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Opportunities + Deadlines

Check back frequently for the most up-to-date RFPs and funding opportunities relevant to the College of Built Environments. If you know of a great opportunity that you don’t see listed, please email BE Research at and we’ll be happy to share it with the community.

University of Washington Grants

UW Royalty Research Fund, last Monday in September and first Monday in March
UW faculty seeking to establish new research programs with budgets up to $40,000.

UW Bridge Funding, November 1 and May 1, annually
Support for faculty from the Provost’s Office to span the gap in critical research programs.

UW Global Innovation Fund, application will reopen Fall 2017
Initiatives and programs developing cross-college and cross-continent collaborations that enhance the UW’s global reach with budgets up to $20,000.

UW Innovation Awards, application will reopen Fall 2017
Early and mid-career faculty conducting research in health, natural, social, and engineering sciences that is highly creative, innovative, and potentially transformational. Up to $250,000/year for two years.

Amazon Catalyst, currently closed
Amazon and the University of Washington have teamed up to create Amazon Catalyst, a new program to help you launch your next big idea. If you’ve got a big, bold solution to a problem in the world, we want to hear it – and you could get up to $100,000 to bring it to life.

Foundation and Association Grants

Bullitt Foundation Grants, September 15 and March 15, annually
Projects that explore one of five program areas in the Emerald Corridor, the region bounded by Vancouver, BC to the north, Portland to the south, and the Cascades to the east: Energy, Climate, and Materials; Regional Ecosystem Health; Resilient Cities, Healthy Communities; Deep Green Buildings; and Thought Leadership and Innovation.

Graham Foundation Grants to Organizations, 2/25/2017
Programs that support architecture and the designed environment.

Graham Foundation Grants to Individuals, Inquiry Form deadline 9/15/2017
Projects about architecture and the designed environment that will contribute to an individual’s creative, intellectual, and professional growth at crucial or potentially transformative stages in their career.

Guggenheim Fellowship, 9/19/2017
Mid-career individuals in the arts and sciences.

MacArthur Foundation, Ongoing
Currently accepting proposals that focus on conservation and sustainable development.

PCI Foundation, Ongoing
Educational and research initiatives focused on innovative approaches to the integrated and sustainable use of precast concrete design, fabrication, and construction.

Rauschenberg Foundation Grants, Ongoing
Programs and projects that align with the Foundation’s aspiration to achieve a vibrant, equitable, and sustainable world through the power of creative problem solving.

RWJ Foundation, Ongoing
Supports pioneering ideas and innovative solutions to build a Culture of Health in America.

Surdna Foundation, Ongoing
Programs and projects that align with the Foundation’s priority areas of Sustainable Environments, Strong Local Economies, and Thriving Cultures.

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Ongoing
Currently accepting proposals that focus on energy, climate, and conservation issues.

Wellcome Trust – Our Planet, Our Health, Ongoing
Research that focuses on human health, particularly solutions that protect, nurture, and sustain the planet.

Federal Grants

Environmental Engineering | NSF | 10/20/17
The goal of the Environmental Engineering program is to support transformative research which applies scientific and engineering principles to avoid or minimize solid, liquid, and gaseous discharges, resulting from human activities on land, inland and coastal waters, and air, while promoting resource and energy conservation and recovery.

Environmental Sustainability | NSF | 10/20/17
The goal of the Environmental Sustainability program is to promote sustainable engineered systems that support human well-being and that are also compatible with sustaining natural (environmental) systems.

Limited Submission Grants

Funding for Students

Prototype Funding | Environmental Innovation Challenge, 1/12/2018
Have a great idea for an innovation that will contribute to a healthier planet? Already designing something in your studio that contributes to a more equitable and resilient future? Prototype funding can spur development and help convey your idea to a broader audience. We have prototype funding specifically earmarked for teams interested in entering the Environmental Innovation Challenge with at least 1 student (undergrad or grad) in the College of Built Environments. Apply here.

Scan|Design Fellowship, 1/15/2017
This program is designed to foster Danish-American relations by providing generous financial support to undergraduate and graduate students who have been accepted to study abroad in Denmark for a semester, a summer, or a full academic year through any of UW-Seattle’s Danish study abroad exchange programs.

Graham Foundation Carter Manny Award, 11/15/2017

The Graham Foundation offers two Carter Manny Awards: a research award for a student at the research stage of the doctoral dissertation and a writing award for a student at the writing stage of the doctoral dissertation. The research award is acknowledged with up to $15,000 and the writing award is acknowledged with up to $20,000.

Scan|Design Internships and Travel/Study Opportunities, Ongoing
In addition to the Fellowship, Scan|Design supports travel/study opportunities that take place during the academic year or summer. These programs are faculty led and include two to ten week trips in Denmark paired with a University of Washington Course. The Foundation also sponsors several esteemed international internships.