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UW System grants

Program information

UW System annually announces competitions of interest to faculty and academic staff. Depending on the type of grant program, some system proposals are handled by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) and some by ORSP.

**Please call the CETL Office at 715-836-2385 or ORSP at 715-836-3405 for current deadline and program information prior to developing a proposal for any of these UW System programs.**

UW System Due date (Dates change; check program website for exact dates)

Undergraduate Water Research Fellowship Program 

Due date dependent on Track

Due date dependent on Track

Track 2: Strategic Research Support


Discontinued until further notice 

Track 3: Undergraduate FCW Interdisciplinary Curriculum, Training & Course Development & Design
April 1, 2020 or anytime thereafter.

November 1, 2021

Track 4: Research Experience for Undergraduates Fellowships
Summer Fellowships: TBA (UW System deadline)

Academic Fall Fellowships: TBA 

Academic Spring Fellowships: TBA

Summer Fellowships: TBA

Academic Fall Fellowships: TBA

Academic Spring Fellowships: TBA

Track 5: Inter-institutional Undergraduate Training Initiatives
October 25, 2021 (to ORSP)
November 1, 2021 (to UW System)
October 25, 2021 (ORSP)
November 1, 2021 (UW System)
Spark Grant Program
Due date changes annually
January 22, 2021
Ignite Grant Program
Proposal: January 24, 2022 (System Deadline)

Intent to submit: November 29, 2021 (UW System)

Full Proposal: January 24, 2022

Teaching and Learning Grants
TBA (ORSP deadline)
Wisconsin Teaching Fellows + Scholars
December 9, 2021 (System Deadline)
Nov 15, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. (to CETL)
Center for 21st Century Studies Fellowships
 December 9, 2021(System Deadline)
Institute for Research in the Humanities Fellowship
February 25, 2022 (System Deadline)
February 18, 2022 (to ORSP)
Groundwater Research and Monitoring for Wisconsin
TBA (System Deadline)


Freshwater Research Collaborative 

Track 1: Discontinued until further notice
Offers fellowships to UW-System faculty with release time from teaching and service for one to two semesters, and, may continue through the summer if they have additional funding. A contribution of ~$5,000 per fellow is made to each home institution. Fellows receive office space for faculty in residence support service, and access to university facilities. 

Track 2: Discontinued until further notice
Projects should be designed to support interdisciplinary research across two or more UW System campuses that address one or more of the Grand Water Challenges identified in the FCW. Proposals focused on Grand Challenges 1 &3 are considered high priority. Proposals should clearly identify the selected challenge it falls under and the incorporated five cross-cutting themes. Awards are $30,000/PI and $4,000/undergraduate.

Track 3: November 1, 2021 or Anytime Thereafter   
Purpose is to advance the development of learning and workforce development training tools and offerings within FCW; stimulate interdisciplinary instruction and training across UWS campuses; develop innovative, new courses and curricular components that benefit students from all disciplines; and, help develop the common curricular components that will be the basis for introduction to the freshwater for all UW System students. Award maximum is $12,000. 

Track 4: November 1, 2021
  Projects seek to initiate collaborative undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity while simultaneously prompting faculty research collaborations in Water Resources across UW System universities. Proposals should clearly relate to Wisconsin's freshwater resource, should be of significant magnitude to engage an undergraduate water fellow for the duration of the award, and should be collaborative in nature. 

Track 5: November 1, 2021 
Purpose is to implement unique cross campus training programs (e.g. student exchanges, summer institutes and courses, internships, etc.) with a focus on hands-on training in the field of workforce environments. Proposals are open to any innovative mechanisms, and there is no preconception of what constitutes a "Training Program." Unlike Track 3 which is for the development/design, Track 5 is for implementation of programs that are more "ready to go." Funds may be used for supplies and equipment, travel, student support, marketing, etc. 

Spark Grant Program

TBA (System Deadline): TBA (to ORSP)
The WiSys Spark Grant Program has been designed to help faculty advance their knowledge and technology to commercialization. The Fund provides awards of $500-$10,000/project to faculty, academic staff, or students towards implementation and completion of short-term projects. Click on the following links for application guidelines and the scoring rubric.  

Ignite Grant Program for Applied Research

Required Intent to Submit Email: November 29, 2021 (System Deadline)
Proposal: January 24, 2022 (System Deadline); January 17, 2022 (to ORSP)
This program encourages faculty to use their expertise and to apply their scholarship to support the economic development of Wisconsin. The UW System-sponsored Ingnite Grant Program for Applied Research offers 14-month for up to $50,000. Faculty and staff in all disciplines on all UW campuses are eligible to apply. More information can be found at:

Teaching and Learning Grants

(System Deadline TBA)
Provides support for 3 categories: local, regional, or systemwide workshops or conferences focused on effective and innovative teaching; research projects that focus on assessment of student learning outcomes and quality teaching practices; innovative campus proposals to start or sustain teaching and learning programs or centers. Contact ORSP for the proposal guidelines and forms.

Wisconsin Teaching Fellows + Scholars Program

December 9, 2021 (System Deadline): November 15, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. (to CETL)
The Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars (WTFS) program offers UW faculty and teaching academic staff a unique opportunity to collaborate with other exceptional teachers from across the UW System and from various disciplines. Many participants have found that the experience re-energized their work and even transformed their approach to teaching and learning. Collaboration with colleagues from diverse perspectives lies at the heart of the program. In addition to discussing illuminating works from pedagogical literature, Fellows and Scholars are guided through the process of completing a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) project with input from fellow participants and the program co-directors. More information can be found at:

Wisconsin Teaching Scholar

TBA (System Deadline): TBD (to ORSP)
The Wisconsin Teaching Scholars group will include outstanding tenured faculty and experienced academic staff. Candidates must be exceptional teachers who publicly share their expertise and demonstrate leadership. Each participant undertakes a significant SoTL project, records the project’s progress on an electronic poster, and disseminates the results in public forums. More information can be found at:

Center for 21st Century Studies Fellowships

December 9th, 2021 (System Deadline); TBD (to ORSP)
Invites fellows to contribute to the mission to imagine, define, and create the emergent field of 21st century studies, answering the question, "What Should 21st Century Studies Do?" Up to $3,000 is provided to the home institution to defray replacement costs. More information can be found at

Institute for Research in the Humanities Fellowship

February 25, 2022 (System Deadline); February 18, 2022 (to ORSP)
Offers one- or two-semester fellowships at UW-Madison's Institute for Research in the Humanities. Up to $5,000 is provided to the home institution to defray replacement costs. More information can be found at

Groundwater Research and Monitoring for Wisconsin

TBA (System Deadline); TBD (to ORSP)
The University of Wisconsin System  and Wisconsin Departments of Natural Resources (DNR); Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP); and, Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) offer support for scientific research that will answer key scientific questions and advance  understanding of groundwater in Wisconsin. Approximately $200,000 to $500,000 will be available for projects. More information can be found at








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