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.
11/03/2016 Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program Brain Research Foundation $80,000 2017

Recently Closed Opportunities

UW Internal
Opportunity Name Sponsor Funding Amount Announcement No.
10/20/2016 Rural Health Research Dissemination Cooperative Agreement Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) $540,000 HRSA-17-002
10/20/2016 Major Research Instrumentation Program: (MRI) Instrument Acquisition or Development National Science Foundation (NSF) $4,000,000 NSF 15-504 (2017)
10/20/2016 T Cell Reagent Research for the Study of Allergic Diseases (U19) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $3,000,000 RFA-AI-16-027
10/20/2016 NIDDK Inflammatory Bowel Disease Genetics Consortium (IBDGC) Genetic Research Centers (GRCs) (U01) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $1,465,000 RFA-DK-16-029
10/06/2016 National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program National Science Foundation (NSF) $3,000,000 NSF 16-503
10/06/2016 BD2K Research Education Curriculum Development: Data Science Overview for Biomedical Scientists (R25) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $450,000 RFA-ES-16-011
10/06/2016 Alzheimer's Clinical Trials Consortium (ACTC) (U24) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $16,777,215 RFA-AG-17-005
10/06/2016 Asthma and Allergic Diseases Cooperative Research Centers (U19) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $4,500,000 RFA-AI-16-065
10/06/2016 Centers for HIV/AIDS-Related Structural Biology (P50) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $16,000,000 RFA-GM-17-003
10/06/2016 Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN) Supporting the Next Phase of NCN Nodes Programs National Science Foundation (NSF) $4,000,000 NSF 16-593
09/23/2016 Career Awards for Medical Scientists (CAMS) 2017 Burroughs Wellcome Fund $700,000 2017
09/22/2016 Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) $2,189,710 HRSA-17-029
09/21/2016 NEH 2017 Summer Stipends National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) $6,000 2017
09/08/2016 Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI:BIC) National Science Foundation (NSF) $1,000,000 NSF 16-591
08/25/2016 Medical Funds 2017 Seattle Foundation $50,000 2017
08/25/2016 George M. O'Brien Kidney Research Core Centers (P30) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $3,750,000 RFA-DK-16-031
08/25/2016 Pediatric Centers of Excellence in Nephrology (P50) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $3,750,000 RFA-DK-16-032
08/25/2016 Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics 2017 Greenwall Foundation 2017
08/25/2016 Blavatnik National Awards 2017 New York Academy of Sciences $250,000 2017
08/25/2016 Cancer Target Discovery and Development Network (U01) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $3,750,000 RFA-CA-16-014

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