The Graduate School's Technology Transfer Grants Program promotes and advances UW-Madison research that benefits Wisconsin's economy by competitively awarding grants through the Innovation & Economic Development Research (IEDR) program. The program funds research proposals that focus on research that is technically innovative, of interest to a broad economic sector, and has a high potential to benefit Wisconsin's industrial and economic development in the near term. Individuals or groups may apply to the program. These grants often allow faculty to generate additional public and private-sector support for their research programs, engage in inventive research, and promote technology transfer between the university and industry. The majority of IEDR grants are awarded as seed money to support early stages of applied research.
Approximately $650,000 is available this year for faculty and academic staff research awards (subject to the availability of program funding). Proposals are normally considered for "seed" funding for up to 12 months of effort. Investigators may request up to a maximum of $50,000, and typical awards range from $40,000 to $50,000.
Applicants must be UW-Madison faculty members or academic staff. Support is available only for persons who will be in residence on the Madison campus during the time that the research support is provided. Applicants accepting industrial funding must follow the University's policies and procedures.