Population Health

Funding and awards

As part of the initiative’s launch, we are testing a number of funding opportunities to gauge interest levels and to develop processes and workflows for potential future use. Read the details on this page and check back for updates closer to the application period for these opportunities.

Undergraduate students

Recognition and travel awards are available through partnerships with Undergraduate Academic Affairs and the Odegaard Undergraduate Library. Undergraduates are also welcome to apply for Amazon Catalyst awards.

Undergraduate Research Symposium

Recognition awards will be available for innovative, interdisciplinary and well-presented research ideas relevant to population health. The $100 awards were created in partnership with the Undergraduate Research Program and are for students from all three campuses planning to present at the annual symposium.

Students will have the option to submit a 250-word description of how their research aligns with the theme of population health. Leaders of the Population Health Initiative will select standout applications for recognition awards of $100 each.

Details about the application process and timelines will be released when the submission period opens in mid-January 2017.

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Undergraduate Research Conference Travel Award

We have partnered with the Undergraduate Research Program to offer funding for travel awards during the 2016-17 academic year. Requests for up to $800 will be considered for travel to conferences specific to population health.

Applicants from all three UW campuses will complete the normal travel award application. They will also be asked to submit a 250-word description of how their research aligns with the theme of population health. Leaders of the Population Health Initiative will review applications and offer their input into the selection of the awardees.

Additional details regarding the application process and timelines will be released when the award process opens in January 2017.

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Library Research Award for Undergraduates

Recognition awards of $250 each will be available for innovative, interdisciplinary or well-written research papers relevant to population health. The awards are offered in partnership with University Libraries.

Applicants from all three UW campuses will have the option to submit an additional 250-word description of how their research aligns with the theme of population health. Leaders of the Population Health Initiative will select standout applications.

Additional details regarding the application process and timelines will be released when the application period opens in 2017.

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Amazon Catalyst

Amazon Catalyst, a collaboration between Amazon and the University of Washington, is an initiative that provides funding and mentorship for globally impactful and disruptive projects that are proposed by members of the UW community. Awards range in size from $10,000 to $100,000 each.

The goal of Amazon Catalyst is to help develop solutions to some of the key problems we face in the world today. Applications are open to all disciplines and to all members of the UW community.

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.

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Graduate students

We are piloting travel awards for graduate students who have been accepted to present their work at a conference. Graduate students are also available to apply for the Amazon Catalyst award.

Travel Awards

Awards of up to $1,500 are available. They are open to graduate student applicants from all three UW campuses. To apply, you must be nominated by a faculty member and have been accepted to present a paper, poster or oral presentation at the conference for which you are requesting a travel award. Retroactive funding is not available. Leaders of the Population Health Initiative and the UW Graduate School will select successful applicants.

Additional details regarding the application process and timelines will be released when the submission period for the first round of funding opens in early 2017.

Amazon Catalyst

Amazon Catalyst, a collaboration between Amazon and the University of Washington, is an initiative that provides funding and mentorship for globally impactful and disruptive projects that are proposed by members of the UW community. Awards range in size from $10,000 to $100,000 each.

The goal of Amazon Catalyst is to help develop solutions to some of the key problems we face in the world today. Applications are open to all disciplines and to all members of the UW community.

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.

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Faculty

In 2016, we piloted population health-related funding opportunities in partnership with the Office of Global Affairs and the Simpson Center for the Humanities, and we are now assessing our planned funding approach for 2017. The Office of Research, Amazon, Institute of Translational Health Sciences and the National Institutes of Health also offer their own funding mechanisms that support similar work.

Royalty Research Fund

The Royalty Research Fund, managed by the Office of Research, supports UW faculty seeking to establish new research programs.

These one-year awards of up to $40,000 are funded from royalty and licensing fee income generated by the University’s technology transfer program.

Submissions are accepted on the last Monday of September and the first Monday in March every year.

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Amazon Catalyst

Amazon Catalyst, a collaboration between Amazon and the University of Washington, is an initiative that provides funding and mentorship for globally impactful and disruptive projects that are proposed by members of the UW community. Awards range in size from $10,000 to $100,000 each.

The goal of Amazon Catalyst is to help develop solutions to some of the key problems we face in the world today. Applications are open to all disciplines and to all members of the UW community.

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.

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ITHS Early Investigator Voucher Awards

The UW’s Institute of Translational Health Sciences is offering Voucher Awards as “in-kind” service vouchers for IRB or IACUC approved or exempt investigations in support of outstanding translational research.

Most ITHS facilities/resources that provide services on a fee-for service basis are eligible for participation in this program. These services are tailored to meet the specific needs of each investigator and can include assistance with biostatistics, bioethics, research coordination, data and safety monitoring, regulatory monitoring, biomedical informatics, or clinical support.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Closing dates for applications in 2017 are January 1, April 1, and July 1.

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ITHS Early Investigator Catalyst Awards

The UW’s Institute of Translational Health Sciences is offering “just-in-time” resources to investigators looking to complete a project or collect pilot data for a larger grant application.

Investigators can receive a maximum of $5,000 (direct costs only) toward the purchase of supplies or core services not provided by ITHS.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Closing dates for applications in 2017 are January 1, April 1, and July 1.

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National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health has two open Funding Opportunity Announcements (i.e., an R01 and an R21) that are specific to population health. Funding ranges differ, but can be up to a maximum of $200,000 or $500,000 per year depending on the opportunity and proposed work.

The goal of these opportunities is to promote research that focuses on “upstream” level determinants of health, which are the social factors fundamental to group-level differences in health outcomes.

Applicants are encouraged to build multidisciplinary teams comprised of researchers from social, behavioral, basic, and/or clinical sciences.

Learn more about the R01 funding opportunity

Learn more about the R21 funding opportunity