Support for innovative outreach: Submit Wisconsin Idea grant preproposals by Sept. 26

The Provost’s Office is soliciting proposals from faculty, staff and students for the annual Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment. The endowment is intended to advance The Wisconsin Idea through the development of new and innovative initiatives and new dimensions to existing outreach activities by creating partnerships and collaborations, and sharing and applying knowledge.

The endowment is not intended to support or to duplicate existing projects, or replace activities that are part of a unit’s normal operation.

This year $600,000 will be granted for projects that begin on or after January 15, 2008. Proposals for initiatives up to $120,000 total funding are encouraged, and projects may last for up to three years.

The Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment call for proposals involves two steps:

  1. UW-Madison faculty, staff or students must first submit a preproposal
  2. Individuals whose preproposals are accepted will be invited to submit a full proposal.

Deadlines: CALS faculty and staff should submit preproposals (two double-spaced pages to Dean Jahn by the end of the day, Wednesday, September 26. Signed copies of the preproposals are due in the Provost’s Office by Wednesday, October 3.

Those encouraged to submit full proposals will be notified by Friday, October 26. For complete endowment details, including preproposal guidelines, cover page, budget submission form, directions and a list of previously funded programs, see

Further questions should be directed to the Endowment Chair: Peyton Smith, assistant vice chancellor for extended programs, 262-8214, or

FYI: To read about last year’s sucessful Wisconsin Idea grant proposals from CALS, go here.