Institute for Protein Design

WRF Innovation Fellows Program

Congratulations to our first group of WRF Innovation Fellows! Learn more about each fellow at this link:

Second Round WRF Innovation Fellowship Applications Are Due Dec 15, 2014.

The Institute for Protein Design (IPD) is fortunate to be situated in Seattle with a wealth of expertise in healthcare, medicine, computer science, materials science and engineering both at the UW and at the many Seattle-based independent research institutes. With a very generous $8 M gift from the Washington Research Foundation (WRF), the IPD has launched the WRF Innovation Fellows Program supporting research partnerships between the IPD and other Seattle-area research institutes or UW departments.

Project Ideas

A list of potential WRF Innovation Fellow research areas at the IPD and collaborating faculty (PI Mentors) can be found here:

Candidate Fellows

We are recruiting exceptionally talented researchers who have just finished their PhD to join PI Mentor laboratories at local institutions where, in partnership with the IPD  they will apply protein design methods to current health, energy, and materials related research problems.

WRF Innovation Fellows are provided a salary based on experience and qualifications, plus an annual budget of $10,000 in protein production core lab support and a research stipend of $25,000 each year of the appointment.  The stipend can be used for supplies, travel, equipment, and other research costs.

Prospective Fellows:  Submit a one page statement of research accomplishments, your CV, a two page project description, three letters of recommendation, and a faculty sponsor letter via the Interfolio platform via this link:

PI Mentors

PI Mentors:  To propose a project for a WRF Innovation Fellow, e-mail a 1 paragraph research project description with relevant web links to  The descriptions are posted to our WRF IPD Research Areas web page.

Application Deadline

WRF Innovation Fellows proposed projects and fellowship applications may be submitted at any time.  The second round of applications are due Dec. 15, 2014, and successful candidates will be selected in February 2015.


Please contact the WRF Innovation Fellows program at with any inquiries or questions.

WRF Innovation Fellows Program Details

Over the next 5-6 years, there will be a steady state of twelve WRF Innovation Fellows who are supported for 1-3 years with funding for salary, computation, gene synthesis, protein production and other research costs.  Candidate fellows must identify a Seattle-based research laboratory in their area of interest, and are expected to spend most of their time in these laboratories while at the same time becoming expert at protein design methodology at the IPD.  WRF Innovation Fellows will be selected on the basis of their academic achievement and future promise.  Prospective fellows may choose from a list of projects proposed by Seattle area faculty, or propose a new project; in the latter case, the fellow must identify one or more suitable host laboratories.

WRF-IPD Innovation Fellows