Pre-proposals for Wisconsin Idea Endowment due in Dean’s office by Sept. 24

The Provost’s Office is soliciting proposals from faculty, staff and students for the annual Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment competition. 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.

This year we will grant up to $750,000 for projects that begin on or after January 16, 2009. 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 pre-proposal; and 2) individuals whose pre-proposals are accepted will be invited to submit a full proposal. Pre- and full proposals must be signed by the department chair/unit director and a dean’s/director’s representative before submission to the Office of the Provost.

Pre-proposals are due in your Dean’s office by the end of the day, Wednesday, September 24, 2008. Signed copies of the pre-proposals are due in the Provost’s Office by Wednesday, October 1. We will announce pre-proposals finalists by Wednesday, October 29.

For complete endowment details, including pre-proposal guidelines, cover page, budget submission form, directions and a list of previously funded programs, see Questions should be directed to Peyton Smith, the endowment chair and assistant vice chancellor, 262-8214, or