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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Falk Medical Research Trust Catalyst Award 2020

To:Chairs and Administrators; Departments in the Biological Sciences; Associate Deans for Research; College/School Research Administrators
From:Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Education
Date:May 28, 2020
Subject:Falk Medical Research Trust Catalyst Award 2020


Deadline for Internal Review:June 29, 2020

Project Description

The Catalyst Awards provide an opportunity to conduct preliminary work on high-risk, high-reward research addressing a wide variety of clinical disease areas. The target of the Falk Catalyst’s funding are projects at the intersection of technology and clinical science, intended to move from insights gained from basic science towards creating solutions, techniques and tools that can be transferred to clinical practice in the near term. The Catalyst Awards are a stepping stone to eligibility for the Falk Transformational Awards Program. Catalyst research projects must describe specific milestones and benchmarks that if successfully met, would then enable recipients to apply for additional funding through the two-year Transformational Awards program.

Research Focus:
This program is designed to support high-risk, high-reward projects that address critical scientific and therapeutic roadblocks. If successful, these projects will open new avenues for treating and curing disease. The Program has three principal areas of focus:
1. Identification of biological markers of disease activity and progression,
2. Identification of targets for therapeutic interventions, and
3. Development of therapeutic agents that will disrupt, arrest, or prevent the disease process.

Amount per Award: One-year Awards of up to $300,000 (inclusive of 10% indirect costs)
Duration of Award: 1 year seed funding to lay foundation for the Transformational Award – 2 years of additional research funding
Number of Awards: The number of Catalyst Awards available will be determined by the Trustee each year, depending on the availability of funds and the merit of the applications received.



  • Hold a full-time faculty appointment
  • Are independent investigator (s) with demonstrated institutional support and the specialized space and facilities needed to conduct the proposed research
  • Applicants may not have funding support for a similar project
  • United States citizenship is not required; visa documentation is not required
  • Each PI may only submit one application

UW-Madison may nominate up to 2 applicants


Internal Competition Application Instructions

Applications for Internal Review

To submit your application, please email a single PDF to
Please include the following information:

  • Cover page with name, contact information, and title of the project
  • CV
  • Research project summary of no more than 4 pages providing a description of how the proposed project meets the goals of the solicitation

Sponsor Deadlines

Applications are due to Falk Medical Research Trust by August 11, 2020.