WARF grants to showcase innovation

As part of its 90th anniversary celebration, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) is funding up to five projects that best fete UW–Madison’s legacy of innovation.

Faculty, staff and students from all disciplines are encouraged to submit proposals of up to $1,000 by June 1. Projects should address one or more of the following themes: research, discovery, commercialization and investment.

Projects should appeal beyond a single department or school and could include lectures, art exhibits, technology workshops or historical retrospectives.

“We’re hoping for a spectrum of ideas,” says Laura Heisler, WARF’s director of programming. “These grants are intended to help different units from across campus tell their stories of innovation.”

Proposed projects and events must be open to all members of UW–Madison and the greater community, held on campus and take place before December 15, 2015.

WARF is the nonprofit organization founded in 1925 to patent and license campus inventions. The foundation is leading events throughout the year to celebrate UW–Madison personnel and technologies making a difference in the world.

“Our events highlight four key themes—research, discovery, commercialization and investment—that make innovation possible generation after generation,” says Heisler.    

Grant proposals will be reviewed by a committee of WARF staff and campus faculty. Up to five winners will be announced by June 15. For more information and to apply, visit warf.org/grants.