Office of Research

2013 Medical Equipment Funds

Each year the Foundation distributes approximately $250,000 in grants to local organizations or institutions through the eight Medical Funds. The Foundation relies on a small group of researchers and community-based physicians to provide peer review of the applications and make funding recommendations to the Board of Trustees. Due to the variety of scientific questions being addressed and medical equipment being requested, Foundation staff looks to the committee for their expertise and advice as to which applications are of strong scientific merit in an effort to best meet the intent of the donors.


Two types of grant funds are available to organizations/institutions through the Medical Funds program: 


Medical Research Projects

Grants are available in the fields of cancer, cardio-pulmonary disease, multiple sclerosis and diabetes. Special consideration will be given to research projects related to immunology, oncology, neurology, molecular biology and genetics.

  • Grants will be given to requests for specific equipment.
  • Preference will be given to organizations/institutions with the capacity to disseminate research findings and who receive regular support from other recognized funding sources (including the federal government).
  • These funds are not to be used for patient care. Research activities can include patient care, but the primary purpose of these grants is to support the purchase of equipment used in medical research.
  • Highest priority will be given to equipment requests that benefit multiple investigators.


Projects Addressing the Healthcare Needs of Low-Income Children

Grants are also available to organizations that are administering projects addressing the healthcare needs of low-income children. Grants will be given to requests for specific equipment and support for capital campaigns or facility renovation projects.


The Seattle Foundation administers the Medical Funds program to support medical research of potential benefit to the community and to address specific healthcare needs.

  • Typically no more than $50,000 is disbursed to any one organization.
  • Applications and all required materials must be sent via email AND postal mail (postmarked) on or before October 1, 2013. Applications selected through internal review will be sent to the Foundation by the UW Office of Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • Final determination of awards and notification of recipients will be made by The Seattle Foundation Board of Trustees by December 31, 2013.
  • A full report of how the funds were used is due within 12 months of receipt of the grant. Any funds not used for the purpose specified should be returned to The Seattle Foundation.


Please note: Medical Research equipment grants provided by The Seattle Foundation may provide full or partial support (usually half or more). Consideration should be given to alternate funding sources that may be required to complete the purchase of equipment requested in the proposal. Grant acceptance may require formal documentation of fundraising plans and/or the identification of other funding sources.

Application Instructions

1)       Complete Narrative sections I, II, and III of the Medical Funds Application Form. Information provided on the cover sheet and in Section I (Organization Background) should reflect your home department. Narrative sections should be written in clear and concise scientific language and be limited to no more than five pages (eight pages total including the application form).

2)       Attach equipment estimates, if available.

3)       The UW Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations will provide institutional attachments and supporting documentation requested in the application; investigators selected for submission will be asked to supply a CV and any IRB documentation ahead of submission.

4)       A brief endorsement letter from the Department Chair must accompany each proposal and should be suitable for submission to the Foundation. In cases where more than one proposal is submitted from a school or department, the Chair’s letter must rank the proposals.

5)       The deadline for internal submission is 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 29, 2013. Please send proposals and endorsement letters to  Please do not submit hardcopies of proposals, slides, or other attachments. 

6)       Proposals selected for submission will be required to complete and submit the eGC1 form to the Office of Sponsored Programs.

7)       The UW Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations will submit the applications to The Seattle Foundation.

Opportunity Details

Program Announcement No.


08/29/2013 UW Internal Deadline Closed
09/24/2013 OSP Deadline
10/01/2013 Sponsor Deadline

Seattle Foundation

Funding amount


Maximum Number of Applications


Eligible groups
  • All campus

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, please email us at