2016 Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment preproposals due by noon, December 1, 2015

The Office of the Provost is soliciting proposals from faculty, staff,  and students for the 2016 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, 2016 and last up to three years. For the second year, the committee will again consider funding approximately ten mini-grants of $4,000 or less, in addition to larger awards of up to $120,000. The amount granted each year is determined by the annual income from the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment. This year we anticipate we will make awards totaling approximately $700,000.

Please see for pre-proposal guidelines and information, including a list of previously funded projects. Pre-proposals (signed by the department chair) are due in your Dean’s office by noon, Tuesday, December 1, 2015. One signed copy of the pre-proposal cover sheet and pre-proposal is due in the Office of the Provost by noon on Friday, December 11, 2015. A digital copy of the pre-proposal packet may be sent via email once signed by the appropriate individuals to We will announce which pre-proposals have been selected for advancement to the final stage during the week of February 1, 2016. The committee has set April 8, 2016 as the target date to announce awards. The timeline for the Baldwin competition was moved up in order to provide more time for awardees to hire staff and plan work prior to the July 1, 2016 start date.

Questions should be directed to Eden Inoway-Ronnie in the Office of the Provost at or 265-5975.