Photo of doctoral student Sara Heitkamp working with radioactive tracers

Studying the process by which RNA protein is made from DNA, doctoral student Sara Heitkamp works with radioactive tracers in the biochemistry lab of Biochemistry and Chemistry Professor Tom Record in the new Biochemical Sciences Building at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on April 16, 2012.

Research Funding

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Research Policy and Compliance

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Project Agreements and Intellectual Property

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The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (VCRGE) is involved at multiple levels and stages within the research process. We also connect with other university entities in the areas of research funding, research policy and compliance (Health Sciences and Social/Behavioral IRBs), and project agreements and intellectual property which includes Industrial Partners.

The research engine at the University of Wisconsin–Madison is driven by a hunger for discovery, gifted researchers, top graduate students, dedicated staff and some of the finest facilities in the world.

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education is uniquely poised to advocate for research and to ensure that research opportunities are widely available to complement and strengthen a top-notch graduate education.

Much of the internal funding administered by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education comes from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), which was created in 1925 to help commercialize technology arising from UW–Madison research. Since then, WARF has provided the university with more than $1.24 billion for research, programs and initiatives. WARF is a vital partner in building and maintaining our research enterprise.

The breadth and depth of research and scholarship at UW–Madison is impressive and research opportunities are abundant. The work spans a spectrum of disciplines from the arts and humanities to biological sciences, physical sciences and social sciences.

According to the National Science Foundation, of 912 institutions surveyed UW–Madison ranks fourth nationally in research expenditures with more than $1.1 billion invested annually in research.

The university’s ability to successfully compete for research funding during a time of shrinking resources speaks volumes about the research prowess of its faculty, students and staff.

UW–Madison has also invested hundreds of millions of dollars in research and teaching facilities campus wide during a building boom in recent years, ensuring access to a research infrastructure that is at the cutting edge of discovery.

The spirit of innovation inherent in research also gives rise to an entrepreneurial culture as discoveries move from the laboratory to the marketplace. UW–Madison is known for its entrepreneurial ethic, one that reaches into all corners of the university. It has helped build the university’s research base, strengthen graduate education and create a more robust economy for the people of the state of Wisconsin.



The University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) have launched a major new partnership focused on entrepreneurship on the UW-Madison campus, building on a long legacy of collaboration to move scientific innovation to the marketplace. More »