August 11, 2014
To: Tenured Professors and Associate Professors, tenure-track Assistant Professors, and Permanent PIs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
I am pleased to announce the Graduate School Research Committee's call for 2015-2016 research proposals. This research competition is available because of the impressive efforts of UW-Madison faculty and staff in filing successful patents through the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF).
All requests for 2015-2016 research support must be submitted electronically to the Graduate School by 4:30 pm on Friday, September 19, 2014. Faculty members and permanent principal investigators (PI) may submit one application to the standard competition. This submission may be either individual or involve collaboration with another faculty member or permanent PI. Applicants will be notified of the outcome in December 2014.
In addition to any proposal a PI or co-PI collaborators might submit to the Fall Research Competition, researchers may also submit an application as part of the Interdisciplinary Research Competition. Last year, proposals as part of this competition were due on the same date as those submitted to the Fall Research Competition. This academic year that will not be the case. Interdisciplinary Research Competition applications will be due early in the spring semester of 2015. Decisions will be announced by the end of the semester. A separate email announcement will be sent with more detail when available.
To remind you, the Interdisciplinary Research Competition is an effort to foster innovative interdisciplinary scholarship that integrates information, data, techniques, tools, perspectives, concepts, and/or theories from two or more disciplines or bodies of specialized knowledge. Proposals must reflect more than mere collaboration among colleagues and is unlikely to be funded if the plan of research suggests that collaborators are merely individually undertaking aspects of their project in their own specialty areas. We are looking for proposals which
To be eligible in this competition, co-PIs from at least two different divisions (i.e. Arts and Humanities, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Social Studies) must apply together. A PI's division for the purpose of this competition is the same as her/his tenure home division. Proposal reviews will be undertaken by a committee including the divisional associate deans in the Graduate School and faculty representatives from each of the divisions. Only semi-final applicants will be interviewed.
It is especially important to take time to review the FAQs (http://grad.wisc.edu/research/researchfunding/fc/aboutfc.html) specific to your Division and those concerning the Interdisciplinary Competition.
To make the best use of the funds available to the Committee, it is critical for applicants to seek and obtain other funds. Information about the granting procedures of various federal and non-federal agencies is available from the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs website: http://www.rsp.wisc.edu.
If you are applying for a Guggenheim, NEH, or ACLS fellowship, contact your Graduate School Associate Dean (2-1044). Please make sure you know and understand Graduate School supplementation policies, especially for external research fellowships other than the three identified above (http://grad.wisc.edu/research/researchfunding/supplementation.html).
Information regarding the Graduate School's Research Committee Policies for 2015-16 can be found at the following web site: http://www.grad.wisc.edu/research/researchfunding/rescommittee/policies.html.
Process for Application
The application and instructions are available at http://grad.wisc.edu/resfunding/fallcomp/.
For Assistance in Completing the Application
Fall Competition questions, Fall Competition Admin Staff.
Technical questions, call 5-9772.
Vice Chancellor for Research and Dean of the Graduate School