UW System Grants

UW System Grants are funded by sources from the University of Wisconsin System Administration. 

UW System Grants typically provide support for projects that align with key initiatives and/or plans, such as the Growth Agenda for Wisconsin or the principles of Inclusive Excellence.

APPLIED RESEARCH GRANT PROGRAM (ARG)

APPLIED RESEARCH-WiSys TECHNOLOGY ADVANCEMENT GRANT PROGRAM (AR-WiTAG)

PROTOTYPE DEVELOPMENT FUND PROGRAM (PDF)

The UW System, in collaboration with WiSys Technology Foundation, Inc. (WiSys), offers three research grant programs to UW System faculty and academic staff.  The goals of all three programs are to develop advanced human potential and the knowledge economy that employs that potential. In particular, the ARG, AR-WiTAG, and PDF programs help to promote technology transfer and economic development throughout Wisconsin. The state legislature and the governor make approximately $600,000 in aggregate funding available annually for the support of these programs. UW System makes final decisions on grant funding.

ARG and AR-WiTAG DEADLINE
RFPs released to campus September 6, 2017
Required "Intent to Submit" emails submitted to ORSP December 15, 2017
"Intent to Submit" emails submitted by ORSP to UW System December 18, 2017
Full proposals submitted to ORSP January 25, 2018
Full proposals submitted by ORSP to UW System January 29, 2018
Final report due to UW System August 30, 2019
   
Prototype Development Fund (PDF) No Deadline

   

Program Descriptions, Guidelines and Request for Proposals can be found at:  http://www.wisys.org/grants/applied-research-technology-advancement-grant


The University of Wisconsin System is soliciting proposals to support projects focused on economic development, the development of a skilled workforce, and improve the affordability of postsecondary education.

Funding will be awarded for the following types of initiatives:

  1. Economic Development Programs that encourage the establishment or growth of businesses in Wisconsin; create or retain jobs in Wisconsin; and/or that provide financial assistance, tax benefits, or direct services to specific businesses, industries, or organizations. 
  2. Develop an educated and skilled workforce. Projects may increase the number of bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees awarded in fields for which occupational demand is high or in fields that the Board of Regents and the Department of Workforce Development jointly determine to be high demand fields; increase the number of internship and cooperative work experience opportunities for students; and/or increase or enhance research and development.
  3. Improve the affordability of postsecondary education by reducing the time to a degree; increase opportunities for high school students to earn credit towards a postsecondary education; and/or improve the transfer of credit between higher education institutions. Only undergraduate resident students may be targeted under this population.

This was a one-time grant program offered through the University of Wisconsin System. It is unlikely the program will be offered again during the current biennium (2013-2015). The information contained on this page is for historical purposes only. Faculty and staff should NOT develop a proposal based on any of the information contained on this program page.

Required Forms

Complete Request for Proposals - Updated 9 October 2013
ORSP Approval and Certification Transmittal [Required for all Proposal Submissions]
Required Incentive Grant Program Cover Page - Updated 9 October 2013

Additional Resources

Joint Finance Committee Memorandum - Update on the Economic Development Incentive Grant Program
Economic Development Incentive Grant Fund Presentation Slides - 4 April 2013 Board of Regents Meeting
Wisconsin WorkNet List of High Demand of Fields


The University of Wisconsin System and the Wisconsin Departments of Natural Resources, Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection, and Safety and Professional Services seek proposals to the Wisconsin Groundwater Research and Monitoring Program. The Groundwater Research and Monitoring Program provides funding for research and monitoring proposals dealing with groundwater, pesticides, and/or on-site wastewater treatment systems. These four programs, collectively called the Wisconsin Groundwater Research and Monitoring Program, are summarized below:

  • UW System Groundwater Research seeks proposals of a fundamental or applied nature on select aspects of groundwater research in the natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, or law. 
  • Department of Natural Resources Groundwater Monitoring and Research seeks projects on specific issues of concern, such as arsenic, emerging contaminants (viruses, antibiotics) and groundwater quality.
  • Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection [DATCP] typically seeks projects focused on pesticide issues of regulatory importance. DATCP will not seek projects in FY 2015, due to budget constraints, but will participate in the proposal review process.
  • Division of Safety and Buildings typically seeks proposals for alternatives to current private sewage-system technology. For 2015, the Division of Safety and Buildings will not seek proposals but will participate in the review process.

