Pre-proposals for the Wisconsin Idea Endowment due in Dean’s office Feb. 1

The Office of the Provost is soliciting proposals from faculty, staff and students for the spring 2012 Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment competition. This endowment helps foster the Wisconsin Idea, the philosophy that the knowledge, ideas and solutions generated at the University benefit the people of Wisconsin, our nation and the world.

Proposals are encouraged for new outreach and public engagement activities that partner with community and off-campus organizations to extend and apply our research, education and clinical knowledge to help solve problems or take advantage of opportunities. Projects may begin on or after July 1, 2012 and last up to three years. Proposals for initiatives up to $120,000 are encouraged. This year the endowment competition will grant approximately $650,000.

The 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 off at the departmental and dean’s/director’s levels before submission to the Office of the Provost. Pre-proposals are due in the Dean’s office by noon, Wed., Feb. 1. Signed copies of the pre-proposals are due in the Provost’s Office by noon, Wed., Feb. 8. We will announce pre-proposals finalists by Wed., March 15.

Go here for pre-proposal guidelines, cover page, budget submission form, directions and a list of previously funded programs. Questions should be directed to Peyton Smith, the Office of the Provost,