The Graduate School is uniquely poised to advocate for research and set standards for research excellence across disciplines. As we strive to advance knowledge through education and research, the Graduate School is leading the way.
That innovative spirit is exemplified in the annual fall competition – a tradition that is nearly a century old. The tradition opens new opportunities for faculty research and for student support and involvement in cutting-edge research at UW-Madison.
Each year, four research committees – in Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Studies and the Arts and Humanities – review research proposals and distribute more than $11 million to more than 400 faculty members for single- and multi-investigator proposals. The competition uses faculty decision-making to put more resources in the hands of faculty members and graduate students and is almost unprecedented nationally in its size and scope.
Much of the funding comes from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), which was created in 1925 to help commercialize technology arising from UW-Madison research. Since then, WARF has provided the university with more than $1.24 billion for research, programs and initiatives. WARF is a vital partner in building and maintaining our research enterprise.
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