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For the Record

September 20, 2006

Academic staff professional development

All UW–Madison academic staff with 50-percent appointments or more can compete for fiscal year 2006-07 Academic Staff Professional Development (ASPD) Grants Part II for conferences, training or other professional development projects that occur between Jan. 1–June 30. Proposals should focus on training and/or retraining to improve the academic staff members’ effectiveness in their current roles. A lower priority will be given to proposals designed to enhance the staff member’s ability to compete for other positions.

The funds can be used to send an individual to training or to bring a trainer to campus for work with a group of academic staff.

This program is sponsored and administered by UW–Madison, and half of the funding for individual projects comes from the staff member’s department. The Professional Development and Recognition Committee of the Academic Staff Assembly administer the review process by a committee of academic staff.

Applications must be submitted to department chairs or directors by Oct. 13. Academic staff with split appointments who propose projects that are related to all units for which they work must secure the endorsement of each employing unit. Applications that have been approved by department chairs or directors will be forwarded to the dean’s or director’s office and then to the Academic Personnel Office.

Application instructions are at

Contact Pam Bauman, or 263-7448 for more information.

Applications due to:

  • Department Chair/Director: Oct. 13
  • Dean/Director: Oct. 20
  • Academic Personnel Office: Nov. 3

Call for proposals: Industrial and Economic Development Research Program

The Graduate School promotes and advances UW–Madison research that benefits Wisconsin’s economy by awarding grants through the Industrial and Economic Development Research (IEDR) program competition. Individuals or groups of UW–Madison researchers are invited to submit proposals for fiscal year 2007–08 that focus 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 in the near term. All faculty and academic staff who will be in residence on the Madison campus during the period of the research support are eligible to apply.

IEDR grants allow the university to engage in inventive research, generate additional public- and private-sector support for their research programs, and promote technology transfer between the university and industry. The majority of IEDR grants are awarded as seed money to support early stages of applied research.

To download information about the IEDR program and the application instructions, visit

New this year:

Dates to know:

  • Notice of Intent to submit a proposal deadline: Sept. 29
  • Application Web site opens: Oct. 2
  • Proposal deadline: Nov. 8

Applicants are required to send a Notice of Intent to apply using the online form at this Web site:

For more information, contact the program manager, Jane Sherwood, 263-7274, or your technology transfer representative on campus:

  • Agricultural and Life Sciences: Irwin Goldman, 265-5274,
  • Engineering: Lawrence Casper, 265-4104,
  • Letters and Science: Bill Barker, 263-0540,
  • Medicine and Public Health: Steve Harsy, 262-7866,
  • Pharmacy, veterinary school and other science departments not listed above: Phil Sobocinski, 441-8005,
  • Nonscience and engineering departments not listed above: Allen Dines, 262-2797,
  • Call for pre-proposals for the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment

    The Office of the Provost is soliciting proposals from faculty, staff and students for the fourth annual Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment. The endowment is intended to advance The Wisconsin Idea through the development of new and innovative initiatives, and new dimensions to existing outreach activities, by creating and strengthening partnerships and collaborations, sharing and applying knowledge, and expanding access to lifelong learning.

    This year, approximately $600,000 will be granted for projects that begin on or after Jan. 15. Proposals for initiatives requesting up to $120,000 total funding are encouraged and projects may last for up to three years. The endowment will support people and projects rather than facilities. The fund is not intended to support or to duplicate existing projects or replace activities that are part of a unit’s normal operation. Priority will be given to outreach initiatives that: 1) extend students’ expertise off campus; 2) foster biological and physical sciences outreach; 3) engage the arts and humanities; and 4) address a societal opportunity or problem.

    The Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment call for proposals involves two steps: 1) UW–Madison faculty, staff or students must first submit a pre-proposal; and 2) individuals whose pre-proposals are accepted will be invited to submit a full proposal. Pre-proposals and full proposals must be signed by the department chair or unit director and a dean’s or director’s representative before submission to the Office of the Provost.


