OVCRGE: Pandemic-Affected Research Continuation Initiative procedures and deadlines for application

This message was e-mailed to UW-Madison faculty on 8/31/21.

Dear Colleagues,

While research is being restarted on campus, many of you may still be feeling the impacts to your research, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To help mitigate some of those impacts, I am pleased to again 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 research activities have been restricted or slowed, such as face-to-face human subjects research, research travel, and facilities-based research activities. The Pandemic-Affected Research Continuation Initiative (PARCI) 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 research travel, face-to-face human subjects research, graduate students whose graduation has been unavoidably delayed, and postdocs will be considered. University-sponsored travel must follow current university policies and approval procedures. 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 $40,000 will be considered.

Applications are due no later than Thursday, September 30, 4:30 PM. Award notifications will be sent in December 2021 with funding to begin on January 1, 2022. The standard duration of the grant will be from January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022.

To learn more about the initiative and to apply, visit:

General and technical questions should be sent to:


Steven A. Ackerman
Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education