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Center for Immunology

Welcome to the Center for Immunology

Welcome from the Director

Michael Dwinell, PhDThe Center for Immunology was established in 2018 and built on a strong decade-long informal group known as the Committee on Immunology that spanned investigators at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), the Children’s Research Institute and the Blood Research Institute, BloodCenter of Wisconsin.

The mission of the Center for Immunology is to advance research in immunological disease mechanisms through the development of an interactive bidirectional pipeline between basic and clinical research, with the ultimate goal of developing therapeutic strategies that are applied in the clinic. The Center for Immunology combines expertise in basic and clinical immunology to accomplish three goals across MCW:

  • Integrate immunological resources around emerging needs in clinical care that will constitute the personalized healthcare of tomorrow
  • Coordinate immunological research investment capacity by coordinating Center communications and interactions

The comprehensive Center for Immunology will coordinate the resources, investments and research strengths in immunology to build additional capacity in basic and translational research to enhance patient care and strengthen MCW’s connection to the community.

To achieve these goals the Center for Immunology will empower clinicians and basic scientists to collaborate in translational research, to understand immune pathology and pathophysiology, and to develop individualized and effective treatments for our patients. Congruent with these translational goals the Center will streamline the education of tomorrow’s physicians so that they are conversant in the use of immune-based therapies and confident in initiating cutting-edge trials with new therapies.


Become a Member

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Request for Proposals

Request for Proposals

Program Summary and Eligibility

The Center for Immunology provides support for innovative early stage basic and translational research in Immunology and related science. The program provides research support (up to $30,000 maximum) to enable investigators to explore new and exciting ideas, to develop and obtain sufficient data to allow continuation of such studies by other funding mechanisms and foster the growth of multidisciplinary research teams. The overall scientific merit and likelihood of development into future funded projects are the major criteria for proposal evaluation. Interdisciplinary studies between clinical and basic scientists are particularly encouraged. The opportunity is open to MCW Center for Immunology faculty with PI eligibility to obtain preliminary data that is key to successful extramural grant applications. Awards will be made on January 1, 2019 and will run through December 31, 2019 (NCE’s will not be allowed).

Submission Information

The applications should focus on:
• Obtaining preliminary data critical to a new or resubmission R01 or equivalent application for extramural federal funding.
• Collaborative projects leading to multi-disciplinary and/or multi-PI applications.
• Supporting supply costs, small instrumentation, and/or costs for research scientists, technicians, or support personnel.

Application packages should include these ordered documents assembled into a single PDF document:

  1. A Specific Aims page [maximum 1-page] and Research Plan/Approach [maximum 2-3 pages, and Bibliography [not included in page limit] specifically describing what is planned for the Center for Immunology pilot research.
    • NIH rules regarding fonts, font size, lines per inch, margins apply.
  2. Budget page describing fund allocation.
    • Faculty/Postdoc/Predoc/Student salary and associated fringe are not permitted.
    • Travel costs are not permitted.
  3. NIH Biosketch(es) (PI(s) only) and NIH Other Support including current and pending funding.
  4. Protocol numbers and expiration dates of active IBC, IACUC and IRB approvals required for the proposed work.
  5. When requesting funds to address concerns from previous applications, include Summary Statements and Specific Aims page from the new or resubmission extramural grant application related to the Center for Immunology pilot study.
  6. All Center for Immunology proposals must be submitted through eBridge, five days prior to the submission deadline. Please include a screen capture of the eBridge submission after Grants & Contracts has approved the proposal.

Review Criteria include: Applications should include subheadings including Significance, Innovation, Approach, Impact, and potential Synergy in order to make an informed decision on the likelihood for the project to obtain extramural funding from a federal agency. Preliminary data is not required but enough information to demonstrate feasibility and support the premise should be included in the application.

Applications should be submitted electronically as a single PDF + budget page by November 30, 2018 at 5:00 pm to:

Scientific Review Committee
Center for Immunology

For additional information contact:
Caitlin Struck at (414) 955-8108 or

Download the Center for Immunology Request for Proposals Program Summary (PDF)

Center for Immunology Logo Contest

Center for Immunology Logo Contest

Due November 2, 2018

We need a logo and you can help! The Center for Immunology is accepting submissions for our Create a Logo Contest.

We are focused on research, research support, and integrating immunological resources around emerging needs in clinical care.

  • Send entries in GIF, JPG, JPEG, TIFF, PDF or PPT
  • Winners announced November 30, 2018
    • 1st Prize
    • 2nd Place

For questions or to send your submission email

Contact Us

Center for Immunology
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
3rd Floor, TBRC
Milwaukee, WI 53226

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