In the spirit of the Wisconsin Idea and inspired by the historical innovations launched on the UW campus that have improved the lives of Wisconsinites, Americans, and in many cases our global society, the Paster Family Foundation is excited to announce the creation of a new innovation award designed to recognize and encourage innovative discoveries arising on our medical campus that advance human health.


Open for application to any employee (faculty, staff or student employees) of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, UW Health or William S. Middleton Veterans Memorial Hospital (VA)

  • Note: federally funded research projects not eligible

Selection criteria

  • A project, system improvement or initiative that has made a difference in human health and/or the lives of patients and their families

Required submission materials

  • One- to two-page summary of innovation answering the following questions:
    • What was the goal?
    • What did you do?
    • What was the outcome?
  • One- to three-minute video (optional)

Award details

  • Applications will be due August 16
  • Winner will be notified in early October
  • Winner will receive $5,000

How to apply