Internal Grant Programs

UWM supports faculty in their roles as scholars and researchers, teachers, and service providers. Internal grant programs provide funding for travel to present research and attend conferences, develop research initiatives, foster international collaboration, and develop public service projects. The Office of Research administers internal grant programs, and all applications are peer-reviewed by committees comprised of faculty members.

Towards an Antiracist Campus: Action Grants

The Division of Global Inclusion and Engagement and the Office of Research invite applications for small pilot projects to address issues of racial equity and inclusion at UWM.

Program Description

As with many complex, deeply rooted issues in contemporary society, systemic racism persists and higher education is one area where racial inequities are most visible. To work towards creating an equitable and just society for all requires innovative ideas and actions. This program supports ideas, activities, and programs that directly strive to dismantle racism at UWM. The program is not intended for traditional research and publication projects. Examples of activities to be funded may include, but are not limited to:

  • Seeding new campus action based on research.
  • Curricular innovation.
  • Opportunities for intellectual campus community discourse.
  • Improving campus climate—present and future.

Award Information

Awards are for a maximum of $10,000 for one year. Up to 10 awards are anticipated.

Program Eligibility

Lead applicants must be UWM faculty or staff with an ongoing appointment. Applications will be accepted from both collaborative teams and individuals.

Application Instructions

Please see the Call for Applications for preparation and submission instructions.

Proposal Deadline

Proposals are due by 5:00 pm on Monday, September 14, 2020. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Deliverables

The following deliverables will be due at the end of the funding period:

  • Report on what was accomplished, including actions and impact of this work.
  • Summary appropriate for external audiences (e.g., poster, website).
  • Presentation of findings at a symposium hosted by the Division of Inclusion and Engagement in fall 2021.

Program Contacts

  • Questions regarding program and proposal development should be directed to Michelle Schoenecker at schoene7@uwm.edu.
  • Questions regarding proposal submission should be directed to Kathleen Koch at kjk@uwm.edu.

Team Initiation Program (TIP) Awards

The Office of Research requests applications (PDF) to support the formation and development of interdisciplinary research teams. The program provides an introduction to collaborative research and seed funding for small pilot projects and is open to all disciplines.

Award Information:

Three to five awards are anticipated, with budgets between $15,000 and $25,000. Funds will not be released until teams have completed a mandatory half-day workshop and additional collaboration readiness activities, to be determined in consultation with the Research Development staff. Once these tasks are complete, teams will have 18 months to spend the award. Teams not selected for funding are encouraged to participate in the training program in anticipation of the next round of awards.

Team Composition:

Each team must include at least three faculty and/or scientists from UWM that represent at least two disciplines. Up to four additional members, including external members, are allowed.

Budget

Budgets may be used toward project expenses and strengthening the collaboration.

Application Instructions and Review Criteria

Please see the Team Initiation Program guidelines (PDF) for application preparation instructions and review criteria.

Proposal Submission

Submit the proposal as a single Word file to Kathleen Koch at kjk@uwm.edu by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 27, 2020. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Working with Research Development Staff

Funded teams will be scheduled for an individualized four-hour workshop to begin writing a collaboration plan. All team members must attend. During the funding period, teams will also meet with Research Development at least once a semester to review progress, discuss challenges, and receive feedback.

Deliverables

The following deliverables will be due at the end of the funding period:

  • Vision statement and long-term goals for the collaboration.
  • List of potential grant opportunities and (if appropriate) grant applications made.
  • Summary of work on the research problem completed during the funding period.

In addition, each team is required to attend a program debriefing with the Office of Research staff.

Program contact

Kathleen Koch (kjk@uwm.edu, 251-8462)

Research Travel Awards: SUSPENDED FOR FY21

Description

Provides travel support funding to UWM faculty, and instructional and research academic staff.

Eligibility:

  1. Applicants must be employed at UWM at least half-time and have an expectation of employment at UWM for at least one year after the travel dates.
  2. Applicants are eligible for a maximum of one award every two years.
  3. Deans are not eligible.
  4. Post-docs are not eligible.
  5. Graduate students are not eligible; however, Graduate Student Travel Awards are available through the Graduate School for students presenting, performing, or exhibiting original work.

Purpose of Travel:

Applications are accepted for one of the following:

  1. Conducting research.
  2. Presenting research results.
  3. Creative activity (performance, exhibition).

Requests for support solely for conference/meeting attendance will not be considered.

Award

The maximum award is $500. Awards may be combined with funding from other institutional sources.

Deadlines

Applications are considered on a continual basis, and will be reviewed every two months. Application submission well in advance of your travel dates is strongly encouraged.

