Jo HandelsmanHandelsman named director of Wisconsin Institute for Discovery

The Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID) will usher in a new year with a new director: Jo Handelsman, a Yale University Professor and the Associate Director for Science in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Dr. Handelsman back to Madison. In addition to being a world class researcher, she is nationally renowned for her impact as a teacher, role model, mentor, and an advocate for women and minorities in science careers,” says Marsha Mailick, UW-Madison's Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education. “Jo is an inspiring individual who brings creativity, a spirit of experimentation, exemplary leadership skills and a commitment to rigor, that make her a great fit for UW-Madison.”

Handelsman begins her position on Feb. 1 and she will report to the Vice Chancellor. In addition to being named WID Director, Handelsman will be honored with a distinguished named chair.

To read more about Handelsman and her appointment see Inside UW.

A copy of Handelsman’s CV may be found here.

To view Handelsman's public presentation outlining her vision for WID please visit "WID As a Catalyst for Discovery: Inspirations from Wisconsin, the White House, and Beyond".

Ackerman named interim director of Space Science and Engineering Center

Associate Vice Chancellor for the Physical Sciences Steve Ackerman has been appointed interim director of the Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The SSEC reports to the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education. Ackerman replaces Hank Revercomb who served with distinction as director of SSEC for 17 years. To read more visit the SSEC's website

Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education welcomes Research and Sponsored Programs

Formally recognizing the need to more closely align research administration with research infrastructure at UW-Madison, the Faculty Senate at its Sept. 26 meeting voted in favor of moving Research and Sponsored Programs from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education. The move was highlighted in an Inside UW story on Oct. 6.

“We are excited to welcome Research and Sponsored Programs as we continue to enhance research support on campus, from proposal submission to closing out awards,” said Marsha Mailick, Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education. “RSP and the OVCRGE have already been working in concert and it makes sense to more closely align our administrative resources. Working within the OVCRGE’s framework, RSP will continue to be responsible for assisting faculty and staff in accomplishing their research goals while also protecting them and the university from risks.”

The UW-Madison has more than $1 billion in annual research expenditures each year. RSP promotes and facilitates the research mission of UW-Madison by supporting and administering extramurally sponsored programs.

Situating RSP administratively within OVCRGE will facilitate data analytics, tracking trends in grant success and evaluating return on investments -- all needed for strategic planning. RSP works with over 3,000 federal and nonfederal sponsoring agencies, many with unique regulatory requirements, and its staff play a key role in protecting researchers and the University from the risks associated with sponsored programs.

“More closely aligning RSP with OVCRGE shows an overall campus commitment to the extraordinary research enterprise here,” said Kim Moreland, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Administration and Director of Research and Sponsored Programs. “By working closely together, we hope to reduce the burgeoning application and compliance burdens on researchers, which allows them to then prioritize more of their time on their research.”

RSP’s offices will remain at 21 N. Park Street.

UW2020: WARF Discovery Initiative Announcement

We are excited to continue this program and recently announced the next round of the UW2020: WARF Discovery Initiative. Submissions of brief abstracts were due on October 17 with full proposals due on December 5, 2016. To learn more about UW2020 (now closed), visit our General Information page.

Fall Research Competition 2016

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education Research Committee is pleased to announce a call for 2016 Fall Research Competition proposals.  This Fall Research Competition is available because of the impressive efforts of UW-Madison faculty and staff in filing successful patents through the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), and the generous support of WARF.

All requests for 2016 research support must be submitted by 4:30 pm on Friday, September 23, 2016. (Now Closed)

Each year, four research committees representing UW-Madison’s faculty divisions – Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Studies, and the Arts and Humanities – review about 500 research proposals from faculty representing 120 different departments and fund about 57 percent of those proposals.

UW2020: Round 2 WARF Discovery Initiative Awards Announced

I am pleased to announce that fourteen highly-innovative research projects have been chosen for the second round of funding for the UW2020: WARF Discovery Initiative.

Led by the University of Wisconsin–Madison Office of the VCRGE, faculty and staff sifted through 119 proposals from across campus. Reviewers identified ambitious, early stage research ideas and infrastructure investments to jump-start innovative interdisciplinary research projects.

The projects, underwritten by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation and spanning the disciplines, were reviewed by 87 faculty and from across the university. Funded projects include 105 faculty and academic staff investigators from eight schools and colleges. Final selections were made by the UW2020 Council, a group of 17 faculty from all divisions of the university.

The goal of UW2020: WARF Discovery Initiative is to support projects that could ultimately transform a field, solve a long-standing problem, contribute to social policy or launch a key new technology. We think we’re off to a fantastic start with rounds one and two.

Marsha Mailick, Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education

Associate Vice Chancellors for Research

Lea Jacobs

Associate Vice Chancellor for Arts & Humanities

323 Bascom Hall


Norman Drinkwater

Associate Vice Chancellor for Biological Sciences

330 Bascom Hall


Steve Ackerman

Associate Vice Chancellor for Physical Sciences

325 Bascom Hall


Jan Greenberg

Associate Vice Chancellor for Social Studies

332 Bascom Hall


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