State Economic Engagement & Development (SEED) Research Program

The State Economic Engagement & Development (SEED) Research Program grants 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 2015–2016 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 $625,000 in currently available SEED funding will be used to fund approximately 3-5 proposals.


 *****Proposals for FY '16 are now being accepted and must be received no later than February 15, 2015 to receive consideration for funding*****

 To qualify for funding, the following 3 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.


Proposals that meet the above criteria will be reviewed by a committee comprised of individuals involved with tech transfer in a variety of campus capacities.  Decisions are anticipated to be made 4-6 weeks after the proposal submission deadline.

In addition to the SEED grants, there is an opportunity to obtain funding for a 50% Technology Transfer Research Assistant (RA).  Approximately 3-5 of these positions will be awarded.  You will need to have your SEED grant funded in order to receive the RA position.  Not all funded SEED grants are guaranteed to receive a Technology Transfer RA position.

Please note that the process for uploading applications has changed. You will now apply using the fluid review link above instead of submitting a PDF. This allows you to submit sections as they are completed.

Deadline to apply for FY15-16 is February 15, 2015

Questions? Please email:

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