Our priority is impact: We concentrate our funding on research that addresses important needs in healthcare and other critical areas that will have positive outcomes in Washington state and beyond.

Examples of WRF-funded projects and people can be found on our Stories and Recent Grants pages.

Washington Research Foundation reviews the budget in each proposal for the appropriateness of the direct costs being requested. It is WRF’s policy not to pay indirect costs on any award.

Washington Research Foundation gives through the following programs:

Technology commercialization programs. WRF’s phased Technology Commercialization Grants accelerate the advancement of products and services with public benefit, at three levels.

Phase 1: up to $50,000 (a short pre-proposal can be submitted here)
Phase 2: up to $250,000 (must have previously received a WRF Phase 1 grant)
Phase 3: more than $250,000 (must have previously received a WRF Phase 2 grant)

In addition, WRF is a major contributor and partner to UW’s CoMotion Innovation Gap Fund and WSU’s Commercialization Gap Fund.

Postdoctoral Fellowships. Our WRF Postdoctoral Fellowship program supports exceptional researchers for three years at eligible institutions in Washington state.

Faculty programs. We contribute to the recruitment and retention of faculty at our state’s top research institutions through awards, endowments and chairs.

Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR) Fellowships. HEOR Fellows work with WRF and the University of Washington School of Pharmacy to guide researchers in the development of high-impact health care technologies.

Student programs. WRF supports fellowships for graduate and undergraduate students through the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation and the University of Washington’s Undergraduate Research Program.



Contact Us

If you believe your research is a good match for one of our programs, we welcome the opportunity to discuss it with you.

For more information, please contact us:

Meher Antia, Ph.D.
Director, Grant Programs
(206) 336-5600