Call for proposals- Develop Cultivars or Other Plant Germplasm

AUGUST 5, 2011


A Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) was entered into by The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System on behalf of the Graduate School and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (“CALS”) of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (“University”), the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (“WARF”), and the Wisconsin Crop Improvement Association (“WCIA”).  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.

Approximately $100,000 per year will be available to support the development of cultivars and other plant germplasm, and for which rights are or will be assigned to WARF.  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.

CRITERIA: 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.

PROJECT PERIOD: September 1, 2011, through December 31, 2012

Format: A standard format is provided to streamline proposal preparation while also providing for the expedited review of the proposed project and its likelihood of contributing to the goals of the partnership.

Proposal Submission: A WISPER record is not required for this submission.  One original plus 8 copies of the proposal should be submitted to 208 Agricultural Hall, 1450 Linden Drive.

Application Deadline: No later than 4:30 p.m. on August 5, 2011. Time extension requests will not be granted.

***Proposals received after 4:30pm on August 5, 2011, will not be accepted

Questions: Adam Roth, WCIA —
Telephone:  (608) 262-1314     FAX:  (608) 262-0210


CALS Research Division —
Telephone:  (608) 261-1432     FAX:  (608) 265-9534