The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (VCRGE) 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 Office of the VCRGE is leading the way.
That innovative spirit is exemplified in the annual Fall Competition – a tradition that that spans almost a century. The tradition offers funding opportunities for cutting-edge research carried out by faculty and for graduate student support at UW-Madison. This distribution of research resources across campus is almost unprecedented nationally in its size and scope and enjoys a long tradition of nearly-100 years of growing funding.
Funding for the Fall Competition 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 $1.36 billion for research, programs and initiatives. WARF is a vital partner in building and maintaining our research enterprise.
“WARF’s generous support for the Fall Competition and for many other initiatives of the UW-Madison gives our university a significant margin of excellence that propels innovation, creativity, and discovery by faculty, students, and staff,” said Marsha Mailick, incoming Interim Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education.
Each year, four research committees – in Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Studies and the Arts and Humanities – review nearly 600 research proposals from 120 different departments and distribute more than $11 million to 400+ faculty members for single and multi-investigator research. In addition to the traditional Fall Research Competition, for the second year this spring the Office of the VCRGE will coordinate the Interdisciplinary Research Competition, an effort to foster innovative interdisciplinary scholarship that integrates information, data, techniques, tools, perspectives, concepts, and/or theories from two or more divisions or bodies of specialized knowledge.
Both competitions use faculty decision-making to put critically-needed resources in the hands of faculty and staff and are almost unprecedented nationally in size and scope.
All requests for 2015-2016 research support for the Fall Competition must be submitted electronically to the Graduate School by 4:30 pm Friday, September 19, 2014. Information on the Interdisciplinary Research Competition will be forthcoming.
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