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.
12/17/2015 Strategically Focused Heart Failure Research Network American Heart Association $15,000,000 2016

Recently Closed Opportunities

UW Internal
Opportunity Name Sponsor Funding Amount Announcement No.
11/26/2015 Guidelines for Women’s Preventive Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) $4,750,000 HRSA-16-057
11/20/2015 2016 AAF Scholar Awards for Early- to Mid-Career Scientists from all Fields American Asthma Foundation $450,000 2016
11/19/2015 NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards National Institutes of Health (NIH) RFA-RM-15-006
11/12/2015 2016 Clinical Investigator Award Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation $450,000 2016
11/09/2015 National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program National Science Foundation (NSF) $3,000,000 NSF 15-542 2015
11/05/2015 Primary Care Training and Enhancement Program Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) $2,500,000 HRSA-16-042
11/05/2015 NIOSH Centers of Excellence for Total Worker Health® (U19) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $1,300,000 PAR-15-361
11/05/2015 National Center for Family/Professional Partnerships Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) $1,800,000 HRSA-16-049
11/05/2015 2016 Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program Carnegie Corporation of New York $200,000 2016
11/02/2015 The University of Washington Innovation Awards - Engineering Sciences University of Washington $500,000 2016
11/02/2015 Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science (2016) National Science Foundation (NSF) NSF 15-536
11/02/2015 The University of Washington Innovation Awards - Environmental Sciences University of Washington $500,000 2016
11/02/2015 The University of Washington Innovation Awards - Physical Sciences University of Washington $500,000 2016
10/29/2015 Fay Frank Seek Grant Program 2016 Brain Research Foundation $80,000 2016
10/29/2015 Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI:BIC) National Science Foundation (NSF) $1,000,000 NSF 15-610
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
10/29/2015 Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) National Science Foundation (NSF) $600,000 NSF 15-528
10/22/2015 Clinical Scientist Development Award 2016 Doris Duke Charitable Foundation $495,000 2016
10/22/2015 Research Grant Program – Idea Barth Syndrome Foundation $50,000 2015
10/22/2015 Research Grant Program - Development Barth Syndrome Foundation $100,000
10/22/2015 Child Neurologist Career Development Program (CNCDP) (K12) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $16,000,000 RFA-NS-16-003
10/01/2015 Major Research Instrumentation Program: (MRI) Instrument Acquisition or Development National Science Foundation (NSF) $3,000,000 NSF 15-504 (2016)
10/01/2015 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists 2016 New York Academy of Sciences $250,000 2016

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