Call for proposals: Develop cultivars or other plant germplasm

Proposals Due August 2, 2013 at 4:30pm

Download the full call for proposals from the CALS Research Division website:

Approximately $100,000 will be available in 2013 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.


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.


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.

Due to increased competition and limited funding for this program, investigators may not be Principal Investigator/Co-Investigator on more than one proposal.


September 1, 2013, through December 31, 2014
A Progress Report will be due August 31, 2014 and a Final Report will be due February 28, 2015. Submission of reports is required to receive future funding from this program.


A standard format is provided in the full call for proposals in order 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.


All proposals must be submitted via WISPER. Proposals must be received by August 2, 2013 at 4:30pm. Time extension requests will not be granted. Proposals received after 4:30pm on August 2 will not be accepted.

Download the full call for proposals from the CALS Research Division website:


If you have any questions, please contact:

Tony Klink, WCIA —, 262-1341


Casey Hillmer, CALS Research Division —, 262-2397