PURPOSE AND FOCUS:
Basic science at UW-Madison includes research programs that seek to discover and investigate fundamental mechanisms and processes in the natural world and to develop methods and technologies to meet this objective. This initiative will lay the groundwork for true breakthrough discoveries and unforeseen applications to human health, technology, and society by connecting with philanthropic resources that share these goals.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE:
Faculty members at the UW-Madison.
APPLICATION AND REVIEW:
The Fundamental Discovery Initiative builds on areas in which the UW-Madison has particular strength and offers great investment potential for advancing basic science. The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education will operationalize the process. An announcement to faculty will invite applications for early-stage, high risk-high reward proposals on an ongoing basis. A panel of reviewers will evaluate proposals and assist with connecting the most promising research projects with potential donors.
TYPE OF SUPPORT:
Starter/Incubator Award: one year of flexible funds at $50,000-$150,000, to further develop an initial, embryonic idea.
Proof of Concept Award: two years of support at $200,000-$400,000/year, to test a more fully developed hypothesis.