Watch how WARF invests in research to make a difference.
The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) is a nonprofit, mission-driven organization dedicated to promoting, encouraging and aiding scientific investigation and research at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the Morgridge Institute for Research. WARF invests in the university by partnering with UW–Madison to steward the cycle of research, discovery, commercialization and investment.
Founded in 1925 by visionary alumni, WARF is among the oldest and most successful technology transfer offices in the nation. As the designated patent and licensing organization for UW–Madison, WARF advances transformative discoveries to the marketplace to benefit humankind across Wisconsin and the world.
Supporting innovation at UW–Madison
Today, WARF manages a substantial investment portfolio built from decades of licensing and investment revenues. Through prudent stewardship WARF is able to provide an annual grant of tens of millions of dollars to the university to fuel an evergreen cycle of innovation. These gifts are used to recruit and retain faculty, support student fellowships, build new facilities and advance the Wisconsin Idea.Learn about the $100+ million of support WARF provided to UW–Madison last year
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Economic impact on Wisconsin & beyond
Unlike any other university, WARF covers all costs of its intellectual property commercialization and defense, saving Wisconsin taxpayers millions of dollars.
Moreover, WARF’s independent, private status enables it to invest in entrepreneurs and more than 100 private-sector startups that are driving job creation.
National Medal of Technology
In recognition of our decades of service, WARF was awarded the National Medal of Technology — the nation's highest honor for technology innovation — from President George W. Bush in 2005. WARF is the only technology transfer organization to ever receive this honor.