The Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Agriculture is requesting proposals for unique project opportunities to develop new programming and resources around themes critical to the sustainability and future of Wisconsin agriculture. The overarching goal of this competitive grants program is to encourage multi-disciplinary research, teaching and outreach innovation that will stimulate new programs and leverage additional resources in the area of food and agricultural systems, while respecting the diversity of Wisconsin agriculture as one of our greatest strengths.
Theme-based projects will build and engage stakeholder networks around the selected theme, build a resource base to address needs and opportunities, align teams of expertise and interests from among existing departments, centers, programs, institutes and external entities, and develop a research and outreach plan. Theme-based projects will also tie stakeholder networks and place-based learning opportunities into undergraduate and graduate education through innovative internships and graduate training – effectively taking the classroom to the state as a reflection of the Wisconsin Idea. Tasks associated with funded projects may be similar to what is expected from competitive planning grant programs, such as the initiation of new conversations and program directions that currently lack cohesive leadership or would benefit from strategic planning and preliminary “seed” research.
Please see the call for proposals listed under “Funding Opportunities” on the WISA web page: www.wisa.cals.wisc.edu.