UW2020: WARF Discovery Initiative Announcement 

We are excited to continue this program and are announcing the next round of the UW2020: WARF Discovery Initiative. We are requesting an initial submission of a brief abstract (on October 17, 2016) and then a full proposal to follow (on December 5, 2016). To learn more about the application process, including how to submit an abstract, visit our General Information page for UW2020.

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.

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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