2016-2017 State Economic Engagement & Development (SEED) research program call for proposals

Period of Performance: Fiscal Year 2016-2017 (Funding will be available from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017)

Proposal Deadline: February 15, 2016


The Graduate School promotes and advances UW-Madison research benefitting Wisconsin’s economy by awarding grants through the State Economic Engagement and Development (SEED) research program. SEED grants allow UW-Madison to engage in innovative research, generate additional private- and public-sector support for their research programs, and promote technology transfer between the university and industry.  We invite proposals for fiscal year 2016-2017 that focus on research that is technically innovative, of interest to a broad economic sector, and has a high potential to benefit Wisconsin’s industrial and economic development in the near term.

The approximate $600,000 in available SEED funding will be used to fund approximately 3-5 proposals.

To qualify for SEED funding, the following criteria must be met:

  1. The research will take place on University of Wisconsin-Madison’s campus:
  2. The faculty or academic staff applicant has ownership in a Wisconsin company which spun out from their prior UW-Madison research; and
  3. The proposal includes a statement on how the research may benefit that spinoff company.

To apply, visit the SEED website:

Please note the process for uploading applications. You will be using WISPER to submit your application, and any department approvals will also be done through WISPER.

If you have any questions regarding the requirements or submission process please contact us via e-mail at

For questions related to proposal preparation please contact your research office.