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Research-UW-Madison Internal Funding Opportunities
Below are funding opportunities offered by different units across the UW-Madison campus. These opportunities support faculty and/or staff in research and public service projects and activities. Always check the sponsoring unit’s website for the most current eligibility criteria, application requirements, and deadline.
The following list is not exhaustive. It includes both general opportunities and program-specific opportunities with an apparent connection to SoHE research and scholarship.
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (VCRGE) provides research funding for faculty through its annual cross-campus Fall Research Competition, as well as funding for travel for faculty to domestic and international meetings, named professorships, mid-career awards, and faculty fellowships. Other VCRGE funding programs provide grants to help transfer technologies from the laboratory to the marketplace.
- Fall Research Competition Due September. Typically <$75,000
- State Economic Engagement and Development (SEED) Research Grants Program Due February. $50,000
- UW2020 Due October. $300,000-$500,000
- Data Science Initiative Due March. $200,000 average award size
- Contemporary Social Problems Initiative Not currently active (2020)
- Understanding and Reducing Inequalities Initiative Due November. $100,00-$250,000
- Draper TIF (with Discovery 2 Product [D2P]) Due quarterly May/Aug/Nov/Feb. $50,000
- Conference Travel Awards Rolling deadline. $500 limit in 2020 due to university travel restriction
Office of the Provost supports a variety of research, teaching, and service awards for faculty and staff, often through Chair or Dean nominations. Check the website for those opportunities.
- Baldwin WI Idea Endowment Seed Grants Due November. $4,000
- Baldwin WI Idea Endowment Project Grants Pre-proposal due November. $120,000
Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) researches the causes and consequences of poverty and inequality in the United States. It brings together social scientists from across research disciplines such as economics, sociology, social work, and demography.
- Extramural Research Funding Program Due January. $25,000
- Extramural Small Grant Program on Poverty, Retirement, and Disability Research Due January. $36,000
- Researcher-Practitioner Evaluation Partnership Grants Due January. Award levels vary.
School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) offers numerous resources for faculty, researchers and practitioners. SoHE researchers have frequently been involved in the WI Partnership Program (WPP) grant programs.
- WPP Collaborative Health Sciences Program Due January. $600,000
- WPP Community Impact Grants Due January. $1,000,000
Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) continually updates the pilot awards program to include new initiatives and funding opportunities. Targeted research areas include basic discovery research, patient-based clinical research, patient-centered outcomes research, dissemination and implementation research, and community engaged research.
- Clinical and Community Outcomes Research (CCOR) Due January. $75,000
- Collaborative Health Equity Research (CHER) Due January. $50,000
- Dissemination & Implementation (D&I) Research Award Due January. $150,000
- Stakeholder & Patient Engaged Research (SPER) Due January. $100,000
- Translational Basic & Clinical Research Pilot Award Due January. $50,000
Morgridge Center for Public Service offers funding opportunities for UW-Madison faculty and instructional staff for community-based learning courses, research, community-engaged projects and more.
- Community-Based Research Grants Due December. $5,000
- Course Development Grants Due December. $5,000
- WI Idea Fellowships Mentoring program for undergraduate student, no listed deadline.
Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership takes as its mission the promotion of effective leadership, bipartisan approaches to public policy, and well-researched policy. The Center funds faculty research across the UW System that will advance public leadership and help leaders to address pressing policy challenges.
- TGT Research Grant Awards Due June. Award level varies by project need.
Global Health Institute (GHI) grant programs support innovative global health work in Wisconsin and across the world.
- Seed Grants Due January. $25,000
- Faculty and Staff Travel Awards Due January. $2,500
- Visiting Scholar Awards Due January. $8,000
- GHI Graduate Student Research Awards Due January. $3,000
- Anderson Graduate Student Research Award Due January. $1,500
- Clinical Research Awards Due January. $5,000
Institute for Research on the Humanities (IRH) awards some 40-45 stipendary and non-stipendary fellowships to internal and external applicants each year. The College of Letters & Science and generous gifts to the Institute fund these fellowships, which are open to applicants in any discipline or field whose project has clear significance for the humanities. Most IRH fellowships are not limited by theme or research area but there are exceptions. Check the IRH website for full elibility requirements.
- Multiple Fellowships for UW Faculty, visiting Faculty, and Postdoctoral Researchers Check website for the details specific to each fellowship program. Due dates and award levels vary by program.
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) manages the awarding of funding allocated to UW-Madison under the federal McIntire-Stennis and Hatch Acts. Faculty from CALS and SoHE are eligible to apply.
- Hatch Projects (USDA Formula Funding in Agricultural, Food Systems and Nutrition Research) Due September. Award levels vary by project need.
The Division of the Arts provides research support to faculty, staff, and students in the arts through. A call for applications and nominations is released early each fall with a deadline in December each year.
- Faculty Arts Research. Two programs, $30,000 and $20,000 awards
- Staff and Faculty Arts Outreach. Two programs, $6,500 and $3,500 awards
- Student Arts Research and Achievement. Three programs, $1,500 and $2,000 awards
School of Human Ecology (SoHE) conducts competitive grant cycles every year, with awards made to support faculty in proposal writing and/or conducting pilot data collection or seed projects that will support further proposal development.
- SoHE Course Release Incentive Applications Due March and August. Awards result in a one semester course release.
- SoHE Centers of Excellence Discretionary Research Incentive Funding Due each fall semester. Award levels vary by project need (typically $25,000 or less).
- Center for Financial Security (CFS) Retirement and Disability Research Center (funded through the Social Security Administration [SSA]). Rolling deadline. Proposals must focus on topic areas relevant to SSA priorities.
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