Opportunities for pandemic-affected research continuation funding

This message was distributed by Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education Steve Ackerman on 8/31/20.

Dear Colleagues:

While research is being restarted gradually on campus, many of you may still be feeling impacts to your research, due to the need to move much research off campus in the spring in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To help mitigate some of those impacts, I am pleased to announce the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education’s call for Pandemic-Affected Research Continuation Initiative proposals. This initiative is available because of the impressive efforts of UW-Madison faculty and staff in filing successful patents through the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), and the generous support of WARF.

The COVID-19 pandemic has, in some cases, necessitated the expenditure of research funds although certain on-site research activities have been restricted, such as face-to-face human subjects research, research travel or facilities-based research activities. The Pandemic-Affected Research Continuation Initiative will support projects for which expenditures were compelled to continue although certain research activities were stalled, such that the project now faces a shortage of funds to complete those activities. Support for loss of critical and time-sensitive research supplies and resources due to reduction of on-site research activities will also be considered. Equipment costs are not allowable under this program.

Proposals for one-time replacement funds may be submitted by faculty and permanent principal investigators of any rank who are in such a situation, though priority will be given to probationary faculty and permanent principal investigators. Awards of up to $50,000 will be considered.

Applications are due no later than Monday, September 28, 4:30 p.m. Award notifications will be sent in December 2020 with funding to begin on January 1, 2021. The standard duration of the grant will be from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021. Award recipients will be asked to complete a brief report at the end of the award period. To learn more about the initiative and to apply, visit General and technical questions should be sent to:

In addition to the Pandemic-Affected Research Continuation Initiation, the Graduate School will sponsor a dissertation completion initiative in early September to support PhD and MFA students facing pandemic graduation delays.

The Dissertation Completion Emergency Fellowships program will provide one-semester fellowships for students whose graduation has been unavoidably delayed by pandemic-related restrictions but who now expect to graduate by August 2021, and who cannot be supported through normal program appointments or endowment funds in Spring 2021. Applications for funding are to be submitted by the advisors. A link to the application and more details will be available on September 2.

Steve Ackerman
Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education