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The Faculty button leads to the SoHE KB with a table of current funding opportunities. For a comprehensive list (both active and expired) of funding opportunities of potential interest to SoHE Faculty, see this Box folder file.

The Graduate student button takes you to a Box folder file with a comprehensive list of extramural funding opportunities for graduate students including fellowships, dissertation support, travel and conference grants, and more.

Search for COVID-19 Funding Opportunities

Several resources offer compilations of funding opportunities relevant to COVID-19. Opportunities are updated frequently, so check them often. Contact Sarah Marcotte for assistance locating a COVID-19 funding opportunity in a specific area of research or public service activities.

SoHE Funding Opportunities

The following opportunities are available to SoHE faculty and/or staff. These opportunities are handled as internal competitions and are coordinated by the Associate Dean for Research or the respective Center of Excellence. Each opportunity outlines the process for submitting an application and the eligibility requirements but in general, these proposals are not submitted via WISPER. For more information, refer to the funding opportunity announcement below.

SoHE Course Release Incentive Applications – Typically due once per semester.

In support of advancing SoHE’s productivity and impact in research, scholarship, and grants, Dean Shim has allocated significant resources to fund faculty members’ course releases. The releases are intended to create time for developing promising external funding proposals.

The application focuses on the role the course release will play in the researcher’s overall scholarship and grant process. The course releases are intended for investigators who have identified a significant federal grant opportunity. The aim of the release is to carve out time for the investigator to advance or complete the grant proposal. The applicant will be more competitive if they have support from and/or connection with a SoHE research center.
The Associate Dean for Research sends an email call for proposals to the SoHE community a few weeks before the deadline each spring and fall.
SoHE Centers of Excellence Discretionary Research Funding – Announced fall semester each year.

Funds for this initiative are to be used specifically to increase extramural grants and sponsored projects that would lead to greater impact in solving real-world problems. Each year, SoHE Research Leads release a call for proposals outlining the research priorities for that funding cycle, how to apply for the funding, and the application deadline. Refer to each Center’s funding opportunity below for more information.

SoHE Research Expenses Funding

Building on strong investments Dean Shim and campus leadership have made in the School’s research and scholarship, a new research funding opportunity was made available in Fall of 2020. It is understood that certain research expenses are immediate or foundational in nature and may be needed to enhance competitiveness for preliminary or larger grant applications or scholarly activities. The available funds (up to $5,000) are intended for research-related expenses that would directly support the faculty members’ productivity and/or competitiveness for future grants and projects. Applications may be submitted at any time and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

UW-Madison Funding Opportunities

A wide range of funding opportunities are offered by units across the UW-Madison campus, in areas of research or scholarship that are relevant to SoHE, including the Office of Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (OVCRGE), Office of the Provost, School of Medicine and Public Health, and many others.

See a list of UW-Madison internal funding opportunities.

Limited Competition Grant Programs

Some external sponsors limit the number of applications an institution may submit, which is referred to as a limited competition. The OVCRGE oversees the process for selecting the designated applicant from across campus for limited competition grant programs. In addition, SoHE may conduct a limited competition when i) a sponsor limits applicants to one per academic unit on campus; or ii) the OVCRGE requests no more than one applicant from each School/College be put forth for a campus-wide limited competition.

Review the SoHE Process for a Limited Competition Grant Program.
Explore OVCRGE Policies & Procedures for limited competition grant programs.

Private Organizations and Foundations that Fund Academic Research

Many private organizations and foundations support academic research in areas relevant to SoHE.

See a list of private organizations that fund academic research.

Searching for External Funding Opportunities

UW-Madison subscribes to grant-seeking websites for searching available funding opportunities across a wide array of potential funders, from federal agencies to non-profits to foundations. Information about these resources can be found on RSP’s webpage for Finding Funding. If you would like help with setting up a profile and creating customized searches using one of these searching services, contact Sarah Marcotte, pre-award research administrator.

The UW Libraries Grants Information Collective (GIC) has compiled extensive grant-seeking resources including links to workshops, online tutorial videos, grant examples, etc.

Remember that all grant applications to external sponsors must be routed through WISPER for review and approval by SoHE and RSP, per campus policy. If you find a funding opportunity you would like to apply to, contact Sarah Marcotte, SoHE pre-award administrator, for assistance with WISPER, preparation and review of the budget, or for any questions about eligibility or the steps involved with submission.

External Funding – Sponsor Resources

Most grant-making sponsors maintain available funding opportunities on their websites, along with information about preparing and submitting a proposal and the award process. Below are links to frequently sought resources and sponsor websites.

grants.govA comprehensive resource for searching all federal funding opportunities.
National Institutes of Health (NIH)The NIH is the largest federal sponsor of research at UW-Madison and provides extensive resources for grant preparation.
National Science Foundation (NSF)NSF funds a significant amount of research on the UW-Madison campus.
Proposal CentralProvides funding opportunities and serves as the grant application portal for an array of not-for-profit, governmental, and private organizations.