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Collaborative Health Sciences Program

The Collaborative Health Sciences Program supports novel ideas and new approaches to interdisciplinary research or education benefiting Wisconsin’s residents.


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.


Co-principal investigators and collaborators may have appointments at any UW System campus (including the UW School of Medicine and Public Health), Aurora Health Care, Marshfield Clinic, Gundersen Health System, the Medical College of Wisconsin, state and local government agencies, or community organizations.


In accordance with the goals of this grant program, 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 up to three grants during the 2016 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.


2016 Submission and Review Dates

Request for Proposals released

January 13

Preliminary applications due

February 17

Preliminary applications reviewed


Invite full applications

April 12

Full applicant orientation session*

April 27: 5-6pm**

Full applications due*

May 17

Full applications reviewed


Invite finalists for interviews

July 12

PERC interviews finalists

August 8

Notify finalists of award decisions

August 11

* By invitation only
** Harting-Mullins Conference Room, 4201 HSLC


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’s 2014-2019 Five-Year Plan (pdf).
  • 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 Wisconsin residents.
  • Includes an explicit plan for evaluating and disseminating research outcomes or project results.
  • Provides opportunities for community engagement, if applicable.

The Principal Investigator and Co-Principal Investigator:

  • 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, contact Tonya Mathison, Administrative Manager, at (608) 265-6688 or

Collaborative Health Sciences Program

Last updated: 01/13/2016
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