Institutional Nomination: UI WINS

The University of Iowa regularly receives invitations to nominate a restricted number of faculty, staff, or students for high profile funding competitions. The UI institutional nomination process determines the best possible applicants for these competitions.

If a competition with a limited number of applicants is open only to faculty and staff members of one college (or closely related colleges such as the College of Medicine and the College of Public Health), that college will organize its own review process to select the University's applicant.

If a competition is open to faculty and staff members of more than one college, the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) initiates a UI WINS (University of Iowa Winning Institutional Nominations System) competition. The OVPR sets an internal deadline by which interested researchers must electronically submit a two-page CV and brief research abstract through the UI WINS website. Please be aware that we make every effort to identify and post limited competitions at the website. However, if you become aware of a funding opportunity with limited submission requirements that is not listed, please immediately contact with the program title, due date and the URL.

The CV and abstracts are then reviewed by the collegiate Associate Deans for Research, staff members from the Office of the Vice President for Research and selected faculty. The chosen applicants then prepare a full proposal in keeping with the competition's guidelines and UI policies.

Internal nomination competitions, whether they are conducted by individual colleges or through UI WINS, are generally advertised in the Grant Bulletin. The collegiate Associate Deans for Research also distribute news of each competition within their colleges.

A list of current UI WINS competitions is available at dsp/uiwins. Contact your department or college for information about any other current institutional nomination competitions. If you have questions about any aspect of institutional nominations, please contact Cheryl Ridgeway ( or 384-3332) in the Office of the Vice President for Research.