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University of Wisconsin–Madison

WARF Named Professorships

Deadline to apply: February 1, 2019

ELIGIBILITY: Unrestricted; Senior faculty

AWARD AMOUNT: a $100,000 research award (may be spent over five years)


This program provides recognition for distinguished research contributions of the UW–Madison faculty. The awards are intended to honor those faculty who have made major contributions to the advancement of knowledge, primarily through their research endeavors, but also as a result of their teaching and service activities. This award cannot be awarded more than one time to any faculty member.

The WARF Named Professorship awards are made possible by the impressive research efforts of UW–Madison faculty and staff. Technology arising from these research efforts is licensed by our patent management organization, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), to industry. Income from successful licenses is returned to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education to fund a variety of research activities throughout the divisions on campus, including these awards.

A department, a Ph.D. major program unit, or a formally constituted interdepartmental group of six or more faculty members may nominate one faculty member for a Named Professorship award. Please feel free to consult your division’s Associate Vice Chancellor (262-1044) with any questions about eligibility or the content of a nomination.


Nomination materials must be submitted electronically online.  Please follow the online submission instructions.  Each nomination should include:

  1. A department or program letter of nomination
  2. The candidate’s CV and bibliography
  3. Up to five letters of recommendation
  4. Up to three sample publications

A nomination should include a cover letter from the nominator which explains how the nominee was selected, and highlights the major features of his/her work. The primary criteria are the quality, significance, and productivity of the nominee’s research, but the Committee also values indications of the quality and programmatic value of the nominee’s teaching and service. The cover letter should be followed by an up-to-date curriculum vitae and bibliography of the nominee and no more than five letters of recommendation. PDFs of sample publications may be submitted (up to three) or if publications are viewable online, a listing of where to find electronic versions may be included. Renominations should be updated and submitted as new nominations.


Who prepares and submits the application online? 

It can be the nominee, nominator, administrative staff or a combination.  (They must have a UW-Madison NET ID.)  If you would like more than one person to edit an application, go to the “members” section on the right hand portion of the screen in Fluid Review.  You may then add their email address.

When will applicants be notified?  When will awards begin?

The evaluation will be completed in April 2019.  Awards will begin July 1, 2019.

Does receiving a WARF Named Professor award affect a Vilas Associates award?

No. You can receive both – they are separate programs.

How is the tenure date pinpointed in determining eligibility for this award?

It is when the faculty member’s tenured status becomes effective, such as with a change reflected on their payroll account.  (It is not the date of the tenure committee’s vote.)

If you experience any technical problems or have questions concerning your submission, please email (

Apply online