Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

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University of Wisconsin Research

to solve the world’s problems

Smart. Collaborative. Resourceful.

That’s you … and that’s us. WARF has been doing it for almost a century.

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Partnering with UW-Madison, we’ve helped to develop and invest in emerging technologies that change the world.


active issued U.S. patents

$4.1 billion 

of cumulative grants to UW-Madison & the Morgridge Institute since inception on an inflation-adjusted basis


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2022 WARF Innovation Awards

Two UW-Madison teams chosen 2022 WARF Innovation Award winners

Congratulations to Ramathasan Thevamaran and Jizhe Cai for their work, New, Lightweight Material to Protect Against Bullets and Other High-Speed Impacts, and Sara McCoy, Miriam Shelef, Michael Newton and Zihao Zheng for their work, Innovative New Diagnostic Test for Sjögren’s Syndrome!


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Collaborations and collisions

As the UpStart program celebrates 10 years, its founders and participants look back on how it all began and why it continues to redefine what successful entrepreneurship looks like. When…

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UW entrepreneurial awardees model innovation, shape Wisconsin’s entrepreneurial ecosystem<
April 27, 2023

UW entrepreneurial awardees model innovation, shape Wisconsin’s entrepreneurial ecosystem

Four outstanding innovators have received the 2023 Chancellor’s Entrepreneurial Achievement Awards. Established in 2011, the awards recognize individuals with ties to the University of Wisconsin–Madison who further the Wisconsin Idea through…

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