Research Grants

Benefiting the I/DD Community


Funding Research Since 1950

Two-Year Project Periods


The Arc of Washington Trust Fund has, since 1950, supported research aimed at benefiting the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). We continue to fund research by investigators in the state of Washington aimed at meeting the mission of the Trust Fund - “To support research identifying issues affecting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, to support programs enriching their lives, and to support the education and training of community members working with the I/DD population.” We invite grant proposals for the 2019 – 2020 funding period.

Research grants are limited to a total of $40,000 and Indirect Costs / Institutional overheads are limited to 10% of total budget. The project period may be up to two years with a portion of the funding made available each year. The award cannot be renewed or extended beyond the proposal period unless approved in writing by the Trust.

Research must directly benefit individuals with IDD or lead to a benefit through programmatic or legislative changes. Proposals from young investigators (i.e. in first 10 years of investigator’s career) are preferred, but investigators at all career stages are welcome to apply. Similarly, proposals with a high likelihood of attracting concurrent or follow-on funding from federal, state, or other sources are preferred.

In order to apply, a Letter of Intent – identifying the investigator(s), institutions involved, and a one page summary of the intended research and its potential impact – is required by August 3rd, 2020 for Trust Fund Board consideration.

For a Research Grant Letter of Intent form, click the button below:

After downloading the form, please fill out completely and email to:

Completed letters, along with all other required documents and materials, must be emailed no later than 12:00 Midnight in the locality where transmitted no later than August 3, 2020. Extensions will not be granted, and late letters will not accepted.

Investigators invited to submit a full Proposal will be notified by Sept. 1st, and a full proposal will be due October 1, 2020. Proposals will be limited to 6 pages - to include Background, Specific Aims, Research Plan (including any preliminary data and a timeline) and a Statement of Anticipated Impact. Ancillary material – references, letters of support, biosketches of investigators, line item budget and budget justification - are required but will not be counted against proposal page limits. Further details and restrictions will be sent to investigators who are chosen to submit full proposals on September 1, 2020.

For questions on the Research Grant program, please contact us by email at

For a summary of grants awarded since 1985: “Summary of Grant Awards”.