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Joint Call for Proposals


Research Innovation Committee (RIC)
the Wisconsin Materials Institute (WMI)
and the Wisconsin Energy Institute
of the College of Engineering

The Research Innovation Committee (RIC) joins with the Wisconsin Materials Institute (WMI) and the Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI) to invite proposals that identify visionary, far-reaching goals that will establish the leadership of the College of Engineering in realizing engineering knowledge for the future. We encourage faculty and scientists to bring their best ideas to explore new areas and open new and fertile ventures for engineering science and research. Successful proposals will express a future vision, identify how the proposed work will lead to a large-scale, extramurally funded research effort or center proposal (e.g., DOE EFRC, NIH P50), and have identified a leadership team with a record of significant accomplishment (scientific, management, leadership).

The intent of this call for proposals is to stimulate innovative research, explore new collaborations and/or facilitate submission of nationally competitive proposals for centers and other large-scale collaborative opportunities, and advance UW-Madison CoE’s position as a leader in existing and emerging research areas. This portfolio anticipates new opportunities in sensor technologies, health care improvement, analytics, new materials, and advanced manufacturing. The scope of the call covers basic and applied inquiry in engineering knowledge enrichment and service to society.

Funds to support proposals of Type I and II will come primarily from the RIC in the College of Engineering. It is anticipated that 6-8 proposals of types I and II will be funded in Spring 2015. Funds to support proposals of Type III will come from RIC, WMI and WEI and we anticipate that 1-2 proposals of each type IIIA and IIIB will be funded in Spring 2015. For cases where funding for successful proposals is aligned with other college or campus initiatives, an effort will be made to coordinate with those initiatives..


Important dates

CFP release — January 7, 2015
Information sessionFriday, January 23, 2015, 9:00 AM, 1610 Engineering Hall
Proposals dueMonday, March 9, 2015, 5 PM
Recommendations to the Dean — April 10, 2015

Report out, 2013-2014 RIC awardees
     Thursday, April 16, 3-5 PM , Room 1163 Mechanical Engineering
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2014-2015 Call for Proposals

The RIC anticipates releasing two calls for proposals during academic year 2014-2015 with anticipated award dates of November 15 and April 15.  The deadline for submission of proposals will be announced early in the fall academic semester. We solicit three types of proposals: Support for Enhanced Competitiveness proposals that provide partial funding for extramural proposals not funded; Center-stimulation projects with the potential to better position the college in novel innovative research and multidisciplinary centers, and Program Concept Awards that can lay out a vision for a 5-10 year program in Advanced Manufacturing.

The purpose of this call for proposals is, in part, to stimulate new and innovative cross-college and cross-university initiatives led by the College of Engineering. The scope of the call covers basic and applied inquiry in engineering knowledge enrichment and service to society. The intent is to improve the competitiveness of extramural research proposals, explore new collaborations and/or facilitate submission of nationally competitive proposals for centers and other large-scale collaborative opportunities, and generate a concrete vision of how the thematic area of Advanced Manufacturing could be developed within the College of Engineering. The scope of the call includes projects that engage industry.

Funds to support proposals will come primarily from the Research Innovation Committee in the College of Engineering. Funding for successful proposals aligned with other college initiatives, such as the Wisconsin Materials Institute, will be coordinated with those initiatives. 

The outcome of funded activities will be:

a.  Resubmission or revised submission of an unfunded extramural proposal bolstered by additional preliminary results and/or attention to criticisms raised during external review.

b.  Progress toward submission of an extramural application for a research center with annual funding at the level of $2-5M/year or greater for at least 5 years.

c.  Well-defined targets of investment for Advanced Manufacturing.



Committee charge
  • Developing a roadmap that will identify grand challenges in engineering research that address national and societal issues and which we have or could have the ability to lead. By necessity this will include an assessment of our strengths and weakness in these areas that enable or prevent the college from assuming a research leadership role. This assessment includes but is not limited to faculty expertise and research infrastructure.
  • Developing a set of institutional goals, initiatives and incentives that will influence the future research directions of the college. It is anticipated that the College will provide resources to the committee to launch new research initiatives that are consistent with the strategic plan.
  • Reviewing and providing a recommendation to the College on internally funded research proposals, as well as centers and institutes proposed by faculty in the College.

    CONTACT

    Patricia Flatley Brennan 
       Room 3270a
       Mechanical Engineering Building

       608 263 5251, 608 263 1315
       pfbrenna@wisc.edu


    MEMBERS, 2014-2015

    Nick Abbott
    Chemical and Biological Engineering

    Bill Banholzer
    Chemical and Biological Engineering

    Patti Brennan, Chair
    Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Kristyn Masters
    Biomedical Engineering

    Dane Morgan
    Materials Science and Engineering

    Gustavo Parra
    Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Christopher Rutland
    Mechanical Engineering

    Rebecca Willett
    Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Ex-officio members

    Deanna Dietrich, Associate Dean
    Research and Policy Administration

    Susan Hagness, Associate Dean
    Research and Graduate Affairs


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