Pre-proposals for the 2017 Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment due Dec. 5

The following is a message to UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students from Sarah C. Mangelsdorf, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs:

The Office of the Provost is soliciting proposals from faculty, staff, and students for the 2017 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, 2017 and last up to three years. For the third 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 detailed pre-proposal guidelines and instructions for budget preparation.  Also available on the website are lists of previously funded projects. Pre-proposals (signed by the department chair) are due in the office of your dean or director by noon, Monday, December 5, 2016. One signed copy of the pre-proposal cover sheet and pre-proposal is due in the Office of the Provost by noon on Wednesday, December 14, 2016. 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 6, 2017. The committee has set May 15, 2017 as the target date to announce awards.

Questions may be directed to Eden Inoway-Ronnie in the Office of the Provost. She can be reached via email or phone (; 265-5975).