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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Wisconsin Idea Collaboration Grants 2023

“It’s Extension’s mission to make the Wisconsin Idea relevant and accessible to the Wisconsin we live in today.  This grant program strengthens the connection between Extension and campus researchers, and just as important, it extends that connection to the communities, organizations, and families we work with every day.”  – Karl Martin, Dean and Director, Division of Extension


This competition is closed.

Any questions about funded projects or future calls for proposals can be directed to Pam Foster Felt, Extension’s Coordinator for Programmatic Partnerships: or 608-572-2103.


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. Wisconsin Idea Collaboration (WIC) Grants, funded by Extension and the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education, are designed to catalyze collaboration between Extension and other UW–Madison Schools, Colleges, Institutes and Centers to advance that mission.  WIC Grants invest in the Wisconsin Idea by encouraging UW–Madison faculty and staff who have not historically partnered with Extension to engage in applied research, community engagement and impactful outreach.


Amount per Award: $10K-$100K

Duration of Award: Up to 3 years beginning July 1, 2024

Total Funding Available: $1 million

Eligibility:  WIC awards fund research and outreach conducted in partnership between Extension and UW–Madison faculty and staff who have not historically received recurring, annual salary funding from the Division of Extension.  Research must represent at least 50% of the grant-funded project costs.

WIC grant priorities: preference will be given to projects that:

  • Align with Extension’s programmatic focus and priorities
  • Leverage other grants or resources
  • Include Extension faculty or staff as a co-PI
  • Support completion of a UW–Madison PhD

Project Review & Selection:
  Proposals will be reviewed and selected for funding by the Division of Extension Leadership Team and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.