Research in the Institute
The Grainger Institute for Engineering is intentionally agile. As a result, we have the infrastructure to respond to both current research needs and directions—and the flexibility to rapidly adapt as future research challenges unfold.
Currently, researchers in the Institute are focusing on advanced manufacturing, materials discovery, biomanufacturing, smart and connected healthcare, energy and sustainability, and computational science—areas that build on existing strengths within the College of Engineering and at UW-Madison. Each of these benefits from close interaction with the others. Together, they provide opportunities to accelerate the time frame in which a research breakthrough is implemented in a product or application, and to engage in this process in a sustainable, environmentally friendly manner.
The unique, nimble structure of the institute allows the college to focus on emerging areas and will serve as the engine that drives future engineering research innovation at UW-Madison.
To nurture research ideas that show promise as large-scale, extramurally funded activities, the institute provides a variety of support, including seed grants, roadmapping workshops, and a seminar series.
Seed grants support efforts to launch new research directions and make them competitive for sustained external funding, while the roadmapping program focuses on gathering key teams of faculty, researchers and industrial partners to develop and secure large-scale centers of excellence. 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 win funding large-scale research proposals.