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The 2014 Collaborative Health Sciences Program Request for Proposals is now open. Preliminary applications are due March 18, 2014.


The Collaborative Health Sciences Program supports novel ideas and collaborative approaches to research and education benefiting the health of the people of Wisconsin. With implementation of the Wisconsin Partnership Program 2014-2018 Five-Year Plan (pdf), proposals covering a broad range of topics, including obesity, health disparities, education and mental health, are encouraged.


Collaborative teams are made up of a principal investigator, one or two co-principal investigators, and any number of collaborators. The principal investigator must be a professor, associate professor, senior scientist or distinguished scientist at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH).


Co-principal investigators and collaborators may have appointments in the School of Medicine and Public Health, or in other UW-Madison schools or colleges, UW System campuses, Aurora Health Care, Marshfield Clinic, Gundersen Health System, the Medical College of Wisconsin, state and local government agencies or community organizations.


Teams must include at least two of the following disciplines: basic, clinical, social/behavioral and/or population sciences. Teams with a history of collaboration must explore a new direction.


Awards are up to $500,000 over three years. The Partnership Education and Research Committee (PERC) expects to award two grants during the 2014 grant cycle.


A preliminary application is required and will be considered by PERC for further development as a full application. Finalists will be interviewed by the committee.


Submission and Review Dates

Request for Proposals released

February 18, 2014

Preliminary applications due

March 18, 2014

Preliminary applications reviewed

March-May, 2014

Invitation to submit full applications

May 13, 2014

Full applications due (by invitation only)

June 10, 2014

Full applications reviewed

June-August, 2014

Invitations for interviews

August 12, 2014


September 8, 2014


Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:


The project:

  • Shows innovation and has outstanding merit.
  • Advances the mission, the vision and at least one of the desired outcomes of the Wisconsin Partnership Program 2014-2019 Five-Year Plan.
  • Enhances interdisciplinary research or education, and fosters collaborations among two or more of the following disciplines: basic, clinical, social/behavioral, and/or population sciences.
  • Describes the process by which successful execution of this research or education intervention could be translated into improved health of the people of Wisconsin.
  • Includes an explicit plan for evaluating and disseminating research outcomes or project results.
  • Provides opportunities for community engagement, if applicable.

The PI and Co-PI(s):

  • Have an established record of independent scholarship or have experience developing, administering, or evaluating research or education programs.

Wisconsin Partnership Program staff members are available to answer questions about the application submission and review process, applicant eligibility, budget categories and program priorities. For questions, call (608) 265-8215 or email

Last updated: 06/05/2014
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