Due to funding limitations, LSDF is ceasing operations and will not be offering new grant opportunities.  

The Life Sciences Discovery Fund (LSDF) provides funding opportunities to advance life sciences research and development and outcomes in Washington. LSDF's grantmaking opportunities are designed to leverage the state's investment in research and development by achieving three goals:

  • promoting health;
  • making the life sciences sector more competitive; and
  • strengthening Washington's economy.

In all of its grant programs, LSDF advances its primary goals by evaluating proposals according to a consistent set of general criteria:

  • scientific and technical merit;
  • health benefits that will accrue to Washington; and
  • potential economic gains promoted by the research.

Grant agreements establish timelines and milestones to achieve outcomes. During and after the grant period, recipients provide detailed reports that permit evaluation of LSDF's awards programs.