Application

As part of the application you will be asked to describe in detail one of the following purposes for travel:

  • Conducting research: Describe what you intend to accomplish during your travel, how this relates to your research agenda, and the anticipated outcomes (monograph, articles, grants, etc.).
  • Presenting results of research: Explain the importance of your participation in the particular event for which you are requesting funding. Documentation of being invited/accepted to present your research (e.g. URL for the conference program, copy of email from conference organizers) is required at the time of application submission.
  • Creative activity (performance, exhibition): Explain the importance of your participation in the particular event for which you are requesting funding. Documentation of being invited/accepted as an exhibitor or performer (e.g. website showing your involvement in the event, or copy of email from event organizers) is required at the time of application submission.

We suggest that you assemble this information in advance and then copy/paste into the appropriate places in the application, and that you complete and submit your application in the same browser session. If you do not, you may lose any progress in your application entry. You are able to upload supporting documents.

Outcome Report

All award recipients must submit a short report (1-2 pages) on the outcomes of the funding.

Travel Policies

Awardees must comply with the UWM and UW System travel guidelines and any other Department/School/College instructions (see your Unit Business Representative).

Questions?

Contact Kathleen Koch at kjk@uwm.edu or 251-8462.

Discovery and Innovation Grant (DIG)

Program Description

Seed funding program that supports high-quality, innovative research by investing in projects selected through an independent and objective process.

Eligible Projects:

  • Early-stage research projects in need of seed funding for data collection, archival work, and establishing proof-of concept.
  • Have a 12- to 18-month timeline.
  • Will lead to the submission of competitive proposals for externally funded—and thereby self-sustaining—individual and collaborative research through grants, fellowships, or university/industry partnerships.

Award Maximum

  • $125,000 for a single PI project (includes fringe benefit costs)
  • $150,000 for a multiple-investigator project (PI and Co-PIs; includes fringe benefit costs)

Eligible Project Expenses

  • Salary/Course Release: One course release per UWM PI or Co-PI per award (faculty only) OR summer salary supplement (limited to $8,000) per UWM PI or Co-PI per award (faculty only).
  • UWM Personnel: Post-docs, research assistants, and hourly students.
  • Non-UWM Personnel: Payments to non-UWM personnel or agencies on a fee-for-service basis.
  • Capital Expenditures: Defined for this program as renovations, software, or equipment with a cost of $5,000 or more per unit/system that has a lifetime beyond the project. Cost-sharing of at least 50% is required.
  • Other Expenses such as materials and supplies, travel, user fees, purchase of services.

Eligible Applicants

  • Must have UWM faculty or academic staff appointments, Principal Investigator (PI) status, and the expectation of a continuing appointment. Lead PIs may submit only one proposal per application cycle, although they can be Co-PIs on other proposals.
  • Are not the PI or co-PI on an UWM Research Growth Initiative (RGI) award that began July 2019 or 2018.
  • Are not the PI or co-PI on a UWM Discovery and Innovation Grant (DIG) award that began July 2020.
  • Do not have a current UWM Research and Creative Activities Support (RACAS) or Advancing Research and Creativity (ARC) award.
  • Are not applying for an ARC award in this cycle. (In the same application cycle, you may be a PI for a DIG or ARC proposal, not both.)
  • Agree to contribute at least 10% time to the project. Co-PIs who receive summer support or a course release must also contribute at least 10% time to the project.

Complete program information is listed in the DIG Request for Proposals (PDF).

Online Application

You can apply for the Discovery and Innovation Grant using the DIG Online Application.

Review Process

The DIG program employs a three-stage review and selection process:

Stage 1: Administrative Review

Applications will be screened for completion and compliance with formatting requirements. Late, incomplete and/or non-compliant applications will not be accepted.

Stage 2: Scientific/Scholarly Review

All applications are externally reviewed for scientific/scholarly merit according to the following criteria:

  • Significance/Impact: Potential impact of results on the field or society.
  • Research Plan: Approach, design, methodology, timeline, resources, and assessment are effective and feasible to accomplish the aims.
  • Innovation: Novelty or creativity of the research.
  • Outcomes and Dissemination: Anticipated project results and how they will be communicated.
  • Quality of Writing: Proposal is clearly and carefully written.
  • Potential for External Funding: Potential of proposal to be competitive for extramural funding.
  • Value of Collaboration (Multi-investigator projects only): Multiple investigators facilitate accomplishment of aims and strengthen the project.
Stage 3: Award Selection

Funding decisions are made by Office of Research leadership based on final ratings and reviewer comments, past performance on previous awards, submission of final reports for previous internal awards, and representation of disciplines across the award portfolio.

