Washington Research Foundation | WRF Capital

Recent and Notable Gifts

Notable Gifts

  • $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 gift 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 gift 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 gift 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 gift 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.

2015-2016 ($6,304,761)

  • $1,147,000 | WRF Fund for Innovation in Neuroengineering
  • $61,000 | Life Sciences Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • $2,200 | UW UbiComp Project Award
  • $408,744 | WRF Fund for Innovation in Protein Design
  • $60,000 | ARCS Foundation Fellowships
  • $125,500 | W Fund Program Support
  • $2,000,000 | UW School of Medicine Heart Regeneration Program
  • $400,000 | UW Molecular Engineering Project Award
  • $50,000 | UW Electrical Engineering Project Award
  • $75,000 | WSU Technology Gap Fund
  • $35,000 | UW Chemistry Faculty Award
  • $2,500 | Economic Development Council SBRI Symposium Sponsorship
  • $3,217 | UW Environmental Innovation Challenge Support
  • $40,000 | UW Electrical Engineering Faculty Award
  • $665,000 | WRF Fund for Innovation in Data-Driven Discovery
  • $100,000 | Infectious Disease Research Institute Pathogen Facility Equipment Award
  • $1,088,000 | WRF Fund for Innovation in Clean Energy
  • $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
  • $30,300 | Miscellaneous Gifts, Prizes and Sponsorships

2014-2015 ($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 Gifts, Prizes and Sponsorships

2013-2014 ($10,057,970)

  • $1,000,000 | UW Biochemistry Edmond Fischer Endowed Chair
  • $75,000 | UW Undergraduate Research Support
  • $40,000 | UW Mechanical Engineering Project Award
  • $50,000 | Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute Commercialization Gap Fund
  • $1,000,000 | WRF Fund for Innovation in Neuroengineering
  • $250,000 | W Fund Program Support
  • $125,000 | UW Technology Gap Initiative Fund
  • $48,000 | Puget Sound Blood Center Project Award
  • $50,000 | UW School of Medicine Project Award
  • $4,000 | UW Mechanical Engineering Industry Affiliate Program
  • $125,000 | UW School of Medicine Project Award
  • $25,857 | WWU Biology Project Award
  • $50,000 | UW Computer Science and Engineering Project Award
  • $25,000 | UW Combined Funding Initiative
  • $999,910 | WRF Fund for Innovation in Protein Design
  • $50,000 | Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Project Award
  • $50,000 | UW School of Medicine Project Award
  • $125,000 | UW Technology Gap Initiative Fund
  • $50,000 | UW Computer Science and Engineering Project Award
  • $1,000,000 | WRF Fund for Innovation in Data-intensive Discovery
  • $8,200 | UW Washington Nanofabrication Facility Award
  • $50,000 | UW Chemistry Recruitment and Retention Award
  • $100,000 | Benaroya Institue Gap Fund
  • $57,500 | ARCS Foundation Fellowships
  • $1,000,000 | WRF Fund for Innovation in Clean Energy
  • $5,000 | UW Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering Project Award
  • $1,000,000 | UW Institute for Protein Design Matching Funds
  • $250,000 | UW Bioengineering Coulter Translational Research Partnership
  • $10,000 | UW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition
  • $125,000 | UW School of Medicine Project Award
  • $22,653 | Miscellaneous Gifts, Prizes and Sponsorships

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For more information about our programs, please contact:

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