Office of Research

Improvement of Technological Capabilities to Enhance our Understanding of Climate and Arctic Polar Ice Changes

*Update: The OR internal deadline has been pushed to 5/16/13*

The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation invites your organization to participate in its request for letters of intent (LOI) for proposals on the improvement of technological capabilities to enhance our understanding of climate and Arctic polar ice changes. Specifically, we seek proposals whose focus is on the improvement of Arctic observing capabilities in regards to physical and chemical measurements.  Such improvements could occur through expanded technology deployment, development, repurposing, and/or novel implementation.  Proposals should address the specific data gap being targeted, the manner in which the data would be collected and shared with the larger research and modeling community, and the insights and impact this capability would have on the current understanding of climate and/or polar ice changes. Proposals are welcome from single investigators or groups of collaborators.


This invitation is non-transferable, and is being made to 6 select research institutions whose expertise is applicable. Invited institutions may submit up to two LOIs. The LOI itself should contain a brief summary of the research strategy with a maximum length of 2pages (~1000 words).   There will be 1-3 awards made, and awards are anticipated to range from $75,000-$200,000.

Application Instructions

Please submit a two-page letter of intent with a list of all anticipated investigators, description of proposed aims and approach, Biosketch of the PI, and a letter of support from the Dean or Chair to by Thursday, April 11, 2013. This letter of support signifies that the Dean or Chair have ensured that the nominee and application are likely to be of sufficient quality to be competitive nationally. LOIs are due to the sponsor on 6/15/13, so you will need to have your materials in to the Office of Sponsored Programs by 6/8/13 for processing if given the go ahead by the review committee.

Opportunity Details

Program Announcement No.


05/16/2013 UW Internal Deadline Closed
06/08/2013 OSP Deadline
06/15/2013 Sponsor Deadline

Paul G. Allen Family Foundation

Funding amount

$200,000 ($75,000-$200,000)

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