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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.

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.

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

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.

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.) FoundationScholarship 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 FoundationProjects to improve the lives of children, families and communities, and restore and protect the environment. International work permitted.
Ford FoundationProjects 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) FoundationProjects to improve health and health care of Americans.
Spencer FoundationResearch 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.) FoundationProjects 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 FoundationProjects to help people build measurably better lives, including improving education, protecting the environment, and addressing global development and population.
Sage (Russell) FoundationPrograms 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.) FoundationResearch 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.) FoundationBasic 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 FoundationsProjects 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 FoundationProjects 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 FoundationBasic 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 PhilanthropiesSupports 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.) FoundationResearch 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 FoundationFunds 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) FoundationFunds 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 FoundationPrincipal 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.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.