CALS is accepting proposals for graduate student assistantship research projects that will leverage existing UW–Madison expertise to provide timely products supporting the goals of the Dairy Innovation Hub, with an emphasis on addressing recommendations generated by the Dairy Task Force 2.0.

In 2019, the Dairy Innovation Hub launched with a $7.8 million per year investment by the State of Wisconsin to build a world-class talent pool and enable bold discoveries to ensure that Wisconsin’s dairy community is at the global forefront in producing nutritious dairy products in an economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable manner.

This call seeks proposals that will fund research to work on innovative and impactful dairy-related research. Research must relate to one of the following areas prioritized by the Hub:

  • Stewarding Land and Water Resources
  • Enriching Human Health and Nutrition
  • Ensuring Animal Health and Welfare
  • Growing Farm Businesses and Communities

The objective of this call is to recruit, develop and retain top talent. In three years, the Hub has attracted and harnessed incredible research and will continue to increase graduate training capacity at UW–Madison related to the Wisconsin dairy industry.

The Hub enhances scholarship and advancement of innovation in the DIH priority areas needed to ensure the future success and resiliency of dairy-related research in Wisconsin. Increasing training capacity to fund novel research projects that benefit the Wisconsin dairy community is a major focus of the Hub.

New to 2024, this RFP covers both the Madison and Collaborative Graduate Student Proposals. In addition to four UW–Madison proposals selected for funding, one proposal that includes a UW–Madison and UW-River Falls collaborative team and one proposal that includes a UW–Madison and UW-Platteville collaborative team will be selected for collaborative funding. All proposals will be reviewed together, but cross-campus collaborative proposals will be specifically noted.

Co-mentor teams are encouraged and are defined as primary investigator(s) from CALS and/or UW-Platteville, College of Business, Industry, Life Science, and Agriculture or College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science (BILSA) and UW-River Falls, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES).

Funding is available to tenure-track faculty with permanent PI status within CALS. Research associate level candidates do need to be identified, although inclusion of a top candidate will strengthen the proposal application. A PI should only submit one proposal to the RFP as the primary PI. However, the PI may serve as a co-PI on other proposals. Proposals from similar collaborative teams, and overlapping or similar proposals to previously funded projects, are discouraged.

Proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. (CST) on Friday, April 5, 2024. Award decisions will be sent to applicants in August of 2024.

To review the call details and submission materials, please see below:

For more information and resources for researchers, check out the research funding section of the DIH website.

Questions? Please contact Heather White, DIH faculty director, at