charles A. Coltman, Jr. Fellowship Program Hope Foundation $100,000 2015
05/14/2015 Amgen Foundation Grant 2015 Amgen 2015
01/29/2015 Small and Large Grants 2015 Garneau-Nicon Family Foundation $50,000 2015
01/20/2015 Sawyer Seminar Invitation 2015 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation 2015
UW Internal
Opportunity Name Sponsor Funding Amount Announcement No.
12/15/2014 Academic-Community Partnership Conference Series (R13) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $90,000 PAR-15-032
12/15/2014 Sickle Cell Disease Newborn Screening Program Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) $5,358,000 HRSA-15-078
12/15/2014 American Heart Association Strategically Focused Research Network American Heart Association $3,709,200 2015
12/11/2014 Clinical Investigator Award 2015 Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation $450,000 2015
12/04/2014 NIH Director's Early Independence Awards National Institutes of Health (NIH) $1,250,000 RFA-RM-14-004
12/04/2014 Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award (R01) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $1,250,000 RFA-ES-15-003
12/02/2014 Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Award 2015 Rita Allen Foundation $100,000 2015
11/27/2014 Innovative / Translational Cancer Research Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation $100,000 2015
11/27/2014 Scholar Award Program 2015 Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Foundation $400,000 2015
11/18/2014 Family-to-Family Health Information Centers Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) $287,100 HRSA-15-114
11/13/2014 Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI:BIC) National Science Foundation (NSF) $1,000,000 NSF 14-610
11/13/2014 NINDS Neuroscience Development for Advancing the Careers of a Diverse Research Workforce (R25) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $1,250,000 PAR-13-256 (2015)
11/13/2014 Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) National Science Foundation (NSF) $381,250 NSF 14-546
11/13/2014 The Midlife in the United States Study (U19) National Institutes of Health (NIH) PAR-14-356
11/13/2014 Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program Brain Research Foundation $80,000 2015
11/11/2014 Advancing Solutions to Improve the Energy Efficiency of U.S. Commercial Buildings Department of Energy (DOE) $1,000,000 DE-FOA-0001168
11/07/2014 2015 Career Enhancement Fellowships for Junior Faculty Woodrow Wilson Foundation 2015
11/06/2014 2015 Round of the Allen Distinguished Investigators (ADI) Program – Life Sciences Focus: Alzheimer’s Disease Paul G. Allen Family Foundation $1,500,000 2015
11/05/2014 Grand Challenges Explorations Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation $100,000 2014
10/24/2014 2015 Clinical Scientist Development Award Competition Doris Duke Charitable Foundation 2015
10/23/2014 Major Research Instrumentation Program: (MRI) Instrument Acquisition or Development National Science Foundation (NSF) $3,000,000 NSF 13-517 / 15-504

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