Program Deadline: TBA FOR 2015-2016

NOTE: This program is closed and NOT soliciting applications. Applicants may contact Carl Fox (foxc@uww.edu, x5289) to be added to our Request Log to receive the new Request for Proposals [RFP] if/when it is released. Applicants should not develop an application based on the RFP posted on this page-it is provided for informational/historical purposes only.

Investigators for all programmatic requests must work with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs to submit proposals using iPropose, a web-based proposal submission system that will be open for registration Thursday (TBA). Please visit the Water Resource Institute website (http://wri.wisc.edu) for more information or contact the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs administers institutional approval and clearances and communicates approval to the sponsor.

Required Forms

Complete Request for Proposals
ORSP Approval and Certification Transmittal [Required for all Proposal Submissions]
Groundwater Research Proposal Template
Groundwater Research Budget Form

Additional Resources

UW System/State of Wisconsin Groundwater Research and Monitoring Program Page
 
 
 


The University of Wisconsin System seeks proposals for projects that advance one or more of the three Strategic Goals of the Growth Agenda and model Inclusive Excellence. Funding will be used to support two broad categories of initiatives: Institutional Change Grants [ICG] and Conference and Professional Development Grants [CPDG].

It is anticipated that the funding level for projects in the ICG category will be significant and the associated strategies and actions will be innovative, result in substantive programmatic and/or institution-wide change (single or multiple institutions), and have the potential for broad impact and systemic transformation. Proposals requesting funding for the implementation of new projects, as well as those that seek support for significant enhancements to existing initiatives, will be considered. Planning grants leading to larger ICG proposals will also be considered. It is anticipated that funding for proposals within the CPDG category will be aligned with costs needed to support a national, regional, state-wide meeting or conference that will focus on topics that are aligned with the Growth Agenda for Wisconsin and of critical importance to UW institutions. Proposals may cover a one-time only or recurring conference or professional development offering. Restrictions do apply: funding is not available to send faculty/staff to attend professional development or disciplinary conferences outside UW System. Funding is also not available to cover lodging and travel for faculty and staff attending CPDG-sponsored events. NOTE: UW System attempted to clarify the program's review rubric. The revised guidelines were posted on 11 December 2013.

In an effort to assist faculty and staff in preparing pre-proposals, staff from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will host Question and Answer sessions on:

  • TBA

These sessions will allow faculty and staff an opportunity to ask questions related to the program and brain storm potential ideas under the Institutional Change Grant category. All sessions will be held in Room (TBA) of the University Center. Individuals interested in attending the session(s) should RSVP in advance of the session to ensure sufficient space remains available. RSVPs may be sent to Carl Fox via e-mail (foxc@uww.edu) or phone (x5289).

Proposal Deadline: TBA FOR 2015-2016

NOTE: This program is closed and NOT soliciting applications. Applicants may contact Carl Fox (foxc@uww.edu, x5289) to be added to our Request Log to receive the new Request for Proposals [RFP] if/when it is released. Applicants should not develop an application based on the RFP posted on this page-it is provided for informational/historical purposes only. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater will select its two Institutional Change Grant submissions through a pre-proposal process. Applicants must submit a pre-proposal by the deadline above via e-mail to Carl Fox, Director of Research and Sponsored Programs (foxc@uww.edu, x5289). Pre-proposal submissions must include:

  1. A list of UW-Whitewater personnel involved in the project, including the Project Director/Primary Contact;
  2. A brief description of the proposed project (two or three sentences), including how the proposed project furthers the goals and objectives of the Growth Agenda for Wisconsin Grant Program; and
  3. A list of proposed partners, if applicable.  

