Washington Research Foundation | WRF Capital

Recent and Notable Grants

Notable Grants

  • $31.2 million pledged to four University of Washington departments for the recruitment and retention of postdocs and faculty is strengthening the university's reputation and contribution to innovation and scientific discovery.
  • A $10 million grant to Charles Murry and his team at UW Medicine will provide the means to accelerate pioneering research for their Heart Regeneration Program.
  • $2 million to the Institute for Systems Biology will enable the hiring of a big-data expert and rapid advances in its scientific wellness program. The goal is to prevent illness rather than treat it.
  • WRF gave $2 million, which was then leveraged with other donors to $125 million, to UW Genome Sciences for the purchase of equipment to help Dr. Robert Waterston and his faculty decode genetic contributors to heart, lung and blood disorders.
  • A grant of $34,000 to the University of Washington’s Computer Science and Engineering department assisted MacArthur Fellow Dr. Shwetak Patel’s research and testing of the energy sensing and monitoring technology that would provide the foundation for his startup Zensi, Inc. Electronics giant Belkin International, Inc. later acquired Zensi.
  • A $30,000 grant to the UW Computer Science Department helped Oren Etzioni to develop the core technology that became the basis of the venture-backed company Farecast, in which WRF Capital was an investor. Farecast was acquired by Microsoft.
  • WRF's $28,000 grant supporting Dr. Les Atlas' pilot research into "A Method of Hearing Enhancement" allowed him to develop a cochlear-implant hearing aid that allows users to hear music and better speak tonal languages such as Mandarin.
  • $10,000 to Dr. Richard Ladner’s “Tactile Graphics Project” in the UW’s Computer Science and Engineering department enabled the development of a software program to translate graphs and images into Braille.

Fiscal Year 2017 ($6,826,823)

  • $72,500 | ARCS Foundation Fellowships
  • $27,000 | Western Washington University Project Award
  • $1,830,006 | WRF-UW Fund for Innovation in Protein Design
  • $1,462,000 | WRF-UW Fund for Innovation in Neuroengineering
  • $1,240,000 | WRF-UW Fund for Innovation in Data-Driven Discovery
  • $473,000 | WRF-UW Fund for Innovation in Clean Energy
  • $40,000 | UW Electrical Engineering Faculty Award
  • $35,000 | UW Chemistry Faculty Award
  • $10,000 | UW Graduate Fellowships
  • $25,000 | WSU Team Mentoring Program Award
  • $2,067 | UW School of Medicine Heart Regeneration Program
  • $250,000 | WSU Technology Gap Fund
  • $5,000 | UW Molecular Engineering Project Award
  • $5,000 | UW Molecular Engineering Project Award
  • $5,000 | WSU Engineering Project Award
  • $125,000 | UW Technology Gap Initiative Fund
  • $100,000 | UW Undergraduate Fellowships
  • $50,000 | UW School of Medicine Project Award
  • $1,000,000 | UW School of Medicine Heart Regeneration Program
  • $50,000 | UW Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity
  • $25,250 | Miscellaneous Grants, Prizes and Sponsorships

Fiscal Year 2016 ($10,117,961)

  • $1,147,000 | WRF-UW Fund for Innovation in Neuroengineering
  • $61,000 | Life Sciences Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • $2,200 | UW School of Medicine Project Award
  • $408,744 | WRF-UW Fund for Innovation in Protein Design
  • $60,000 | ARCS Foundation Fellowships
  • $137,500 | W Fund Program Support
  • $2,000,000 | UW School of Medicine Heart Regeneration Program
  • $78,000 | UW Microbiology Faculty Award
  • $400,000 | UW Molecular Engineering Project Award
  • $1,088,000 | WRF-UW Fund for Innovation in Clean Energy
  • $25,000 | Institute for Systems Biology Project Award
  • $50,000 | Pacific Northwest Research Institute Project Award
  • $1,000,000 | WRF-UW Fund for Innovation in Data-Driven Discovery
  • $50,000 | UW College of Education Project Award
  • $75,000 | WSU Technology Gap Fund
  • $125,000 | UW Technology Gap Initiative Fund
  • $35,000 | UW Chemistry Faculty Award
  • $1,000,000 | UW School of Medicine Heart Regeneration Program
  • $2,500 | Economic Development Council SBRI Symposium Sponsorship
  • $3,217 | UW Environmental Innovation Challenge Support
  • $25,000 | Institute for Systems Biology Project Award
  • $40,000 | UW Electrical Engineering Faculty Award
  • $665,000 | WRF-UW Fund for Innovation in Data-Driven Discovery
  • $50,000 | UW Mathematics Faculty Award
  • $100,000 | Infectious Disease Research Institute Pathogen Facility Equipment Award
  • $10,000 | Fred Hutch Obliteride Sponsorship
  • $125,000 | UW Technology Gap Initiative Fund
  • $10,000 | WSU Chemistry Project Award
  • $100,000 | UW Undergraduate Research Fellowships
  • $50,000 | UW Chemistry Project Award
  • $25,000 | WSU College of Medicine Faculty Award
  • $1,000,000 | WRF-UW Fund for Innovation in Clean Energy
  • $50,000 | UW School of Medicine Project Award
  • $5,000 | UW School of Medicine Faculty Award
  • $3,500 | UW Electrical Engineering Faculty Award
  • $50,000 | UW Electrical Engineering Project Award
  • $61,300 | Miscellaneous Grants, Prizes and Sponsorships

Fiscal Year 2015 ($9,682,120)

  • $2,565,000 | WRF Fund for Innovation in Data-Driven Discovery
  • $20,440 | WSU Mechanical Engineering Project Award
  • $75,000 | UW Undergraduate Research
  • $50,000 | UW Chemistry Faculty Award
  • $125,000 | WSU Technology Gap Fund Support
  • $1,407,000 | WRF Fund for Innovation in Neuroengineering
  • $30,000 | WSU Veterinary School Project Award
  • $100,000 | Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Project Award
  • $39,900 | UW Astronautics & Aeronautics Project Award
  • $25,000 | UW Combined Funding Initiative
  • $250,000 | UW Technology Gap Initiative Fund
  • $50,000 | Benaroya Institue Gap Fund
  • $40,000 | UW Electrical Engineering Faculty Excellence Award
  • $350,000 | UW Washington Nanofabrication Facility Award
  • $2,241,939 | WRF Fund for Innovation in Protein Design
  • $50,000 | UW Bioengineering Project Award
  • $35,000 | UW Chemistry Faculty Award
  • $52,500 | ARCS Foundation Fellowships
  • $250,000 | UW Bioengineering Coulter Translational Research Partnership
  • $250,000 | W Fund Program Support
  • $24,910 | UW Electrical Engineering Project Award
  • $10,000 | UW School of Medicine Muscle Research Conference Sponsorship
  • $1,875,000 | WRF Fund for Innovation in Clean Energy
  • $49,981 | UW School of Medicine Project Award
  • $23,000 | WSU Electrical Engineering Project Award
  • $15,000 | UW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition
  • $50,000 | UW iSchool Project Award
  • $3,300 | Miscellaneous Grants, Prizes and Sponsorships

Contact Us

For more information about our programs, please contact:

Beth Etscheid, Ph.D.
Director of Research Commercialization
Washington Research Foundation
(206) 336-5600