Additively manufactured components from UW's Alloy Design and Development Laboratories


Everything we need to build dynamic research teams and translate discoveries is accessible right here at UW-Madison. The research we support seeks solutions to complex problems that are likely to impact industry and society in a big way. Because the future, we believe, lies in breaking down barriers: bringing disciplines, researchers, communities and industries together to tackle unanswered questions, use resources wisely and innovate for the public good.

From faculty scholar awards and pre-competitive seed funding to comprehensive proposal development support, we invest in the exploration of new research directions.

Our seminars, workshops and forums serve as a venue for faculty members to share research ideas, foster interdisciplinary collaborations, and spur new research teams to seek funding.

We rely on industry partnerships to understand real-world challenges and markets. And our partners rely on us for our world-class laboratories and student pipelines. We are committed to making it easier for companies to tap into university resources so that, together, we can drive innovation through fundamental research, as well as accelerate the implementation of research breakthroughs into corporate products, processes and applications.

We help faculty win major interdisciplinary grant proposals with comprehensive support: from project management to storytelling and graphic design. Then, to turn top-notch grant proposals into centers with long-term sustainability, we leverage the university’s culture of joint solution-building and help faculty engage with new, young and mature companies in leading and emerging industries.


Jennifer Choy HeadshotJennifer Choy

“GIE has supported me in building my lab, which is focused on quantum sensing and photopic-integration of quantum sensors. Funding from GIE has enabled our group to recruit new personnel and purchase equipment for our projects on building chip-scale atomic magnetometers and solid-state quantum sensors. GIE support also contributed to our group receiving funding from the Office of Naval Research, Department of Energy, and National Science Foundation to further pursue these directions.”

Jack Ma HeadshotJack Ma

“GIE support enabled the establishment of the Quantum Manufacturing Center and the gathering of the relevant experts in CoE with ideas exchanging for a joint effort. We are accumulating momentum for large fund applications. Proposals, papers and patents are in process.”

Chu Ma PortraitChu Ma

“GIE hosts researchers in a wide range of areas. Building connections with those experts inspires new multidisciplinary research ideas. I am grateful to be a member of this big group and grow my research with GIE’s support.

My group develops acoustic sensing technologies to address emerging challenges in biomedical ultrasonic diagnosis/treatment and general acoustic sensing applications. I am excited about our research in acoustic imaging that improves imaging resolution. I am also excited about funding support from the MRSEC that enables a collaborative research project for producing and characterizing topological photonic/phononic structures ranging from microwave to THz, to mid IR, to communication band, to visible, as well as to acoustic regimes.”

Sangkee Min headshotSangkee Min

“GIE has supported many opportunities to engage with outside organizations including industry. These engagements have made it possible for me to show my research and engage with companies in a meaningful way. I am currently discussing potential projects with private industry. In addition, the GIE Faculty Scholar Award helps me to generate preliminary results that strengthen a full funding proposal. It also allowed me to travel to connect with collaborators, resulting in a funded collaboration (POSTECH project). In addition, writing and graphic support from GIE on proposals were really great, too!”

Jason Kawasaki in the labJason Kawasaki

“GIE support enabled my group to do preliminary Hall effect measurements on Heusler films. This preliminary data was crucial for an AFOSR Young Investigator Award that I received this fall.”

Frank Pfefferkorn HeadshotFrank Pfefferkorn

“GIE was instrumental in connecting me with a company (AO Smith) that has resulted in discussions about funding for a smart manufacturing project. I am most excited about a new research area: solid-state metal additive manufacturing. The idea of 3D printing large metal components without melting is very exciting and new.”

Line Roald

“I worked with the GIE proposal support team for the first time last year, as part of my NSF CAREER proposal. I very much appreciated the [team’s] help with both creating an overview figure and proof-reading the proposal summary. In addition, I participated in both the Grainger Computing in Engineering Forum and the NEAR spotlight series, both of which were very good experiences.

I am very excited about our new line of research work that considers climate change adaptation of electric grids. Specifically, we are looking at interactions between wildfire risk and power systems operations, and methods to better protect and restore electric grids after extreme weather events.”