Applicants that do not submit a pre-proposal will not be permitted to submit a full proposal. It is anticipated that the final two Institutional Change Grant selections will be made and applicants notified in December 2013. Collaborative proposals between or among University of Wisconsin institutions will NOT count towards the two proposal limit under the Institutional Change category. Although collaborative proposals between UW System schools under the Institutional Change Grant category do not count towards the two proposal limit for each institution, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs requests that those individuals pursuing a collaborative submission submit a pre-proposal to allow our institution to better plan for all submissions and ensure none are duplicative.There is no limit on proposals in the Conference and Professional Development Grant category, and as a result, pre-proposals under this category are not required. Each proposal must be signed off by the Provost and the Grants Officer. ORSP will coordinate internal review / certification and communicate approval to the sponsor.

Required Forms

Complete Request for Proposals [Updated 11 December 2013]
ORSP Approval and Certification Transmittal [Required for all Proposal Submissions]
Growth Agenda for Wisconsin Cover Page
Growth Agenda for Wisconsin Budget Form - Institutional Change Grant Submissions
Growth Agenda for Wisconsin Budget Form - Conference and Professional Development Grant Submissions

Additional Resources

Growth Agenda for Wisconsin Program Page
Inclusive Excellence FAQs
Growth Agenda for Wisconsin
 
 
 
 
 
 


The Office of Professional and Instructional Development [OPID] seeks proposals in three categories:

(Category A) Small funding requests for local, regional, and system-wide workshops, seminars, or conferences that bring UW System faculty and instructional staff together to work on initiatives in undergraduate education, and that focus on effective and innovative teaching to enhance student learning and promote academic quality throughout the University of Wisconsin System.

(Category B) Research projects that focus on the assessment of undergraduate student learning outcomes and quality teaching practices, and that contribute to the body of knowledge about scholarly teaching practices. By design, grant proposals in this category shall support the systematic study of teaching and learning in all disciplines; provide opportunities for instructors already involved in the scholarship of teaching and learning to advance their work; and create collaborations across disciplines, professional schools, and/or institutions to advance the systematic study of teaching and learning. Special consideration will be given to innovative proposals that assess student learning in online, blended, and hybrid learning environments.

(Category C) Proposals startup funds and/or sustainability funds to develop Institutional Teaching and Learning Program(s)/Centers. Special consideration will be given to innovative proposals that have institutional commitment for sustainability.

DEADLINE TO ORSP: (TBA)

Applicants applying to the OPID Teaching and Learning Grant Program are encouraged to coordinate proposal development with the UW-Whitewater OPID campus representative, Barbara Rybski Beaver (x5416, beaverb@uww.edu).

The ORSP will obtain the Provost's signature and submit the final proposal packages to UW System.

Questions or requests for additional information should be directed to Carl Fox, Director of Research and Sponsored Programs (foxc@uww.edu, x5289).

Required Forms

Teaching and Learning Grant RFP & Guidelines
Teaching and Learning Grant Abstract Form
Teaching and Learning Grant Budget Form
Teaching and Learning Grant Cover Page
ORSP Approval and Certification Transmittal Form

Additional Resources

OPID Teaching and Learning Grant Program website page
 
 
 

 


The Regent Scholar Grant Program is open to all UW System Campuses and will provide three awards of up to $50,000 each.  Again this year, Regent Scholar Grants will be available for faculty, undergraduate students and other collaborative partners, supporting entrepreneurial ideas and innovative projects, with the following goals in mind:

  1. Providing summer funding support for faculty to engage in research and other scholarly activities;
  2. Promoting stellar research experiences for undergraduate students, thus preparing a high-quality workforce;
  3. Stimulating research primarily across UW System four-year and two-year campuses, ultimately driving regional economic development; and
  4. Recognizing research and scholarly activity (URSCA) at the UW System Board of Regents level.

Grants will be awarded competitively, based on recommendations by a selection committee made up of both public and private-sector experts.  Please be aware that each grant application should indicate that plans will go through the IRB or IACUC approval process as appropriate.  Awardees will be recognized by the UW System Board of Regents as "Regent Scholars".

It is expected that Regent Scholars will work with the UW System Administration to document the education, economic, and workforce outcomes of the Regent Scholar Grant Program over time, including supplying data to capture:

  • The impact of undergraduate research experiences on student learning, workforce readiness, preparation and professonal success, including, if appropriate, post graduate placement and success;
  • Expansion of research activities and scholarship outputs;
  • Economic development contributions to the State of Wisconsin

The benefits and outcomes of these projects will be reported to the Board of Regents, and applications should be as specific as possible in conveying the impact such efforts will have on student success.

