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.
05/11/2017 Disney Conservation Fund Annual Conservation Grants 2018 Walt Disney Company $50,000 2018

Recently Closed Opportunities

UW Internal
Opportunity Name Sponsor Funding Amount Announcement No.
03/27/2017 Cancer Research 2017 V Scholar Award V Foundation 2017
03/23/2017 2018 Beckman Scholars Program Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation $26,000 2018
03/16/2017 St. Baldrick’s Infrastructure Grants 2017 St. Baldrick's Foundation $50,000 2017
03/15/2017 Balzan Prize 2017 International Balzan Foundation $742,000 2017
03/09/2017 Art Works 2017 National Endowment for the Arts $100,000 2017
03/09/2017 Data Science Research: Personal Health Libraries for Consumers and Patients (R01) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $1,000,000 PAR-17-159
03/09/2017 Maximizing Access to Research Careers Undergraduate - Student Training in Academic Research (MARC U-STAR) (T34) National Institutes of Health (NIH) PAR-17-068
03/02/2017 High-End Instrumentation (HEI) Grant Program (S10) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $2,000,000 PAR-17-076
03/02/2017 Strengthening HIV/AIDS Research in Kenya Center for Disease Control (CDC) $5,000,000 RFA-PS-17-005
03/02/2017 Shared Instrumentation Grant (SIG) Program (S10) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $600,000 PAR-17-074
02/23/2017 Fellowships for Science and Engineering Program Packard Foundation $875,000 2018
02/23/2017 Small and Large Grants 2017 Garneau-Nicon Family Foundation $50,000 2017
02/17/2017 Partnerships to Achieve Health Equity (“Partnership”) Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) $400,000 MP-CPI-17-001
02/16/2017 NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) National Science Foundation (NSF) NSF 17-527
02/16/2017 2017 Translational Research Grant V Foundation $200,000 2017
02/15/2017 Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) 2017
02/09/2017 Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure (CICI) National Science Foundation (NSF) $1,000,000 NSF 17-528
02/09/2017 NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) National Science Foundation (NSF) NSF 16-540
02/09/2017 Annual Grants 2017 Marisla Foundation 2017
02/09/2017 ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers (ADVANCE) National Science Foundation (NSF) NSF 16-594
02/02/2017 Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SSE, SSI, S2I2) National Science Foundation (NSF) $500,000 NSF 17-526
02/01/2017 Robert A. Welch Award in Chemistry 2017 Welch Foundation $300,000 2017

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