UW2020: WARF Discovery Initiative is open for round five proposals

September 11, 2018 By Natasha Kassulke

The University of Wisconsin–Madison Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (OVCRGE) invites researchers to submit multi-investigator proposals to join the 66 projects already funded through the UW2020: WARF Discovery Initiative.

Photo: Professor standing in front of keyboard with theramin

An electronic music studio, created through the efforts of a UW2020 project led by Daniel Grabois, assistant professor of horn in the School of Music, provides state-of-the-art tools such as this theremin. Photo: Natasha Kassulke

Abstracts for research projects and infrastructure proposals are due Oct. 15. Divisional associate vice chancellors for research will review the abstracts and advise applicants (principal investigators) about submitting full-length proposals. The full proposals are due Dec. 3.

“We are looking forward to building on the success of the past rounds of UW2020 with these new proposals,” says Norman Drinkwater, interim vice chancellor for research and graduate education. “UW2020 has earned a reputation on and off campus as an innovative approach to answering tough research questions, tackling critical infrastructure needs, and supporting creative approaches to discovery.”

The goal of the UW2020 initiative is to support collaborative, multidisciplinary research projects that are high-risk, high-impact, and transformative as well as those that require the acquisition of shared instruments or equipment that will open new avenues for research. Project proposals should also be aimed at providing momentum to interdisciplinary research that could merit outside funding.

To date, UW2020 projects have generated more than $20 million in extramural funding. Successful projects have spanned the disciplines and ranged from creating an Electronic Music Studio for UW–Madison to translating novel breast cancer genetic markers from the bench to the clinic.

UW2020 is underwritten by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation with combined funding from other sources. Awards range from $100,000 to $500,000.

The UW2020 Council will evaluate the proposals in the spring with final selection to be made by the OVCRGE.

More information and past project descriptions