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Current Funding Opportunities

Find the current list of funding opportunities as posted to the weekly blog “Research funding opps, news & info.”

SoHE Funding Opportunities

The following opportunities are available to SoHE faculty, staff and/or graduate students. 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 Incentive Applications - Fall 2019 - Opportunity now closed

This round of applications has closed. Check back in late fall 2019 for the next opportunity.

Application deadline: Spring 2020 deadline TBD


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. Consideration will also be given to the quality and impact of the proposed work, the applicant’s career stage and demonstrated capability to execute the proposed work (including track record from any of the SoHE’s previous investments), and the size and scope of the potential funding award.

Submission Instructions

Submit the completed application via email to Dr. Lauren Papp, Associate Dean for Research -

UW-Madison Funding Opportunities

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (VCRGE) at UW-Madison offers several internal funding opportunities for faculty, staff and/or graduate students throughout the year.

Search current VCRGE internal funding opportunities

Some external sponsors limit the number of applications an institution may submit, which is referred to as a limited competition. The VCRGE oversees the process for selecting the designated applicant for limited competition grant programs. If you identify a funding opportunity that is a limited competition, contact Sarah Marcotte, SoHE pre-award administrator, for questions or assistance with a limited competition.

Explore VCRGE Policies & Procedures for limited competition grant programs.

Searching for External Funding Opportunities

UW-Madison subscribes to several 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.