Regent Scholars Grant Program DEADLINE
RFPs released to campus October 9, 2015
Required "Intent to Submit" emails submitted to ORSP October 30, 2015
Full proposals submitted to ORSP November 11, 2015
Full proposals submitted by ORSP to UW System November 13, 2015

INTENT TO SUBMIT:  UW System campuses may submit multiple proposals, though each campus is limited to a maximum of three.  If more than three faculty members/teams from UW-Whitewater are interested in submitting a proposal for this competition, an objective internal selection process will be held to choose the three most competitive proposals to send forward to UW System. Applicants who intend to apply for this grant should send an email indicating this to Seth Meisel, Interim Director of Sponsored Programs (meisels@uww.edu) by October 30, 2015. This will allow us to determine whether an internal selection process will be necessary.

Applicants must submit one (1) ORIGINAL, hard copy of the complete proposal to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Applicants should direct questions regarding this program to Catherine Chan, Director of Undergraduate Research, via telephone (262-472-1295) or email (chanc@uww.edu), or to Seth Meisel, Interim Director of Research and Sponsored Programs, via telephone (262-472-5289) or email (meisels@uww.edu).

Required Forms

Complete Request for Full Proposals
Regent Scholar Grant Program Cover Sheet
UW-Whitewater Approval and Certification Transmittal Form

Additional Resources

UW System Regent Scholar Grant Program FAQs
 
 


Proposals are sought for research into alternative methods of solid waste disposal, including the reduction of the amount of solid waste generated, the reuse and recycling of materials, composting, source separation, and the disposal of household hazardous waste.

Research proposals may consider the environmental effects of the technologies being researched and measures that could be taken to mitigate such effects. Applied research designed to provide benefits to persons who generate solid waste and to public and private entities responsible for collection, storage, transportation, treatment or disposal of solid waste, is encouraged. Proposals are also sought for projects that will develop products or increase markets for products made from recycled materials.

Joint proposals in which industrial, business, or governmental organizations collaborate with UW System faculty or staff in addressing these issues are encouraged and will be given special consideration. In such joint proposals, the organization is strongly encouraged to provide resources in the form of direct monetary or in-kind contributions in support of the proposed research projects.

Proposals may request up to $30,000. Projects funds must be expended or encumbered prior to 30 June (TBA).

Program Deadline: TBA FOR 2015-2016

NOTE: This program is closed and NOT soliciting applications. Applicants may contact Carl Fox (foxc@uww.edu, x5289) to be added to our Request Log to receive the new Request for Proposals [RFP] if/when it is released. Applicants should not develop an application based on the RFP posted on this page-it is provided for informational/historical purposes only.

Applicants must contact Eileen Norby, Solid Waste Research Program Manager (enorby@uwsa.edu, 608-262-8252), to discuss the proposed concept/idea prior to proposal submission.

Applicants must work closely with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs to develop a budget associated with this program.  Institutions are required to provide match funding in support of personnel fringe benefits; the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will assist with calculating the proposed institutional match for fringe benefits.

Required Forms

Complete Request for Proposals
ORSP Approval and Certification Transmittal [Required for all Proposal Submissions]
Solid Waste Research Cover Page

Additional Resources

Solid Waste Research Program Page
 
 
 


The University of Wisconsin System seeks proposals for research that has the potential of improving or expanding projects related to solid waste issues in Wisconsin including the reuse and recycling of materials; composting; source separation; and household hazardous waste disposal.

University of Wisconsin System graduate students and undergraduate students with at least sophomore standing are eligible to apply.  Only one application per student will be accepted. Up to two students may share the student salary. Grant recipients are encouraged to use their research project as the basis for obtaining academic credit.

Each proposal requires a faculty or academic staff advisor. An advisor may serve as a supervisor on up to two student projects per year.

Program Deadline: TBA FOR 2015-2016

NOTE: This program is closed and NOT soliciting applications. Applicants may contact Carl Fox (foxc@uww.edu, x5289) to be added to our Request Log to receive the new Request for Proposals [RFP] if/when it is released. Applicants should not develop an application based on the RFP posted on this page-it is provided for informational/historical purposes only.

