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​The purpose of the Royalty Research Fund (RRF) is to advance new directions in research, particularly:
  • in disciplines for which external funding opportunities are minimal, and/or
  •  for faculty who are junior in rank, and/or
  •  in cases where funding may provide unique opportunities to increase applicants’ competitiveness for subsequent funding.


Proposals must demonstrate a high probability of generating important new creative activities or scholarly understandings, new scholarly materials or resources, significant data or information, or essential instrumentation resources that are likely to significantly advance the reputation of the university, lead to external funding, or lead to developing a new technology. (Note: RRF proposals must support faculty development; this fund is not intended to support independent research projects undertaken by graduate students and/or post-doctorates.)
Over the past four years, the success rate for RRF proposals has ranged from 22% to 30%, with an average of 26%.
​There are two distinct RRF opportunities: the standard RRF Program and the RRF Scholars Program. Application materials are the same for both programs.
Before applying, be sure to review the information listed above regarding the RRF Program AND the Instructions for Preparing an RRF Proposal.
Briefly, the RRF application consists of an eGC1 (electronic Grants and Contracts form 1) created online in SAGE (System to Administer Grants Electronically), the proposal documents, and the Suggested Reviewers Memo. The proposal documents are gathered into a single PDF file and attached electronically to the eGC1. The completed application is then routed electronically to all the individuals that need to approve the proposal: Chairs, Directors, and Deans. It is then automatically routed to the RRF. The Suggested Reviewers Memo is submitted separately. Applications not fully approved by the RRF deadline will not be accepted - NO EXCEPTIONS.

​Faculty and professional staff with PI status (as determined by their dean) are eligible to apply; those with acting, affiliate, or visiting appointments may not apply. Eligible faculty ranks include: Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, Research Professor, Research Associate Professor, and Research Assistant Professor. A co-PI must also hold one of the eligible ranks. All applicants must hold an eligible rank at the time of submission and the appointment must be active in the online payroll updating system (OPUS). 

If you have already received an RRF award, you are not eligible to apply again for a period of two years after the previous RRF award was formally terminated and the final report received. RRF Scholar applicants (those requesting one quarter of release time from teaching) must teach at least four regular and substantial courses per year; independent study and dissertation supervision are not included.

Note: If a UW faculty member holds an eligible rank but is based at another institution (i.e. Seattle Children's or Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center), his/her extramural grants must be run through the UW in order to be eligible for an RRF award.
Deans, Directors and Chairs should only be approving RRF proposals for faculty who are eligible for the program.

New Applicants:

Peter A. Wilsnack

206 685-9316 []

Administrative Specialist, Office of Research

Box 351202


Existing Awardees:

Barbara J Thompson

206 616-9089 []

Administrative Specialist to the Vice Provost, Office of Research

Box 351202


Program Chair:

Judith A Ramey

206 543-2588 []

Professor, Human Centered Design & Engineering

Box 352315