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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Wisconsin Idea Collaboration Grant 2022

Project Background and Description

The Division of Extension’s mission is to extend the knowledge and resources of the University of Wisconsin to people where they live and work. As part of that mission, Extension conducts applied research in support of educational programming and community engagement that addresses issues facing communities, individuals, families and organizations across the state. The rejoining with UW–Madison provides new opportunities for faculty and staff at UW–Madison who haven’t historically partnered with Extension to engage in applied research, community engagement and educational outreach programming.

Extension’s disciplinary breadth is large with six Institutes focused on Youth, Natural Resources, Families, Health, Community Development and Agriculture ( The goal of the Wisconsin Idea Collaboration Grant (WICG) funding, provided in partnership with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education, is to support projects that enhance the breadth and level of Extension engagement across campus while supporting the Wisconsin Idea. To better understand priority issues, we encourage those interested in applying for a WICG grant to reach out to the appropriate Extension Academic Associate Deans and/or Institute Directors (

Amount per Award: $10K-$60K.

Duration of Award: Up to 2 years

Amount of Funding Available: $600K

Review team: Division of Extension Leadership Team and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (OVCRGE).

Eligible: Faculty and staff who have not historically received recurring, annual salary funding from the Division of Extension.

Project Requirements

Due January 31, 2024. A one-year progress report, maximum of two pages, that covers:

  • Work completed
  • Problems encountered (if any)
  • Work still to be completed
  • Preliminary findings, as appropriate
  • Engagement with Division of Extension personnel in proposal development and project implementation.


Due January 31, 2025. A final project report, maximum of ten pages, that can be used to support external sharing of results. Items to include:

  • Executive summary, not to exceed a page
  • Work completed
  • Leveraged resources
  • Results, impacts, and lessons learned
  • Future opportunities to continue or amplify the work


Preference will be given to:

  • Leveraging of funds and other resources
  • A co-PI from the Division of Extension


Application Process: PI’s should submit their proposal in a single PDF to Lisa Brennan ( by Dec.15, 2022.

Proposals are not to exceed six double-spaced pages that includes the following:

  • Cover page that includes PI and co-PI contact information, personnel who would work on the project (technicians, students, etc.) and an executive summary of the project (not to exceed 1 page)
  • Detailed project proposal including the priority issue identification, proposed work, and projected outcomes (not to exceed 3 pages)
  • Detailed Budget with justification and timeline (not to exceed 2 pages)
  • Partner involvement and leveraging of other resources (if applicable)

Questions? Contact Dr. JulieAnn Stawicki (, Dr. Patrick Robinson ( or Paul DeLong (