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University of Wisconsin–Madison

WARF Named Professorships

APPLICATIONS DUE:  February 5, 2021, 4:30pm

To apply on-line: https://vcrge-uwmadison.smapply.io/ 

ELIGIBILITY: Unrestricted; Senior faculty

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

ABOUT THE AWARD

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. A period of time between named awards is suggested (e.g., rather than nominating a candidate for a WARF Named Professorship just after they completed a Kellett 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.

SUBMISSION PROCEDURE

Note: this year the nominator (e.g., the department chair) must open the application on-line by going to the application portal and logging in with their UW–Madison NET ID.  Once an application is started, the nominator may add collaborators (UW–Madison faculty or administrative staff) to help in preparing and assembling the application materials.  However, the nominator must be the person to submit the final application.

Nomination materials must be submitted electronically online. Re-nominations must be updated and submitted as new nominations. Each nomination should include:

1. A completed nomination form. The brief on-line form asks for the candidate’s/nominee’s name and the nominator’s name. A second nominator is optional.

2. A department or program letter of nomination (uploaded as one PDF document).

  • A nomination should include a cover letter (no more than 10,000 characters) from the nominator which explains the departmental process for selecting the nominee 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 letter should address how the nominee’s number and placement of publications fit in the field.
  • It must also list the sample publications uploaded in the application packet (see below).
  • The letter must also name each recommender (see below) and why they were chosen.  In addition, the letter might excerpt a sample quote from each reference.

3. The candidate’s current CV / bibliography (uploaded as one PDF document).

4. Up to five letters of recommendation (uploaded as separate PDF documents). The letters should indicate how the author knows the candidate and should be from someone at “arm’s length.” For example, do not include a dissertation advisor, any former students, anyone in the same department or university as the nominee, or any collaborators for the last five years.

5. Up to three sample publications by the nominee.  PDFs of sample publications must be uploaded separately.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Who begins, prepares and submits the application online? 

The nominator must begin the application by going to the application portal and logging in with their UW–Madison NET ID.  The nominator is able to add collaborators (faculty or administrative staff) to an application to help in preparing and assembling the materials. However, the nominator must open and submit the application.

If you experience technical issues in adding collaborators, please send an email to:  competitions@research.wisc.edu

When will applicants be notified?  When will awards begin?

The evaluation will be completed in April 2021.  Awards will begin July 1, 2021.

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

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

Is there a length limit for the nominator’s cover letter?

Yes, please limit it to no longer than 10,000 characters (a space is a character).  This is roughly equivalent to four to five double spaced pages with a 12 point Times font size.

If you experience any technical problems or have general questions concerning your submission, please email (competitions@research.wisc.edu).