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Investing in Excellence

How Does WARF Benefit UW–Madison?


Prudent stewardship

WARF seeks to balance the needs of today with the needs of tomorrow. In accordance with our mission, we support today’s researchers through our investments of expertise, funds and time, while ensuring support for future generations of innovators.

Over more than 90 years, WARF has provided:

  • more than $3.3 billion to UW–Madison and the Morgridge Institute for Research in the form of direct grants (adjusted for inflation)
  • more than $200 million to faculty inventors (adjusted for inflation)
  • more than $300 million of in-kind support over the last 15 years (adjusted for inflation)

Highlights for fiscal 2016-17

  • Total grants to UW–Madison: $85 million
    • Faculty Recruitment & Retention: $13.6 million
    • Fall Research Competition: $10.3 million
    • Graduate Student Support: $13 million
    • UW2020: WARF Discovery Initiative: $6.5 million
    • New Research Initiatives: $3.6 million
    • Department Royalty Shares: $3.2 million
  • Grant to the Morgridge Institute for Research: $14 million


Margin of Excellence

“WARF's continuing investment is critical to our success as a research institution. Historically, WARF's annual grants and other initiatives and investments have been highly important, enabling graduate student support, faculty recruitment and retention, and the ability of faculty members to pursue lines of research that might not otherwise be possible. WARF's many contributions help us maintain our excellence.”
-Chancellor Rebecca Blank


WARF supports the university through an annual base grant, department royalty shares and special grants as resources allow. These dollars are used to:

  • recruit and retain faculty
  • fund cutting-edge campus infrastructure
  • support entrepreneurship education and much more.
See information on the current $91.9 million grant to UW–Madison and the Morgridge Institute