Amazon Catalyst Grants

Application deadline: None; applications accepted on rolling basis throughout year

Amazon and the University of Washington have collaborated to launch Amazon Catalyst, a new initiative to provide funding and mentor ship for projects from any discipline proposed by members of the UW community. Amazon Catalyst’s goal is to help people develop solutions to key problems faced in the world today.

Grants will be awarded for projects that take place over a period of several months to up to two years, and will range from $10,000 to $100,000 each with no overhead costs (100% of awarded funding goes to the applicants). Successful applicants will be called “Amazon Catalyst Fellows.” There are specific rules about the management of intellectual property developed from Amazon Catalyst projects (see the FAQ for more detail). Projects that show success in the grant period may have the option for follow-on support through continued collaboration with Amazon.


The Amazon Catalyst program is open to *all* current members of the University of Washington community. This includes current students, faculty, and staff at the University of Washington, UW Bothell and UW Tacoma. Note that not all members of teams affiliated with a project are required to have University of Washington affiliation, but the lead member of the team (who will receive the funding and will be responsible for its use) must be a current student, faculty member, or staff member.

Awards are not limited to community members in the sciences and engineering – projects in the humanities, social sciences, arts, and virtually any discipline inside or outside the university will be considered. Projects do NOT need to have any correlation with Amazon or Amazon’s businesses so feel free to dream big about whatever it is that is your passion!

Proposals are reviewed in a three-step process: (i) an evaluation of the application by a member of the Amazon Catalyst organization, (ii) an in-person meeting with one or more members of the Amazon Catalyst Evaluation Committee to discuss the project in detail, and (iii) a final selection by vote of the Committee. If offered a grant through the program, awardees will be required to sign a contract with the University of Washington, describing the grant and associated terms.

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