DIG Funding Cycle

  • Submission deadline: Mid-October (see yearly RFP for exact date)
  • Final review: January-February
  • Award announcement: By mid-April
  • Funds available: July

Questions?

Program Officer Technical Assistance
Kathleen Koch Shane Dunlap
(414) 251-8462 (414) 229-3160
kjk@uwm.edu jsdunlap@uwm.edu

Advancing Research and Creativity (ARC) Grant

Program Description

Internal research funding for projects in all disciplines and at any stage of development. Funded work must be completed within a 12- to 18-month timeline. Awards are expected to result in scholarly, scientific, and artistic outcomes. The review process uses internal and external reviewers.

Award Maximum

  • $12,500 for a single PI project (includes fringe benefit costs)
  • $15,000 for a multiple-investigator project (PI and Co-PIs; includes fringe benefit costs)

Eligible Project Expenses

  • Salary/Course Release: One course release per UWM PI or Co-PI per award (faculty only) OR summer salary supplement (limited to $8,000) per UWM PI or Co-PI per award (faculty only).
  • UWM Personnel: Hourly students; partial funding for UWM staff.
  • Non-UWM Personnel: Payments to non-UWM personnel or agencies on a fee-for-service basis. Consultants are limited to 50% of the budget.
  • Other Expenses such as materials and supplies, travel, user fees, purchase of services.

Eligible Applicants

  • Must have UWM faculty or academic staff appointments, Principal Investigator (PI) status, and the expectation of a continuing appointment. Lead PIs may submit only one proposal per application cycle, although they can be Co-PIs on other proposals.
  • Are not the PI on a UWM Research and Creative Activities Support (RACAS) award that began July 2019 or 2018.
  • Are not the PI on a UWM Advancing Research and Creativity (ARC) award that began July 2020.
  • Are not a PI or co-PI on an active/open UWM Research Growth Initiative (RGI) or Discovery and Innovation Grant (DIG) award.
  • Are not applying for a DIG award in this cycle. (In the same application cycle, you may be a PI for a DIG or ARC proposal, not both.)
  • Agree to contribute at least 10% time to the project. Co-PIs who receive summer support or a course release must also contribute at least 10% time to the project.

Types of Projects Not Funded by the Program

  • Curriculum development projects, including textbook development
  • Service projects
  • Product development or commercialization

Complete program information is listed in the ARC Request for Proposals (PDF)

Review Process

The ARC program employs a three-stage review and selection process:

Stage 1: Administrative Review

Applications will be screened for completion and compliance with formatting requirements. Late, incomplete and/or non-compliant applications will not be accepted.

Stage 2: Scientific/Scholarly Review

All applications are externally reviewed for scientific/scholarly merit according to the following criteria:

  • Significance/Impact: Potential impact of results on the field or society.
  • Research Plan: Approach, design, methodology, timeline, resources, and assessment are effective and feasible to accomplish the aims.
  • Outcomes and Dissemination: Anticipated project results and how they will be communicated.
  • Quality of Writing: Proposal is clearly and carefully written.
  • Value of Collaboration (Multi-investigator projects only): Multiple investigators facilitate accomplishment of aims and strengthen the project.

Stage 3: Award Selection

Funding decisions are made by Office of Research leadership based on final ratings and reviewer comments, past performance on previous awards, submission of final reports for previous internal awards, and representation of disciplines across the award portfolio.

ARC Funding Cycle

  • Submission deadline: Mid-October (see yearly RFP for exact date)
  • Final review: February-March
  • Award announcement: By late April
  • Funds available: July

Questions?

Program Officer Technical Assistance
Kathleen Koch Shane Dunlap
(414) 251-8462 (414) 229-3160
kjk@uwm.edu jsdunlap@uwm.edu

Support for Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF)

The Support for Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) program is designed to foster faculty-student research collaborations. Faculty and academic staff can apply for the awards to provide an hourly wage for undergraduate students working as research assistants. Students will be paid as hourly employees.

 

Research Recognition Awards


The following awards recognize and encourage UWM faculty early in their careers whose research, scholarly, or creative activity have shown potential to achieve distinction in their academic disciplines or honor veteran researchers who have a long history of significant contributions to their fields of research.

Office of Research/UWM Foundation Research Awards

First awarded in 1979, the annual Office of Research /UWM Foundation Research Awards recognize and encourage UWM assistant and associate professors who have shown the potential to achieve distinction in their academic disciplines through scholarship, creative activity, and the dissemination of knowledge.

