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WiSys helps great ideas—born on University of Wisconsin System campuses—reach the wider world by connecting inventors and businesses with the resources they need.


WiSys Technology Foundation is a non-profit supporting organization of the UW-System, serving as the dedicated technology transfer office for the 11 Comprehensive Campuses. The following grant application processes can be completed using the Submittable platform:


Ignite Grant Program - Prototype Development 

UW System Administration, in collaboration with WiSys offers funding for prototype development. Funding is offered as short term awards (e.g. 6-12 months) to support research and development intended to advance the commercial potential of technologies.


WiSys Spark Grant Program

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 per project to faculty, academic staff, or students towards implementation and completion of short-term projects.


 WiSys Ambassador Grant Program

The WiSys Ambassador Grant Program has been designed to help students employed as WiSys Ambassadors advance their knowledge and skills as young researchers. The Fund provides awards up $4,500/project to students towards implementation and completion of short- term projects or to advance long-term projects the students have been undertaking with the guidance of a faculty mentor. 


For questions regarding WiSys grant programs or application materials, please contact grants@wisys.org. 


For technical assistance in creating an account or completing an application, please contact Submittable at support@submittable.com. 


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BACKGROUND

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. 

WiSys Spark Grants are intended to support research projects where preliminary findings exist, and is designed to demonstrate the commercial potential of a new concept, technology or invention and to highlight the need for and type of additional development support that would be required to take the technology closer to the market place. Preference will be given to projects where applicants have demonstrated some progress beyond the initial discovery, idea or concept.  

General Program Details:

  1. Eligible projects will be funded for $500 - $10,000*/project proposal; Limit of one award/investigator/call. *Funding levels available vary campus to campus.
  2. Funds can be used for supplies and expenses as well as salary for undergraduate student workers (excluding fringe benefits); salary for faculty will be considered at the discretion of the campus but should not represent more than 50% of the requested budget. Salary for student workers is not allowed for student projects.   Funding for travel to scientific conferences and publication costs is not allowed.
  3. Applicants must follow each campus’ internal grant submission and approval process prior to submission.  Project Proposals should not exceed 3 pages in length.
  4. To be eligible for a WiSys Spark Grant, applicants must submit a new invention disclosure describing their technology and agree to assign their intellectual property rights to WiSys if funded. 
  5. Proposals will be scored based upon intellectual property (IP) potential (based on an initial IP assessment of the proposed invention described in the corresponding Invention Disclosure), development timeline, unmet need/target market, suitability of the PI/team, evidence of project feasibility and/or preliminary data and value for money. 

A final report must be submitted not later than 6 weeks after the completion date of the project. A WiSys team member will be in touch regarding reporting requirements.  If a final report is not submitted, this may prevent the applicant’s eligibility for other funding programs offered by WiSys and/or their home campus.

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The following files will need to be downloaded, completed and uploaded to your application form:

1.   Cover Page

2.  Project Narrative Form

3.  Budget Page

4.  Invention Disclosure Report

For questions, please contact grants@wisys.org

 BACKGROUND

The WiSys Ambassador Program enhances the vital connection between WiSys and the UW regional campus. Engaging excellent students to serve as WiSys Ambassadors brings a new dimension to WiSys' outreach mission and augments WiSys’ visibility and presence among researchers and students on each of the campuses we serve. This in turn builds the culture of research and innovation on campus and provides a vital link to WiSys programs and resources. 

The WiSys Ambassador Grant Program (“Ambassador Grant”) aims to connect WiSys with the research community more directly by supporting summer research programs that engage WiSys Ambassadors. 

The Ambassador Grant is designed to help WiSys Ambassadors advance their knowledge and skills as young researchers. The Ambassador Grant provides awards up $4,500/project to hire a WiSys Ambassador for a summer research program. Funds awarded may be used for implementation and completion of short- term projects or to advance long-term projects the Ambassador(s) have been undertaking with the guidance of a faculty mentor.

A named award has been developed for the 2020 program, PPG has partnered with WiSys to support one Ambassador working on a project in the field of Chemistry or Materials Science. This student will be recognized as the “PPG WiSys Student Ambassador”. The application process for this award remains the same and the recipient will be selected by WiSys alongside other recipients that are selected for funding within the overall grant program.


General Program Details:
  

1. Eligible projects will be funded by WiSys up to $4500/project proposal; limit of one award/ambassador/call.

2. Applicants must obtain approval from their faculty mentor to apply to this program.

3. Funds can be used as salary for the WiSys Ambassador researcher and for supplies and expenses; up to $4,000 is allowed for student salary* and up to $500 is allowed for supplies and expenses. Salary for faculty will not be considered in this program. *Fringe Benefits are provided for UW System students listed in the application form. If awarded, Fringe Benefits will be covered by the GPR Fringe Benefit Pool and will be automatically transferred by UW System directly. Therefore, funds for Fringe Benefits should NOT be included in the salary requested nor should they be included within the $4,500 budget.

