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.


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Opportunity Name Sponsor Funding Amount Announcement No.
No Current opportunities found.

Recently Closed Opportunities

UW Internal
Opportunity Name Sponsor Funding Amount Announcement No.
08/18/2016 Simons Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics and Computer Science Simons Foundation $550,000 2017
08/18/2016 Simons Investigators in the Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems Simons Foundation $550,000 2017
08/15/2016 Beckman Young Investigators Program Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation $750,000 2016
08/04/2016 Clinical Research Education and Career Development (CRECD) Program (R25) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $2,500,000 PAR-16-350
08/04/2016 Conference for Early Stage HIV/AIDS Vaccine Researchers (R13) National Institutes of Health (NIH) $300,000 PAR-16-351
08/04/2016 Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR): Establishing the PAWR Project Office (PPO) (PAWR/PPO) National Science Foundation (NSF) $5,000,000 NSF 16-585
08/04/2016 Student-Athlete Health & Well-Being Grant Program (Third Cycle) Pac-12 2017
08/01/2016 2016 Bridge to Independence Award Simons Foundation 2016
08/01/2016 Reeve Foundation Quality of Life Grants Program Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation $25,000 2017
08/01/2016 Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into Geoscience (IUSE: GEOPATHS) National Science Foundation (NSF) $350,000 NSF 16-584
07/28/2016 100&Change ($100 million grant) MacArthur Foundation $16,777,215 2017
07/15/2016 Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) National Science Foundation (NSF) $12,000,000 NSF 16-571
07/07/2016 Searle Scholars Program 2017 Kinship Foundation $300,000 2017
07/07/2016 Resilient and Responsive Health Systems (RRHS) Initiative Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) $9,500,000 HRSA-17-007
07/07/2016 Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease 2017 Burroughs Wellcome Fund $500,000 2017
07/01/2016 Graduate Fellowship grant opportunity in Pharmacology/Toxicology PhRMA Foundation 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