University of Wisconsin–Madison

Our Research

Transdisciplinary Research and Real-World Problems Converge Here

The research we do 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.

We provide funding, comprehensive support and a collaborative space for College of Engineering faculty to nurture research ideas that show promise as large-scale, extramurally funded activities in—and at the various intersections of—biomanufacturing, neuroengineering, smart and connected healthcare, energy and sustainability, infrastructure resiliency, advanced manufacturing, big data and machine learning, and sensors and sensing.

Understanding Real-World Problems

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.

Driving Research Innovation

Our researchers have no shortage of ideas and our culture is lush with interdisciplinary collaboration. In short: our faculty-led teams are ideal candidates for multimillion dollar grant awards. So much so that we support our outstanding faculty any way we can:

  • With seed grants to explore new research directions and boost competitiveness for sustained external funding.
  • Our seminar series serves as a venue for early-career faculty members to share research ideas, foster interdisciplinary collaborations, and spur new research teams to seek funding.
  • We help faculty win major interdisciplinary grant proposals with comprehensive support: team-building, writing, editing, graphic design, advisory, administrative and budgetary.

Building Large-Scale Centers of Excellence

To turn top-notch grant proposals into self-sustaining centers, 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. Everything we need to build dynamic research teams and translate discoveries is accessible right here at UW-Madison.