4. Indirect funds are not allowed in this program. Funds must be used by the end of the 2020 fall semester. 

5. Applicants must follow each campus’ internal grant submission and approval process and use the WiSys Ambassador Grant application form provided below for their project proposal. Project Proposals should not exceed 2 pages in length. Applicants should use the Proposal Narrative template provided below.

6. Applicants must have been employed for at least one semester as a WiSys Ambassador and remain in good standing to be eligible for this program.

7. Proposals will be scored based upon clarity of project milestones, development timeline, unmet need/target market, and evidence of project feasibility and/or preliminary data.

A final report must be submitted not later than 6 weeks after the completion date of the project. A WiSys team member will be in touch with successful applicants regarding reporting requirements.
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The following files will need to be downloaded, completed and uploaded to your application form:
1.  Project Narrative Form

Contact Tony Hanson at regionalassociate@wisys.org to learn more about this program. 

BACKGROUND

WiSys Launch Grants are intended to support the further development of technologies in WiSys' portfolio.  Projects requesting support should be focused on advancing the technology readiness of the technology/innovation and should be able to be carried out in under six months.  

Prior to submitting a Launch Grant application, applicants are encouraged to first speak with their WiSys Regional Associate to learn more.

Funds can only be used for the IP generating tasks identified in the applicant's proposal and cannot be used for travel, conference or unrelated expenses without prior written approval by WiSys. WiSys will work with the applicant to review the intellectual property (IP) status as additional data is generated for incorporation into existing IP filings and/or new filings as needed. All Project Intellectual Property (Project IP) generated over the course of WiSys Launch Grant funding, shall be disclosed to and assigned to WiSys. “Project Intellectual Property” means all Copyrightable Material, Inventions, trade secrets, data, computer software (including mobile, desktop and online apps), materials, know-how and any other type of intellectual property conceived, reduced to practice, created or made in the performance of the Project. “Copyrightable Material” means any material or other property that is or may be copyrightable or otherwise protectable under Title 17 of the United States Code. “Invention” means any discovery that is or may be patentable or otherwise protectable under Title 35 of the United States Code. Project IP generated shall be disclosed to WiSys under an Invention Disclosure Form.

 A final report must be submitted not later than 6 weeks after the completion date of the project. A WiSys team member will be in touch regarding reporting requirements.  If a final report is not submitted, this may prevent the applicant’s eligibility for other funding programs offered by WiSys and/or their home campus.
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The following files will need to be downloaded, completed and uploaded to your application form:
1.   Cover Page
2.  Project Narrative Form
3.  Budget Page

For questions, please contact grants@wisys.org

The WiSys Quick Pitch is a student “pitch” competition that inspires UW System students from all academic disciplines to communicate their research along with its broader impact in layman's terms in three minutes or less.

Students from across the UW System are able to compete at a local level at campus competitions held during the Fall and Spring semesters.  

The WiSys Quick Pitch has gone virtual allowing students to compete who were not able to take part in Spring competitions due to cancellations related to COVID-19. 

Video pitches can be submitted using the form below.

By submitting your video, you give WiSys permission to use the video for press releases, social media and future promotion of the Quick Pitch program.


Contact your WiSys Regional Associate at regionalassociate@wisys.org  to learn more about this program.

Congratulations on being selected to compete in the 2020 Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament (WBIT).

Due to COVID-19, the WBIT has gone virtual and we are pleased to have you take part in WBIT @ Home.  

For your submission, you will need to:

  • Create a 7-minute video presentation describing the customer discovery and validation you have been through with your idea and business model. Please refer to the presentation guidelines and judging criteria when preparing your presentation. You may use PowerPoint, Keynote or any other presentation software. The presentation needs to be narrated and saved as a video file. 
  • Upload your video using the form below.

Certifications and Agreements:

  • By submitting your video pitch you give WiSys permission to use the video for press releases, social media and future promotion of WBIT.
  • By submitting this video, you and/or your team understand and agree to the items outlined in the Certification and Agreements Form.


For questions about this form or WBIT @ Home, please contact Jennifer Souter at jennifer@wisys.org

Congratulations again on being selected as a finalist for the 2020 APPStart Challenge.  

 Certifications and Agreements:

  • By submitting your video presentation you give WiSys permission to use the video for press releases, social media and future promotion of the APPStart Challenge.

 
 For questions about this form or the APPStart Challenge, please contact Tony Hanson at thanson@wisys.org

Ignite Grant Program - Prototype Development

In addition to Ignite funding for applied research, UW System Administration, in collaboration with WiSys offers funding for prototype development. Ignite funding for prototype development is offered as short term awards (e.g. 6-12 months) to support research and development intended to advance the commercial potential of technologies.

Ignite funding for prototype development is not available for UW-Madison or UW-Milwaukee researchers. 

You can find a complete list of instructions HERE.


Ignite Grant Program - Full Proposal Materials for Prototype Development Funding

Below you will find all of the materials needed to apply for Ignite - Prototype Development. Applications may be submitted at any time.

Request for Proposals

Project Narrative

Cover Page

Budget Form


For questions, please contact grants@wisys.org.  

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