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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Promoting Industry Collaboration Initiative

Collaborations between universities and industry have led to economic development, innovation and discovery. To further stimulate UW–Madison’s research enterprise in this arena, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (OVCRGE) launched the Promoting Industry Collaboration Initiative (PICI) to facilitate research partnerships and graduate-student internships in collaboration with the private sector. The initiative is supported by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF).

This strategic initiative focuses on developing, building and promoting collaborations between UW–Madison and the private sector. It seeks to address solutions to complex social, environmental and economic challenges (e.g. energy, food, health, security) that are best addressed via collaboration between universities and industry. This initiative also supports semester or semester-plus-summer long internships for Ph.D. students with dissertator status. Academic-industry partnerships are expected to leverage research strengths and other resources unique to each group to advance a shared research goal.

Seven projects has been chosen for PICI. Read about the projects and their team below.