    • Sept. 28: Pre-proposals due in dean’s office
      One copy of cover sheet due in provost’s office
    • Oct. 5: Signed pre-proposals due in provost’s office
    • Oct. 27 Pre-proposal finalists announced
    • Nov. 29: Full proposals due in dean’s office
    • Dec. 6: Signed proposals due in provost’s office
    • Jan. 17: Awards announced and projects may start

    Pre-proposals should be no more than two double-spaced pages. For complete pre-proposal guidelines, cover page, budget submission form, directions and a list of previously funded projects, visit

    Additional questions should be directed to Peyton Smith, assistant vice chancellor for extended programs, 262-8214 or

    Faculty professional development grants, research service grants, faculty sabbaticals

    The specific guidelines for three 2007-08 UW–Madison faculty grants and programs are now available. Detailed information on the following grants and programs is available at

    Faculty Professional Development Grants

    The purpose of the faculty development grant is to give faculty members release time to add to their competencies, either through acquiring new competencies within their principal fields or through work in a related field.

    Research Service Grants

    The purpose of the Faculty Research Grant Program is to supplement the research opportunities available to untenured faculty who have given unusually large amounts of time and effort to university service outside their own departments. The program will provide summer salary support (two-ninths of the academic year salary or equivalent) for the grantees to pursue worthy projects.

    Sabbatical Leaves

    The purpose of the sabbatical leave is to provide faculty members who have completed six or more years of full-time UW System instructional service release time to engage in intensive study to enhance teaching, course and curriculum development, or to conduct research or any other scholarly activities related to instructional programs within their field of expertise.

    UW–Madison Deadlines
    Due at: Department
    Dean OHR System
    Faculty Dev. Grants Sept. 22 Oct. 13 Oct. 27
    Research Service Grants Sept. 8 Sept. 29 Oct. 13
    Sabbatical Leaves Sept. 5 Sept. 25 Oct. 9 Nov. 3

    For further information, contact Pam Bauman at 263-7448 or, Laurie Mayberry at 262-5246 or, or Laurie Beth Clark at 262-5246 or

    Employee political activities policy

    Because this is an election year, all university employees are reminded of current state law and university policies regarding employee political activities while at work and the use of university facilities or resources for political activities or purposes.

    It is a violation of state law for a UW–Madison employee to engage in political activities while at work. This has been interpreted to include working on or assisting with a political campaign; displaying signs and similar items or materials supporting a partisan political candidate in the workplace; and using campus mail, e-mail, telephones and equipment for political activities.

    It is a violation of state law for anyone to ask a UW–Madison employee to make a political contribution or to help with a political campaign while the employee is at work. This includes sending a request for a contribution or help with a campaign to a UW–Madison employee’s work mailing address or work e-mail address.

    It is a violation of state law to enter a UW–Madison building or facility for the purpose of requesting a political contribution or help for a political campaign. There is an exception for university residence halls at Chapter UWS 18.06(16m), Wisconsin Administrative Code.

    In addition to these specific restrictions on political activities, state and university policies restrict the use of university time, facilities, equipment, information technology resources and supplies to university business. Note that WiscMail accounts are considered UW–Madison “information technology resources” and are subject to the same restriction on use for political purposes as regular campus e-mail accounts. See Section 8.05A of the UW–Madison Faculty Policies and Procedures, and in Section 12.05 of the UW–Madison Academic Staff Policies and Procedures, Section 7. of Guidelines for Appropriate Use of University of Wisconsin–Madison Information Technology Resources, the UW–Madison WiscMail Appropriate Use policy, and the UW System memorandum titled Guidance on Political Campaign Activities at UW System Institutions.

    Student and employee organizations may reserve university meeting space for political discussion and debate. The appropriate means for announcements related to these activities are U.S. mail, leafleting outside university buildings, campus bulletin boards that are not reserved for official use, and meeting announcements in Wisconsin Week. For information about reserving meeting space, please contact the Central Reservations Office at 262-2511. For any additional questions, please contact the Office of Administrative Legal Services at 263-7400.