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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.
10/15/2014 Simons Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, and Theoretical Computer Science Simons Foundation 2015
UW Internal
Opportunity Name Sponsor Funding Amount Announcement No.
09/29/2014 Affordable Care Act - Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program Grants Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) $9,400,000 HRSA-15-102
09/29/2014 Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships National Science Foundation (NSF) NSF 14-600
09/18/2014 Theory Institute in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics National Science Foundation (NSF) $5,000,000 NSF 14-570
09/11/2014 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists 2015 New York Academy of Sciences $250,000 2015
09/11/2014 2014 Round of the Allen Distinguished Investigators (ADI) Program – Life Sciences Focus: Basic insights into neuronal maturation Paul G. Allen Family Foundation $1,500,000 2014
09/11/2014 US-India Institutional Partnership Grants Obama Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative $190,000 OSI RFP 2014
09/10/2014 Science and Engineering / Medical Research 2015 W. M. Keck Foundation $2,000,000 2015
09/04/2014 Faculty Scholars Program 2015 Greenwall Foundation 2015
09/04/2014 Hubs of Interdisciplinary Research and Training in Global Environmental and Occupational Health (GEOHealth) – Research Training (U2R) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $3,000,000 RFA-TW-14-002
09/04/2014 Hubs of Interdisciplinary Research and Training in Global Environmental and Occupational Health (GEOHealth) – Research (U01) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $3,000,000 RFA-TW-14-001
09/04/2014 2014 Medical Funds Seattle Foundation $50,000 2014
08/28/2014 Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) National Science Foundation (NSF) $4,000,000 NSF 14-587
08/28/2014 Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease 2015 Burroughs Wellcome Fund $500,000 2015
08/28/2014 Hazmat Training at DOE Nuclear Weapons Complex (UH4) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $3,500,000 RFA-ES-14-009
08/27/2014 2015 Beckman Young Investigators Program Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation $750,000 2015
08/25/2014 Career Awards at the Scientific Interface Burroughs Wellcome Fund $500,000 2014
08/04/2014 Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR) National Science Foundation (NSF) NSF 14-564

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