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Research - SoHE Internal Funding Opportunities

Research funding is available to SoHE faculty through two competitive awards processes: Course release incentive funding and Centers discretionary research incentive funding.

SoHE Funding Opportunities

In 2019, Dean Shim launched the SoHE Research & Grant Investment Initiative. This involved allocating discretionary funds and program-specific funds to SoHE Research Leads and the Associate Dean for Research in support of SoHE Strategic Goal #1: Increase productivity in research, scholarship and sponsored programs and support and Strategic Goal #2: Collaborate beyond SoHE to build strategic partnerships to solve real-world problems. 

These opportunities are handled as internal competitions and are coordinated by the Associate Dean for Research or the respective Center of Excellence. Each opportunity outlines the process for submitting an application and the eligibility requirements. These proposals are not submitted via WISPER.

SoHE Course Release Incentive Applications - Due August 15 and March 1 each year

In support of advancing SoHE’s productivity and impact in research, scholarship, and grants, Dean Shim has allocated significant resources to fund faculty members’ course releases. The releases are intended to create time for developing promising external funding proposals.

The application focuses on the role the course release will play in the researcher’s overall scholarship and grant process. The course releases are intended for investigators who have identified a significant federal grant opportunity. The aim of the release is to carve out time for the investigator to advance or complete the grant proposal. The applicant will be more competitive if they have support from and/or connection with a SoHE research center.

The Associate Dean for Research sends an email call for proposals to the SoHE community a few weeks before the deadline each spring and fall.

Centers Discretionary Research Funding - Due fall semester each year

Funds for this initiative are to be used specifically to increase extramural grants and sponsored projects that would lead to greater impact in solving real-world problems. Each year, SoHE Research Leads release a call for proposals outlining the research priorities for that funding cycle and how to apply for the funding. Refer to each Centers' funding opportunity below for Center-specific details.

Research - CCFW/CDL/P25 Discretionary Research Incentive Funding

Research - CommNS Discretionary Research Incentive Funding

Research - CFS Discretionary Research Incentive Funding

Research - DS/CDMC Discretionary Research Incentive Funding

Support for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and Justice

In 2020, Dean Shim released funds to support DEI scholarship with an emphasis on projects that support students. These funds were made available:

  • To support areas of study & outreach focusing on equity and justice; resilience and strengths within BIPOC individuals, families, or communities; and/or antiracism
  • To be used for research and/or graduate/undergraduate student support
  • To add a new, DEI element to an ongoing project and/or expand existing scholarship
  • It is expected that dissemination of scholarship from the DEI funds will include both academic and public audiences.

With the 2020-21 Research Incentive Funding award cycle overseen by each Center of Excellence (see above section and links), the availability of this support has been incorporated into proposal review and award processes.

SoHE Research Expense Funding - Due December 15, 2020, February 15, 2021 and April 15, 2021

Building on strong investments Dean Shim and campus leadership have made in the School’s research and scholarship, we are pleased to offer a rolling application process for research funds. Certain research expenses are immediate or foundational in nature and may be needed to enhance competitiveness for preliminary or larger grant applications or scholarly activities. The available funds are intended for research-related expenses that would directly support the faculty members’ productivity and/or competitiveness for future grants and projects.

Requests up to $5,000 may be used for the following: 

  • Training opportunities and/or materials 
  • Storage space for scholarly exhibit materials
  • Software not available through campus site licenses
  • Hourly student funding, limited in time/scope and justified by immediate needs
  • Publication fees (editor services, publication expenses, etc.)
  • Other requested expenses with appropriate justification 

These funds are not intended to cover faculty salary, costs tied to existing grants, or previously incurred expenses. Faculty should rely on existing discretionary research funds prior to applying under this process. Faculty are reminded to apply for relevant Center incentive funding opportunities (see above section on this page).

The application form is brief and requests descriptions of the work that requires this expense and how funds will enhance or advance the work, planned use of funds, and timing of the expense.

Applications may be submitted for one of the following deadlines: 

  • December 15, 2020
  • February 15, 2021
  • April 15, 2021

Requests will be reviewed by a team of SoHE administration and staff members. Applicants will be notified of a funding decision within two to four weeks of application submission. The number of awards will depend on the number of qualified requests received and available funds 

All funds will be distributed by the SoHE Business Office and are expected to be spent by December 31, 2021. Campus purchasing guidelines must be followed. Contact Jane Rolfsmeyer ( for purchasing-related assistance. 

Please contact Lauren Papp ( with any questions.

SoHE Faculty Research Support for Mid-Career/Senior Faculty Researchers - Due September 1 (2021, 2022, 2023)

This three-year pilot program is intended to support tenured mid-career/senior faculty members whose work can substantially benefit from a research associate position award. More specifically, Research Associates (postdoctoral) benefit from the training and mentoring opportunities provided by the Principal Investigator, and the advanced trainees’ work on data and research programs is likewise beneficial to highly engaged faculty members in mid-career and beyond. In short, intentional strategies that expand Research Associate positions at SoHE have the potential for broad impact in career development, research advancement, extramural grant competitiveness, SoHE’s reputation for training future scholars, and the overall standing of UW-Madison.

In support of these aims, Dean Soyeon Shim announces a three-year pilot program to fund a limited number of funded Research Associate positions. This three-year pilot program is to fund one or more positions a year (not to exceed three total positions over the three-year pilot program; however, depending on the number of qualified applications and funding availability, additional positions may be awarded).

Read the full announcement of this research support opportunity.

To apply: Submit the following application materials via email to

  • A cover letter (2 page max.) explaining your relevant experience and current interest in mentoring a postdoctoral research associate
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Application Deadline: September 1, 2021

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