Internal Funding Opportunities
MCW departments, centers, and committees support investigators with seed funding, pilot programs, and other awards.
Award Summary: The Center for Imaging Research Intramural Pilot Award Program is intended to stimulate research and to serve as a support mechanism for establishing the preliminary results needed to seek extramural funding. Funds are awarded on a first come, first served basis. Once all of the available funding for a fiscal year has been awarded, no additional proposals will be accepted until the next fiscal year.
Sponsor: Center for Imaging Research
Amount: One time awards of $5,000
Approximate Application Due Date: Continuous/rolling
Contact: Jodi Nicolai
Award Summary: Support for investigator-initiated research grants that support original research on digestive diseases including upper gut motility and acid related diseases, inflammatory bowel diseases, pancreaticobiliary diseases, lower gut motility and functional bowel disorders. Three opportunities available: 1) New Investigator Grant; 2) Established Investigator Bridge Funding Grant; 3) Established Investigator New Initiative Grant.
Sponsor: Digestive Disease Center
Amount: One-time awards of up to $20,000
Approximate Application Due Date: January 1
Contact: Cathy Wenzel
Award Summary: The Faculty Vitality Award is intended to promote academic vitality, career development, and clinical and/or research productivity within a flexible structure which recognizes the value of scholarly development and the need to balance professional responsibilities. All faculty with 6+ years of full time service to MCW at the rank of Assistant Professor or higher are eligible.
Sponsor: Office of the Dean
Approximate Application Due Date: Mid January
Contact: Office of Faculty Affairs
Award Summary: The Cardiovascular Center offers two funding opportunities to CVC members: 1) Michael Keelan, Jr., MD, Research Foundation Award for eligible junior/mid-career investigators without current R01-equivalent funding; 2) Steve Cullen Healthy Heart Research Program and AHW Award for all career level investigators with an emphasis on novel and innovative research.
Sponsor: Cardiovascular Center
Amount: $50,000/year for one year
Approximate Application Due Date: January 15
Contact: Allison DeVan
Award Summary: The vision of the ICRE program is to organize and leverage clinical/translational research to improve patient health and health care. The mission of an ICRE is to integrate clinical and research faculty, community stakeholders and health system representatives in highly innovative and efficient units/Ensembles to get more treatments and interventions more quickly to more patients and our community. The duration of the Pilot/ICRE Award is 12 months, including time for team development and for the conduct of research projects. The expected outcome of these research Ensembles must demonstrate a clear path leading to a clinical and translational research proposal submission to CTSI partner institutions or for extramural funding.
Sponsor: Clinical & Translational Science Institute
Amount: $35,000 for one year
Approximate Application Due Date: February 1
Contact: Renee McCoy
Award Summary: The Research Affairs Committee (RAC) New Faculty Pilot Grant provides seed funding to faculty within 4 years of their first MCW appointment for the initiation of new projects. The primary goal of the award is to help applicants obtain preliminary results that will enable them to compete successfully for extramural funding.
Sponsor: Research Affairs Committee
Amount: $35,000/year for one year
Approximate LOI Due Date: Early March & Early September
Contact: Lynne Prost
Award Summary: The Imagine More Award supports an MCW faculty member to carry out research designed to transform our ability to prevent, treat, or cure neurologic or psychiatric disease.
Sponsor: Neuroscience Research Center (funded by proceeds from the Imagine More Dinner)
Amount: $25,000/year for one year
Approximate Application Due Date: Early April
Contact: Wesley Hoffman
Award Summary: The We Care Fund for Medical Innovation and Research Committee is requesting applications for seed funding for Department of Surgery faculty. The mission of the We Care Fund is to use contributions made available by the philanthropic community to support Department of Surgery faculty who are creating innovative therapies and clinical programs that benefit patients in Wisconsin and throughout the world. Proposals should demonstrate the importance of innovation and discovery to advance science and clinical care of patients. Any level of science is eligible for funding; preference will be given to those proposals that effectively articulate a translational theme even if the bedside application may be in the future. Proposals may include innovative basic science or clinical research projects. Potential for extramural funding will be a consideration for these applications as the goal is to conduct a pilot project that can result in preliminary data for a larger grant proposal.
Sponsor: Department of Surgery
Approximate Application Due Date: April
Contact: Krissa Packard
Award Summary: Opportunity for full-time faculty within the School of Medicine to request limited needs funding to enable or augment research studies requiring additional resources to support the work. Such purchases include lab equipment, scientific instruments, software purchases and specialty reagents.
Sponsor: Office of Research with funding made possible by the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment
Amount: One time awards of up to $30,000
Approximate Application Due Date: May 1 and October 1
Contact: Naomi Love
Award Summary: Pilot and multi-year awards to address pediatric-focused research and stimulate a team approach to science.
Sponsor: Children's Research Institute
Approximate LOI Due Date: July 15
Contact: Deborah Moy
Award Summary: The Women in Science research program honors MCW female, non-binary or genderqueer faculty members in basic science, translational, clinical, educational, or community research. Two awards are given out annually and presented at the Women in Science luncheon: 1) Woman Pioneer in Research Award; 2) Rising Pioneer Award.
Sponsor: Center for the Advancement of Women in Science and Medicine + Council for Women's Advocacy
Amount: One-time awards of $10,000 (Woman Pioneer) and $5,000 (Rising Pioneer)
Approximate Nomination Due Date: August 9
Contact: Njeri Jackson
Award Summary: The Clinical & Translational Science Institute's Traditional Start-Up Award funds projects that stimulate inter-institutional and interdisciplinary translational and clinical research among the CTSI partner institutions.
Sponsor: Clinical & Translational Science Institute
Amount:$50,000/year for 1 year
Approximate Application Due Date: August 1
Contact: Renee McCoy
About Internal Funding Opportunities
Several departments, centers, and programs offer funding opportunities to support MCW investigators. Generally, these are pilot awards for new or junior faculty.
If you would like to post a cyclical opportunity on this page, please contact the Office of Research to have it added.