Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

BACKING THE UNIVERSITY IS WARF’S STRENGTH


FY2021 Grant

Base Grant $61.6 million
Additional Grants $26.9 million
Morgridge Institute for Research $11.8 million
Total Grant:   $100.3 million

Base Grant

Our goal is to provide a consistent base grant that the university can rely on each year for support over multiple funding cycles. This base grant fuels the cycle of innovation at UW-Madison by providing support for faculty and student recruitment and retention and other initiatives. One of these initiatives, the Fall Research Competition, provides funding for cutting-edge research carried out by more than 400 faculty from departments throughout the university.

Faculty Recruitment and Retention $12.0 million
Fall Research Competition $10.9 million
Graduate Student Support $11.5 million
Faculty Fellowships $2.5 million
UW2020: WARF Discovery Initiative $10.0 million
Grant Matches for Instrumentation, Facilities, Doctoral Training and Research Programs $5.0 million
Leadership, Personnel, Policy and Implementation Support $1.5 million
Cluster Hire Initiative, Wisconsin Crop Improvement and Biochemistry Innovation $8.2 million
Total Base Grant to the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Research and Graduate Education:   $61.6 million

Additional Grants

WARF shares 15 percent of net revenue with the campus department (or similar organizational unit defined by the University) based on the location and affiliation of the principle inventor whose intellectual property is licensed to a commercial entity. The distribution occurs once a year in the fall. The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (OVCRGE) is responsible for allocating and crediting the appropriate University accounts and sends a letter to the appropriate chair (or other administrator) informing them of this credit.

Along with UW-Madison leaders, WARF also considers requests for special initiatives. Knowing UW-Madison’s specific infrastructure needs, we approved an additional grant to help support the construction of new research buildings.

Anticipated Grants for WARF Accelerator $2.5 million
Anticipated Department Royalty Shares and Distribution of Department Royalty Funds $9.1 million
Support of New Research Buildings $15.0 million
Additional Support $0.3 million
Total Additional Grants:   $26.9 million

Morgridge Institute for Research Grant

WARF also supports the Morgridge Institute for Research, a private, nonprofit working to improve human health by conducting, enabling and translating interdisciplinary biomedical research in collaboration with UW-Madison.

Morgridge Institute for Research $11.8 million

Additional Support for UW-Madison

WARF also provides in-kind support that covers services and costs that would otherwise have to be paid for by the university. This includes patenting, licensing and commercializing emerging technologies and royalty share payments to inventors. It also includes management of department trusts and donor funds as well as management of the Town Center and Discovery Building.

Patenting/Licensing and Other Support $15.8 million
Payments to Inventors & Other Shared Revenues $5.6 million
Litigation Expenses $0.6 million
Total Additional Support: $21.9 million

 

And this total does not include our support of startup companies throughout the state, development of 4490 Ventures, subsidized lease space of certain university facilities, community and entrepreneurial programs and events and additional programs that promote research.


Spending Guidelines

Our annual spending is determined based on a percentage of the value of WARF’s portfolio (more specifically, the unrestricted portfolio’s rolling three-year average market value). These funds will be used to support the annual grant to UW-Madison, the Morgridge Institute for Research and, if necessary, WARF operations.

The guidelines:

  • are aligned with spending rates of other institutions our size
  • allow us to support today’s researchers while maintaining support for future generations of university scientists

Resources

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