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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Fall Research Competition

The Fall Research Competition application opens on August 9,2021 at 8:00 am and closes on September 10, 2021 at 4:30pm.

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PLEASE NOTE:  If your research has been delayed due to COVID 19, please feel free to contact the appropriate Associate Vice Chancellor for Research to discuss further.

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This competition is for tenured professors and associate professors, tenure-track assistant professors, and permanent PIs at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Faculty members and permanent principal investigators (PI) may submit one application to the standard competition. This submission may be either individual or involve collaboration with another faculty member or permanent PI. Applicants will be notified of the outcome in December 2021.


To make the best use of the funds available to the Committee, an important goal is that Research Committee investments lead to continued external funding in disciplines where that is possible. Senior faculty, and junior faculty who have received significant prior fall research competition funding and/or significant VCGRE funding, are encouraged to submit proposals that serve as backup support for external grant applications. Alternatively, funding may be requested for pilot studies in new research directions, with the goal of developing preliminary data that will increase the likelihood of competitive extramural support. See the FAQs below for further information on priorities for funding within each division. Information about the granting procedures of various federal and non-federal agencies is available from the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs.

If you are applying for a Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), or American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) fellowship, contact your Divisional Associate Vice Chancellor (608-262-1044).  Make sure you know and understand the supplementation policies, especially for external research fellowships other than the three identified above.

Review the Research Committee Policies for 2021.

Example Application

Here you can find an example of the 2021 application along with the associated directions.

Frequently Asked Questions by Division

Arts and Humanities

Biological Sciences

Physical Sciences

Social Sciences

Contact Information

Questions about the application? or 608-262-8386

Having technical difficulties?

Applying for Guggenheim, NEH, or ACLS?
Contact the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education at 608-262-1044.