Current Funding Opportunities
The Faculty and Grad Student buttons above lead to UW Box folder spreadsheets that contain up-to-date information. Faculty funding is also posted in the weekly “Research funding opps, news & info” blog series. Graduate student opportunities include fellowships, dissertation, 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.
- UW SMPH medRAMP – Includes both internal (UW) and external funding opportunities.
- InfoEd Global
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 – Next due date March 1, 2021
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.
SoHE Centers of Excellence Discretionary Research Funding
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 application deadline. Refer to each Center’s funding opportunity below for more information.
- CCFW / CDL / P25 Research Incentive Funds – Due December 1, 2020
- CommNS Research Incentive Funds – 2020-21 call for proposals is coming soon!
- Center for Financial Security Research Incentive Funds – 2020-21 call for proposals is coming soon!
- DS/CDMC Research Incentive Funds – 2020-21 call for proposals is coming soon!
UW-Madison Funding Opportunities
The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (OVCRGE) at UW-Madison offers several internal funding opportunities for faculty, staff and/or graduate students throughout the year.
Search current OVCRGE 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 and public service projects. The table below provides a link to the organization and a basic overview of the types of research and public service projects supported.
|Organization Name||What They Fund|
|Mellon (Andrew W.) Foundation||Scholarship in the humanities, arts and cultural heritage, and scholarship in other countries.|
|Gates (Bill and Melinda) Foundation||Projects to improve global health and development (especially preventing disease in children and empowering women and girls), and education of underprivileged US students.|
|Packard Foundation||Projects to improve the lives of children, families and communities, and restore and protect the environment. International work permitted.|
|Ford Foundation||Projects that challenge inequality, including civil engagement and government, free expression and creativity, equitable development, inclusive economies and gender, racial and ethnic justice, internet freedom and youth opportunity and learning.|
|Johnson (Robert Wood) Foundation||Projects to improve health and health care of Americans.|
|Spencer Foundation||Research on education and improvement of its practice. Includes Small Research Grants, Lyle Spencer Research Award, Strategic Initiatives, Research-Practice Partnership Grants, and Midcareer grants.|
|Kellogg (William K.) Foundation||Projects to promote educated kids, healthy kids, and secure families. Focus is on early childhood (prenatal to age 8), within the context of their families and community. Committed to racial equity and community and civic engagement.|
|Hewlett Foundation||Projects to help people build measurably better lives, including improving education, protecting the environment, and addressing global development and population.|
|Sage (Russell) Foundation||Programs of social science research in the areas of (i) Behavioral Economics, (ii) Future of Work, (iii) Race, Ethnicity and Immigration, (iv) Social, Political and Economic Inequality, and (v) Immigration and Immigrant Integration.|
|Grant (William T.) Foundation||Research that increases our understanding of (1) the programs, policies, and practices that reduce inequality in youth outcomes; and (2) how policymakers and practitioners acquire, interpret, and use research evidence.|
|Sloan (Alfred P.) Foundation||Basic scientific research in select areas of cutting-edge research including chemistry; economic institutions; behavior and performance; energy and environment; outsourcing; digital sky project; and working longer.|
|Open Society Foundations||Projects that promote tolerance, transparency, and open debate. Also supports strategic human rights litigation and impact investing, while incubating new ideas and engaging directly with governments and policymakers through advocacy to advance positive change. International projects supported.|
|Conservation, Food and Health Foundation||Projects that protect natural resources, improve the production and distribution of food, and promote public health in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. Projects that build the capacity of organizations and coalitions through research that improves the learning and generation of local solutions to complex problems.|
|Beckman Foundation||Basic research in chemistry, biochemistry and medicine. Includes Beckman Young Investigators, Beckman Scholars, Beckman-Argyros Award in Vision Research, Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows. Applications are handled through a limited competition process at UW-Madison.|
|Bader Philanthropies||Supports work in Milwaukee, greater Wisconsin, and to a limited degree beyond. Funds research and projects in community building, employment, Alzheimer’s and healthy aging, social equity, the arts, and youth development. Submit a brief LOI, full proposal submission by invitation only.|
|Casey (Annie E.) Foundation||Research and projects that address the needs of kids in the US facing the greatest challenges in the areas of child welfare (Foster Care), community change (Community Development), economic opportunity (Employment, Education and Training), and juvenile justice.
|Joyce Foundation||Funds projects that advance racial equity and economic mobility for the next generation in the Great Lakes region (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI), in the areas of culture, democracy, education & economic mobility, environment, and gun violence prevention & justice reform.|
|Mott (Charles Stewart) Foundation||Funds projects in four major program areas: Civil Society (US and international), Education (US only) Environment (Great Lakes and limited international projects), Flint, MI Area.
|Lefkofsky Family Foundation||Principal giving interests are focused on four program areas: Education, Human Rights, Medical Research, and Arts & Culture. The Foundation accepts proposals by invitation only.|
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.gov||A 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 Central||Provides funding opportunities and serves as the grant application portal for an array of not-for-profit, governmental, and private organizations.|