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$100,000 available for cultivar, germplasm development (proposals due Sept. 7)

Approximately $100,000 per year will be available for development of cultivars or other germplasm that are or will be assigned to WARF, under a new agreement between CALS, the UW-Madison Graduate School, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation and the Wisconsin Crop Improvement Association. The deadline for proposals is Sept. 7.

WCIA is a non-profit organization started by faculty, based on the UW campus, and housed in Moore Hall. Historically, WCIA has been involved in seed certification and in helping faculty develop, release, and evaluate cultivars. A committee with representation from WARF, WCIA, CALS, and CALS Departments of Agronomy, Horticulture, and Plant Pathology will evaluate the proposals for germplasm to be developed, the development tasks, and the amount of payment. Development tasks may be carried out by WCIA as appropriate.

Cultivars and other plant germplasm developed with the use of these funds must be unencumbered by intellectual property rights for agreements with entities other than WARF and WCIA. Exceptions may be made after negotiations by WARF. The review committee will consider the prospects for the proposal to yield a commercial product in the near future, alternate sources of funding for the development work, potential marketability for the product and expected revenue return, previous successes and progress from prior funding from this source and the scope of the project relative to the scientists’ overall germplasm program.

For more information, download the call for proposals.