The Wisconsin Partnership Program has invested $71 million into 98 different faculty research grants since 2004. Those grants have targeted a multitude of issues affecting Wisconsinites, including cancer, infectious disease, obesity, diabetes, children's health and more.

The Partnership Program currently administers two faculty grant programs.

  • The Collaborative Health Sciences Program provides up to $600,000 over three years to support novel ideas and new approaches to interdisciplinary research or education benefiting Wisconsin’s residents. Collaborative teams are made up of a principal investigator, co-principal investigator(s), and other collaborators. The principal investigator must be a professor, associate professor, senior scientist or distinguished scientist at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.
  • The New Investigator Program provides up to $150,000 over two years to support early-career faculty in initiating innovative research and/or educational approaches that address Wisconsin’s health issues. The program funds innovative proposals from new faculty that may be leveraged for external funding. Principal investigators must be assistant professors at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.
  • The Opportunity Grants Program, which is designed to be strategic, flexible and timely, provides start-up funding to support high-risk, high-profile, high-impact, state-of-the art education and research projects benefiting the health of the people of Wisconsin.

Collaborative Health Sciences Program

This program supports the efforts of established investigators to initiate new programs of collaborative, interdisciplinary research and education aimed at addressing public health issues that have not yielded to traditional approaches.

Grant awards: Grant awards are up to $600,000 over three years. The Partnership Education and Research Committee expects to award three grants during the 2018 grant cycle.

Applicant eligibility: Collaborative teams include a principal investigator, one or two co-principal investigators, and any number of collaborators from 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.

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, Aurora Health Care, Marshfield Clinic, Gundersen Health System, the Medical College of Wisconsin, state and local government agencies, or community organizations.

2018 Collaborative Health Sciences Program grants key dates and deadlines

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

March 14

Request for proposals released

April 18

Preliminary applications due

April-June

Preliminary applications reviewed

June 12

Invite full applications

June 26

Full applicant orientation session

July 11

Full applications due

July-Sept.

Full applications reviewed

Sept. 18

Invite finalists for interviews

Oct. 8

Partnership Education and Review Committee interviews finalists

Oct. 10

Notify finalists of award decisions

New Investigator Program

The New Investigator Program provides up to $150,000 over two years to support early-career faculty in initiating innovative research and/or educational approaches that address Wisconsin’s health issues. The program funds innovative proposals from new faculty that may be leveraged for external funding.

Previously funded projects span the continuum from basic, clinical, social/behavioral and population sciences. Three were funded in 2017.

Grant awards: up to $150,000 over two years

Applicant eligibility: The principal investigator must be a UW School of Medicine and Public Health assistant professor with a salaried appointment of at least 50 percent.

For the 2018 funding cycle, tenure-track assistant professors must have a formal start date on or after Jan. 1, 2015, plus tenure-track extension, if applicable. Clinical health sciences and clinician-teacher assistant professors must have a formal start date on or after Jan. 1, 2013.

The Partnership Education and Research Committee encourages eligible faculty within all School of Medicine and Public Health departments, including basic and applied science, to apply.

Applicants are limited to two submissions, an original and one resubmission, of the same proposal.

Application process: All applicants must submit a preliminary application via an online form. Reviewers will screen all preliminary applications for eligibility and viability, and the Partnership Education and Research Committee will invite qualified applicants to submit a full application. Committee members will interview finalists in December.

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Key dates and deadlines for 2018 New Investigator Program grants

May 16

Request for proposals released

June 20

Preliminary applications due

June-Aug.

Preliminary applications reviewed

Aug. 14

Applicants notified of status

Aug. 28

Full applicant orientation session

Sept. 12

Full applications due

Sept.-Nov.

Full applications reviewed

Nov. 12

Finalists selected

Dec. 10

Partnership Education and Review Committee interviews finalists

Dec. 11

Grantees selected

Opportunity Grants Program

The Opportunity Grants Program, which is designed to be strategic, flexible and timely, provides start-up funding to support high-risk, high-profile, high-impact, state-of-the art education and research projects benefiting the health of the people of Wisconsin.

Opportunity Grants support groundbreaking research and education projects that fulfill two or more of the following criteria:

  • have the potential to transform a field of study
  • represent a novel application of an established idea or approach
  • challenge traditional thought and practice
  • engage perspectives and approaches from nontraditional partners
  • benefit from an influx of funds to quickly advance the area in significant ways

Proposals must be highly innovative with potential to leverage additional funding sources and align with the desired outcomes of the Wisconsin Partnership Program’s 2014-19 Wisconsin Partnership Program Five-Year Plan (pdf). Additionally, proposals must address specific knowledge gaps or scientific opportunities, advance novel research methods, or enhance the education of the future health workforce while paving the way to create healthier communities and advancing health equity.

Proposals should describe not only how the project will improve the health of the people of Wisconsin, but also explain the path to translate discovery to application in the clinical setting and/or in communities. Applicants must address why applying to the PERC New Investigator or Collaborative Health Sciences programs is not feasible

Preliminary application guidelines

Interested applicants must first consult with Partnership Program staff to address eligibility criteria, specific aims and approach and alignment with Wisconsin Partnership Program goals and with the objectives of the Opportunity Grants Program. Please email Eileen Smith and Tonya Mathison to schedule an in-person or telephone consultation.