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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Nearly $600,000 in available in State Economic Engagement & Development research program

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (OVCRGE) promotes and advances UW–Madison research benefiting Wisconsin’s economy by awarding grants through the State Economic Engagement and Development (SEED) research program.

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Administered by UW–Madison’s Discovery to Product (D2P), SEED grants allow UW–Madison faculty and academic staff with ownership in a Wisconsin company 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 2023, focused 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. Approximately 6-12 proposals will be funded.

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

·         The research will take place on the University of Wisconsin‒Madison’s campus;

·         The faculty or academic staff applicant has ownership in a Wisconsin company which spun out from their prior UW-Madison research; and

·         The proposed research is designed to facilitate the commercialization of the spinoff company’s technology.

Prior to writing a proposal, we strongly recommend you consult with D2P to discuss the award qualifications as they pertain to your funding request. Consultation can help inform your proposal’s description of what additional research is required and how that research will benefit the company and broader economy.

Please note the process for uploading applications. You will be using WISPER to submit your application to your School/College, and any department approvals will also be done through WISPER.

If you have questions about the requirements or submission process please contact D2P staff at

For questions related to proposal preparation, please contact your research office.

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