Grant Matching Programs
An important goal of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (OVCRGE) is to support faculty and Permanent PI efforts to garner extramural support to enhance the research infrastructure at UW-Madison, to build larger scale research and research training programs, and to invigorate their scholarship through off-campus faculty fellowships. In support of this goal, OVCRGE provides matching funds for the following types of extramural grants.
Research Instrumentation and Infrastructure
We intend to support the campus research enterprise by collaborating with other units on campus to provide institutional support for the purchase of expensive pieces of equipment or the establishment of other infrastructure that will facilitate the research efforts of multiple investigators or groups of faculty researchers. A longstanding example of this type of support is for applications through the NSF Major Research Instrumentation program. Detailed policies related to matching for the NSF-MRI program are provided elsewhere. We have expanded the scope of the instrumentation/infrastructure matching program to include extramural applications to all federal agencies and private foundations. We will provide up to 20% of the total cost of the instrumentation/infrastructure to a limit of $750,000. We expect that additional matching funds will be provided by other campus units, ideally at a level in aggregate that equals or exceeds the funding provided by the OVCRGE.
Research Training Grants
UW-Madison has excelled at training the next generation of researchers, and many of our graduate students or postdoctoral fellows go on to achieve prominence for their research in academic institutions, government agencies, or the private sector. One reflection of this success is that our campus is the recipient of a large number of T32 training grants from NIH and some similar training awards from other agencies. Because these awards do not typically provide the full cost of tuition and fringe benefits for the trainees, we have provided funds to support those residual costs. In addition, OVCRGE has provided since 2015 flexible funding for training related costs of 2.5% of the first year direct costs for each year of new NIH T32 awards or equivalent pre- and post-doctoral training grants from other agencies.
Research Center Grants
Multi-disciplinary research centers bring together researchers from across the campus to pursue common goals related to a particular research problem or area of investigation. Such centers foster novel collaborative opportunities and are the source of some of the most innovative research on campus. Many of these centers obtain support from core or center grants, such as NIH P30, P50, U19, or U54 grants, or NSF grants for Science and Technology Centers-Integrative Partnerships. To better support our multi-disciplinary research centers and increase their competitiveness for extramural support, OVCRGE will provide flexible funds up to 10% of the first year direct costs, to a limit of $250,000, for each year of a new center grant award. These funds must be used to support the research activities within the center.
Multi-investigator Research Projects
Synergies of faculty expertise and interest can lead to groundbreaking advances through collaborative research. These collaborations may be supported by multi-investigator research awards, such as NIH P01 or U01 grants, that bring significant resources to campus. In order to encourage the development of large, multi-investigator research programs, OVCRGE will provide matching funds equivalent to 10% of the first year direct costs, up to a limit of $100,000, for each year of new P01, U01, or equivalent grants. Funds provided by OVCRGE should, in general, be equally matched by other campus units. Note that the intent is to match grants with a broad scope that engage multiple research groups.
Highly competitive faculty fellowships provide an important source of funding for many areas of scholarship on campus and success in obtaining those awards greatly enhances the reputation and standing of UW-Madison. We have partnered with the schools and colleges to support our faculty who compete for such fellowships as described here.
Process for Requesting Matching Funds
OVCRGE has limited funds available for matching extramural grants, making it necessary for us to prioritize requests and make strategic decisions that have the greatest impact on the campus research enterprise.
Requests for supplementation of faculty fellowships should be sent to the appropriate Associate Vice Chancellor (AVC) and Associate Dean in the relevant School or College at the time the fellowship is awarded.
For other types of matching support, the PI for the proposal should contact the appropriate AVC two months prior to the due date for the extramural application for guidance on the matching program. The PI will then submit a written request to the OVCRGE that provides details on the extramural application, including the funding agency and grant type, the objectives of the program, a listing of participating faculty, the first year budget for the grant, and details on how any matching funds will be used to support the program. OVCRGE leadership will review the request and provide, if appropriate, a letter of support with details of the matching funds no less than three weeks before the application due date.