Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

WARF Accelerator Advanced Manufacturing Challenge Grant

The innovative technologies and processes that comprise advanced manufacturing enable industry to make new and improved products and manufacture existing products in more efficient, cost-effective and sustainable ways.

WARF is launching a spring WARF Accelerator challenge to identify and support technologies on campus that address this important area of research. Even if your idea is early stage, please consider submitting an application. We’re interested in hearing your idea.

Grant Details

  • WARF Accelerator will award 2-3 grants from a $100,000 pool. 
  • Individuals and teams should complete these questions and submit them as an attachment to your innovation disclosure. Please include “Advanced Manufacturing Challenge” in the description of your innovation.   
  • WARF staff will evaluate proposals. 
  • Proposed research to be completed in a year. 
  • Project team must include a Principal Investigator (PI) at UW-Madison or the Morgridge Institute for Research. 

Assessment Criteria

  • Technical readiness
  • Commercial potential
  • Concepts must be new (not something previously disclosed to WARF)

Advanced Manufacturing Projects

Advanced manufacturing can transform industries large and small through innovative technologies and processes. We’re looking for projects that focus on any aspect of advanced manufacturing, including but not limited to, sustainable/green manufacturing, robotics and automation, additive manufacturing, biomanufacturing, sensors and control systems, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, Low-Tech manufacturing and more.


Any Questions?

Contact Brian Frushour 

WARF