Apply for campus sustainability innovation awards

The Sustainability Innovation in Research and Education awards support the Office of Sustainability’s mission of promoting sustainability research and education on campus. The Research Initiation initiative (SIRE-RI) is a seed awards program intended to nurture research ideas that can be developed subsequently into larger extramurally funded initiatives.

The 2015 SIRE-RI award program supports the 2015 OS theme Forward to Zero Waste, focusing on upstream, midstream, and downstream approaches to reducing waste of materials, economic resources, and human resources in all aspects of the UW-Madison campus. Proposals addressing zero waste approaches are required for this FY15 solicitation. Proposals are welcome from all disciplines and interdisciplinary proposals will be given priority.

Proposals on zero waste are not limited to material waste. Waste of economic and human resources are of equal interest, particularly those that intersect with human health and the environment. Proposals that engage campus operations in the following areas will be given priority:

  • Minimization of campus disposal volume and costs, and maximization of reuse
  • Identification of options that provide maximum return for recycled waste streams
  • Purchasing practices
  • End of life alternative use

Awardees will be required to attend a summer workshop to share findings from their projects and explore opportunities to collaborate.

Proposals are due by 4pm on December 15.

A networking workshop for potential SIRE Award proposers and campus operations experts will be held from 1–3 p.m. on Monday, 3 Nov in Memorial Union. Attendance is not required to submit a proposal. Proposers wishing to attend the workshop should RSVP here by Wednesday 29 October.

For more information contact Sabrina Bradshaw at or at 608-279-0279.