Departments/programs are encouraged to nominate a faculty member for an award. In addition to providing a means of honoring outstanding researchers, these awards recognize our collective commitment to academic research and to the importance of UWM‘s research mission.

Eligibility

These awards are not intended to recognize established faculty members who already have achieved distinction in their disciplines. Restrictions include:

  1. Previous research awardees are ineligible.
  2. Individuals holding the title of Distinguished or Wisconsin Distinguished Professor are ineligible.
  3. One individual may be nominated from a single department or program.

Nomination

The nomination materials should include a letter of nomination from a dean, department chair, or multidisciplinary program director; two letters of support; and an up-to-date vitae. You may secure letters of support from UWM faculty members or from colleagues outside UWM. If you wish to submit or quote from confidential letters written for another purpose, you must first secure the permission of the author(s).

Submission information is posted each year during the nomination period.

Selection

The Committee of UWM Distinguished Professors reviews the nominations and makes recommendations to the interim vice provost for research for the final selections. The individuals selected as recipients receive a $1,500 cash award and will be honored at the fall UWM Awards Ceremony.

UWM Research Foundation Senior Faculty Awards

The UWM Research Foundation, in collaboration with the Office of Research, has established the UWM Research Foundation Senior Faculty Awards, designed to recognize researchers who have a long history of significant contributions to their field of research. Unlike the Office of Research/UWM Foundation Research Awards which recognize assistant and associate professors, all research faculty members, except UWM Distinguished Professors, are eligible for these awards.

The Committee of UWM Distinguished Professors reviews the nominations and makes recommendations to the Associate Provost for Research for the final selections. The individuals selected as recipients will receive a $1,500 cash award and will be honored at the fall UWM Awards Ceremony.

We encourage you to consider nominating a member of your department/program for an award. In addition to providing a means of honoring outstanding researchers, these awards recognize our collective commitment to academic research and to the importance of UWM‘s research mission.

Nomination Procedures

A call for nominations is sent to campus each Spring from the Office of the Associate Provost for Research. The nomination materials should include a letter of nomination, two letters of support, and an updated vitae. You may secure letters of support from UWM faculty members or from colleagues outside UWM. Submission of or quotation from confidential letters written for another purpose require permission of the author(s).

Research in the Humanities Award (Biennial)

Description: Former Associate Dean for Research Robert A. Jones and his spouse, Mary B. Jones, established the Research in the Humanities Award at the UWM Foundation for the purpose of recognizing outstanding scholarship and research in the Humanities.

The award recipient will have demonstrated a comprehensive grasp of the subject(s) of inquiry and research and will have made a substantive contribution to humanistic thought through a monograph or other scholarly publication during the two years prior to the award year.

In each odd-numbered year, the Office of Research solicits award nominations of faculty members in the Humanities (see below for eligible departments). The faculty member selected for the award is honored at the Fall Awards Ceremony and receive a $1,500 prize.

Eligibility and Selection

  • Faculty members in the Departments of Africology; Art History; Communication; English; Foreign Languages and Literature; French, Italian, and Comparative Literature; History; Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies; Linguistics; Philosophy; Spanish and Portuguese.
  • Author of monograph published during the two years prior to the award year.

The Vice Provost for Research, the Associate Dean of Humanities in L&S, and the Chair of the Division of Arts and Humanities Executive Committee will comprise the Selection Committee.

Nomination Procedure

Calls for nomination are generally issued in February of each award year, with a March deadline. For more information, send email to anagamez@uwm.edu or call (414) 229-5218.

Outstanding Creative Research Achievement Award (Biennial)

The Outstanding Creative Research Achievement Award recognizes a UWM faculty member for achieving significant artistic or creative contribution to their field or discipline within the past three years. The recipient will receive $1,500 and be honored at the Fall Awards ceremony. The award is offered biennially in rotation with the award that recognizes scholarly monographs in the humanities.

Eligibility

Any tenured or tenure-track faculty member of the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee is eligible to be nominated for this award. Evidence of artistic or creative accomplishment (significant advancement of knowledge, technique, or creative expression) must be in a form that is appropriate to the nominee’s professional field/discipline.

Selection

Emphasis will be placed on the quality, significance, and impact of the artistic or creative research activity within the given discipline rather than the number of activities, or quantity produced. A panel composed of the Vice Provost for Research; Associate Deans in the Peck School of the Arts, the College of Letters & Science (AD for Humanities), the School of Architecture & Urban Planning; and the chair of the Arts and Humanities divisional committee will make the final selection.

Nominations

Nominations will be open again in January 2020. Details available then.