Applicants must contact Eileen Norby, Solid Waste Research Program Manager (enorby@uwsa.edu, 608-262-8252), prior to proposal submission.

Applicants must first submit the proposal to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs for required signatures and internal review.

Required Forms

Complete Request for Proposals
Solid Waste - Student Program Cover Sheet
ORSP Approval and Certification Transmittal [Required for all Proposal Submissions]

Additional Resources

UW System Solid Waste Research Program Page
 
 
 


The Undergraduate Research and Discovery Grant program is designed to foster important undergraduate research and discovery leading to innovations generated on campus. Capacity-building grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded to each four-year UW institution to support and sustain highly effective undergraduate research environments and activities. The program encourages participation of historically underrepresented faculty and students in undergraduate research.

The UW-Whitewater focus area chosen for this year's Undergraduate Research and Discovery Grant is community-based research. Specifically, proposals are sought that build upon already established relationships with community organizations, and create new or enhance existing applied research opportunities for undergraduate students.

Program Deadline: (TBA)

Applicants must submit via email the completed Undergraduate Research and Discovery Grant Pre-Proposal Form to Carl Fox, Director, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (foxc@uww.edu) in Word or .PDF format by 4:00 pm (TBA).

Applicants should direct questions regarding this program to Catherine Chan, Director of Undergraduate Research, via telephone (262-472-1295) or email (chanc@uww.edu), or to Carl Fox via telephone (262-472-5289) or email (foxc@uww.edu).

Required Forms

Complete Request for Pre-Proposals
UG Research & Discovery Grant Pre-Proposal Form--Fillable Version

Additional Resources

UW System Undergraduate Research Grant FAQs
 
 


The Wisconsin Improving Teacher Quality (WITQ) Program seeks proposals aimed at increasing student achievement in the English language arts, mathematics, science, foreign languages, social studies, art and design, dance, music, and theatre by enhancing the content knowledge and teaching skills of classroom teachers in Wisconsin's public and private schools.

Wisconsin Priorities for 2014:

  • Priority 1: All students will reach proficiency or better in reading/language arts, mathematics, and science.
  • Priority 2: All limited English proficient students will become proficient in English and reach proficiency or better in reading/language, mathematics, and science.
  • Priority 3: All students will graduate from high school.
  • Priority 4: All teacher licensure programs will have a collaborative relationship between core content area faculty and teacher education faculty. 

Priorities for the 2014 WITQ competition are:

  • Improvement in student's achievement in common core reading/language arts, Next Generation Science Standards, and increasing the quality of teaching in all core subjects for all students;
  • Improvement of collaboration between school districts, higher education content faculty, and teacher education faculty; and
  • Creating K-12 content area teacher leaders.

Required Pre-Proposal Deadline: 9 JULY 2014

Full Proposal Deadline: 28 AUGUST 2014

Applicants must first submit the proposal to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs for internal review and required institutional signatures.

Required Forms

Complete Request for Proposals
ORSP Approval and Certification Transmittal [Required for all Proposal Submissions]
WITQ Proposal Forms and Proposal Template
WITQ Budget Template

Additional Resources

UW System WITQ Program Page
2014-2015 WITQ Funded Projects [Including Abstracts]
WITQ Frequently Asked Questions
Additional Program-related Links
 


Important Updates & Deadlines

 


Contact / Request Search

See the UW System Program Page for the contacts for each individual grant opportunity Carl Fox, ORSP Director, can also answer general questions and connect you with the appropriate staff member.

Carl Fox, Director
262-472-5289
foxc@uww.edu

Rebecca Mueller, Grants Officer
262-472-1049
muellerr@uww.edu

Location

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
800 West Main Street
2243 Andersen Library
Whitewater, WI 53190-1790
Phone:  262-472-5212 (main #)
Fax:      262-472-5214

ORSP Site Policies

Please visit the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Style Guide for information on copyright, logos, and other pertinent information.  Questions regarding the style guide and graphic identity standards should be directed to Marketing and Media Relations at 262-472-1194.