Spark Grant

The Spark Grant Program encourages faculty to carry out small-scale, proof-of-concept research projects

The WiSys Spark Grant Program has been designed to help faculty advance their knowledge and technology to commercialization. The Fund provides awards of $500-$10,000* per project to faculty, academic staff, or students towards implementation and completion of short-term projects.

WiSys Spark Grants are intended to support research projects where preliminary findings exist, and is designed to demonstrate the commercial potential of a new concept, technology or invention and to highlight the need for and type of additional development support that would be required to take the technology closer to the market place. Preference will be given to projects where applicants have demonstrated some progress beyond the initial discovery, idea or concept. See the scoring rubric here.

For more information on participating campuses, please see below and contact [email protected] for more information. *Funding limits vary campus to campus. Please contact WiSys to learn more about your campus' program.

Interested in submitting?

WiSys has partnered with Submittable, an online grants management platform, for the submission of WiSys Spark Grant applications.

Applicants are asked to submit their application materials and corresponding Invention Disclosure Form at the following link:  All forms are available for download here as well as within the Submittable platform. 

For questions about this platform or the submission process, please contact [email protected]

Call for Proposals - Participating Campuses

  • UW-River Falls - Deadline Sept. 10, 2019
    - Campus Lead - Diane Bennett, Director, Grants and Research
  • UW-Eau Claire - Deadline Oct. 1, 2019
    Campus Lead - Jeremy Miner, Director of Grants and Contracts
  • UW-Parkside - Deadline Oct. 15, 2019
    - Campus leadGary Wood, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
  • UW-La Crosse - Deadline Nov. 1, 2019
    - Campus Lead - Dr. Mark Sandheinrich, Dean, College of Science and Health
  • UW Oshkosh - Deadline Feb. 5, 2020
    - Campus Lead - Dr. Andrzej Dziedzic, Professor of French, Faculty Development Board Chair
  • UW-Stout - Deadline March 16, 2020
    - Campus Lead - Dr. Elizabeth Buchanan, ORSP Interim Director, Discovery Center

Don't see your campus? Contact WiSys at [email protected] to see which campuses are participating in future calls.