Three CALS faculty awarded inter-institutional research grants

Twelve hybrid teams of faculty from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison have been awarded the second batch of Intercampus Research Incentive grants, awards designed to foster inter-institutional collaboration. Three of the 12 teams are co-led by CALS faculty.

The awards, announced today by UW-Milwaukee and UW-Madison, total $600,000 and will support projects such as testing new materials for improved lithium-ion batteries and investigating whether Lake Michigan is a sink or source for carbon dioxide. Each award, chosen from a pool of 60 proposed research programs, is in the range of $50,000 for one year.

The Intercampus Research Incentive Grants Program is an initiative to foster research projects and scholarship undertaken jointly by researchers at the two institutions. The program is funded by UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee donors. Projects were selected by a committee of faculty and administrators from both institutions.

“Our researchers have outdone themselves,” says Martin Cadwallader, dean of the UW-Madison Graduate School. “We were so impressed by the quality and creativity of the collaborative proposals that we doubled the number we originally intended to fund.”

“Combining the research talents at both institutions can only help accelerate the rate of discovery,” says Johannes Britz, UWM interim provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs. “This new round of grants makes possible united inquiry into questions that will ultimately affect the quality of life for all people in our state. It makes sense to put our best minds together.”

The following projects co-led by CALS faculty received funding:

  • Nanoparticle-Daphnia Interactions: Identifying Biomarkers — Robert Hamers (Madison, chemistry), Joel Pedersen (Madison, soil science) and Rebecca Klaper (Milwaukee, freshwater sciences)
  • R&D Electrochemical Microfluidics — J. Rudi Strickler, (Milwaukee, Freshwater Sciences) and Sundaram Ggunasekaran (Madison, biological systems engineering)
  • Zebrafish Neurotoxicity Model for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome — Susan Smith (Madison, nutritional sciences) and Michael Carvan (Milwaukee, freshwater sciences)

For a full list of funded projects, read the UW-Madison news release about the grants.