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Research Universities & Biomedical Institutes

Across the Pacific Northwest, research institutions are doing important work that can potentially benefit individuals, families and communities both here and far beyond. The Murdock Trust supports this groundbreaking research by helping to facilitate lab discoveries and bring innovation to where it’s needed most.

Scientific Research Instrumentation Program

Steps in the Scientific Research Grant Application Process:

  1. Read the Guidelines for Scientific Research Application.
  2. If your institution has not submitted a proposal for support of research to the Trust in the last five years, please call Dr. Moses Lee at the Trust (360-694-8415) before completing the Research Application Form.
  3. Submit a Letter of Inquiry. (not required from organizations that have submitted an application to the Trust within the last five years)
  4. Receive your application letter from the Trust. (not applicable for organizations that have submitted an application to the Trust within the last five years)
  5. Download the Scientific Research Application Form and the Suggested Reviewers Form from our website. (Be sure to save the application to your computer before you begin completing it.)
  6. Thoroughly read through the Scientific Research Application Instructions.
  7. Complete the application and required attachments.
  8. Email the completed form to app@murdocktrust.org with all required attachments.

Begin the Application Process with a Letter of Inquiry

Organizations that have not applied for a Scientific Research Grant within the last five years must begin the application process by submitting a clearly written Letter of Inquiry to the Trust. This will save you time and help us understand how well your proposed project may fit with our funding priorities. Learn more about writing a clear, concise Letter of Inquiry here. If you have questions, please email Dr. Moses Lee or call 360-694-8415.

Completing the Application Process

If your proposed project appears to be eligible for Trust consideration, we will write you back and encourage an application. Complete the Scientific Research Application Form and the Suggested Reviewers Form; then email these with the requested attachments per the instructions.

There are no application submission deadlines, but please note that due to the volume of applications we receive, it normally takes six to nine months to process, evaluate and take final action on each request.


Commercialization Initiation Program

Deadline: June 1 (one proposal cycle per completed application)
Awards Announced: Late August
To Learn More: Read the Guidelines for the Commercialization Initiation Program.

Launched in 2015, this program supports the commercialization of bench discoveries at a select group of major research universities in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington — critical work that helps bring valuable research discoveries to market. We consider only each institution’s highest-priority project from the natural sciences, medicine and engineering, and we look to support projects that create a true inflection point for commercialization. (We will dismiss projects designed only to generate data for a subsequent research grant application.)

To learn more about applying, download the Guidelines for Commercialization Initiation Program information, as well as the Application Form and related Instructions and Checklist. Please read these documents carefully before you prepare and submit the complete application form, along with all necessary supporting documentation. Please note that the proposal must be endorsed by the President or by his/her designated officer, and proposals should be submitted through, or in coordination with, the Office of the Vice President (or Vice Provost) for Research.

There is one proposal cycle per year with a deadline of June 1 for completed applications. Awards are announced in August. For more information about the Commercialization Initiation Program, email Dr. Moses Lee or call the Trust at 360-694-8415.