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University of Wisconsin–Madison

SEED Program

Deadline to apply: Proposals for fiscal year 2019 are due Friday, February 16, 2018


The State Economic Engagement & Development (SEED) Research Program grants, administered by Discovery to Product (D2P), allow UW–Madison faculty and academic staff to engage in innovative research, generate additional private- and public-sector support for their research programs, and promote technology transfer between the University and industry.

We invite proposals for fiscal year 2019 (funding available from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019) that focus on research that is technically innovative, of interest to a broad economic sector, and has a high potential to benefit Wisconsin’s industrial and economic development in the near term. The $600,000 in currently available SEED funding will be used to fund approximately 3-5 proposals.


To qualify for funding, the following three criteria must be met:

  1. The research will take place on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus;
  2. The faculty or academic staff applicant has ownership in a Wisconsin company which spun out from their prior UW–Madison research; and
  3. The proposal includes a statement on how the research may benefit that spinoff company.

Your submission must include the following:

1. Budget Form (SEED-Budget-FY19)

2. Project Proposal, including the following sections (not to exceed 6 pages):

  • Abstract
  • Research plan
  • Identification of PI and key personnel
  • Concurrent and future research plans
  • Statement on how research may benefit your spinoff company

Proposals that meet the above criteria will be reviewed by a committee comprised of individuals involved with technology transfer in a variety of campus capacities. Proposals are reviewed by a committee and results of the review are typically available within 6-8 weeks of the application deadline.


Page Limit: Limit your total submission to ten pages (proposal plus budget).

PIs: Use WISPER to route your proposal.

  • On the General tab:
    • Select “Grad School” as the document type.
    • Select “University of Wisconsin-Madison” as the sponsor.
    • Ensure all clearance questions are answered and any required protocol information is provided.
  • On the “Attachments” tab, upload a copy of the entire application as a PDF file.
  • Electronically complete the PI signatures for both Award and Proposal.
  • Route to your division as you do with other WISPER records.

School/College: Do NOT submit the WISPER record to the SPO. Sign the WISPER record and route directly to

Questions? Please email D2P at

To submit your final SEED report, send it to this email address: