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UW–Madison launches new funding initiative to support university-industry partnerships


By David Schwartz
Published: February 9th, 2021

The Univesity of Wisconin-Madison has launched a new funding effort designed to support grad student internships and collaborations between university researchers the private sector. The strategic initiative, Promoting Industry Collaboration, is also supported by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, the university’s tech transfer and commercialization arm.

“We know that research collaborations between universities and industry can lead to economic development, innovation and discovery,” says Steve Ackerman, vice chancellor for research and graduate education. “The goal of this initiative is to spark new collaborations with industry, stimulate innovative thinking among students, and promote translation of fundamental research.”

The program will provide grants of between $50,000 and $200,000, with a total of $2 million available. Projects can be for one or two years and are expected to leverage research strengths and other resources from both the university and the companies involved.

“The initiative also seeks to address solutions to complex social, environmental and economic challenges such as energy, food, health and security that are best addressed through collaboration between universities and industry,” says Cynthia Czajkowski, associate vice chancellor for research in the biological sciences.

Potential proposals may focus on cutting-edge fundamental research in science, engineering and technology; developing applications for university-industry cooperative research centers; and pilot studies for future proposals that specifically target partnerships between UW–Madison and industry.

The Promoting Industry Collaboration Initiative also supports semester or semester-plus-summer internships for PhD students with dissertator status. The internships must be related to the student’s research project.

“This initiative should provide our PhD students experience in the private sector and professional development skills relevant to multiple career pathways,” Czajkowski says.

IP related to the funded projects must be assigned to WARF. The awards can’t be used to fund industry personnel, but funding can be used for services and products. Some level of matching support is required. Funding for industry personnel is expected to be covered by the industry partner, but can be applied as matching funds.

Source: UW News

Posted under: University-Industry Engagement Week

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