Academic Affairs

2013-2015 Incentive Grant Program

Overview of the Incentive Grant Program

The University of Wisconsin System is pleased to announce an opportunity for funding to support economic and workforce development projects, and projects that improve the affordability of education at UW institutions.  All UW institutions are invited to submit grant proposals for projects or programs that advance one or more of the three eligible program activities.  These activities include:

  • Economic Development Programs
    • Encourage the establishment or growth of businesses in Wisconsin
    • Create or retain jobs in Wisconsin
    • Programs may provide financial assistance, tax benefits, or direct services to specific businesses, industries, or organizations
  • Development of an Educated and Skilled Workforce
    • Increase the number of bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees awarded in fields for which occupational demand is high or in fields that the Board and DWD jointly determine to be high-demand fields
    • Increase the number of internship and cooperative work experience opportunities for students
    • Increase or enhance research and development
  • Improve Affordability of Postsecondary Education
    • Reduce the time required to obtain a degree
    • Increase opportunities for high school students to earn credit toward a postsecondary degree
    • Improve the transfer of credit between higher education institutions
    • Applies only to undergraduate resident students

The Request for Proposals plan outlines the process for evaluation and distribution of $22.5 million of UW System funds to support Incentive Grant projects that will be implemented during the 2013-15 biennium.  These funds are non-base building, and will cover one-time or start-up costs for programs that develop or enhance projects or proposals in the areas of economic development, and workforce development, or improve the affordability of postsecondary education.  Judges include experts from outside the UW System and various UW institutions.     

As you prepare your Incentive Grant application, please be aware that Incentive Grant funds may be used for multiple purposes as long as they advance one or more of the eligible program activities.  For example, Incentive Grant applications may propose that funds will be used for research, faculty and student salaries/stipends, equipment and operational expenses, fringe benefits costs, capital expenses, and scholarships.  Any expense must be justified in the grant application by showing how it relates to one or more of the eligible program activities. 

Proposal Submission
The electronic submission of the grant proposal, submitted as one PDF document, is due on or before October 16, 2013, at 4:30 pm.  Proposals should be sent to

Incentive Grant Contact Information:  Cody Loew (608-262-5850 or and Dave Brukardt (608-262-3905 or

Grant Documents