UW–Madison initiative to promote university-industry research and education partnerships

UW–Madison initiative to promote university-industry research and education partnerships

UW Madison logoThe Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education has launched a new funding effort to facilitate university research partnerships and graduate student internships in collaboration with the private sector. The strategic initiative, Promoting Industry Collaboration, is supported by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.

“We know that research collaborations between universities and industry can lead to economic development, innovation and discovery,” says Steve Ackerman, vice chancellor for research and graduate education. “The goal of this initiative is to spark new collaborations with industry, stimulate innovative thinking among students, and promote translation of fundamental research.”

Award requests may be between $50,000 and $200,000; up to $2 million is targeted for this initiative. Projects can be for one or two years and are expected to leverage research strengths and other resources unique to each group to advance a shared research goal.

“The initiative also seeks to address solutions to complex social, environmental and economic challenges such as energy, food, health and security, that are best addressed through collaboration between universities and industry,” says Cynthia Czajkowski, associate vice chancellor for research in the biological sciences.

To apply, the lead principal investigator must be a UW–Madison faculty member or a researcher with permanent PI status and the application must have an industry collaborator. By accepting this grant, all participants agree that any improvements, invention or new innovation that occurs as a result of this funding will be disclosed and assigned to WARF.