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COVID-19 UPDATE

WiSys remains open for business virtually

MARCH 24 -- WiSys staff is ready to meet virtually with researchers, innovators, grantseekers and entrepreneurs to keep Wisconsin innovation progressing during these difficult times.

RESEARCHERS & INNOVATORS

If you hope to advance an invention or research project, contact your region-specific WiSys staff member to schedule an online meeting:

  • Tony Hanson: UW-La Crosse, UW-Parkside, UW-Platteville and UW-Whitewater
  • Ray French: UW-Eau Claire, UW-River Falls, UW-Stout and UW-Superior
  • Jennifer Souter: UW-Green Bay, UW Oshkosh and UW-Stevens Point

GRANT SEEKERS

For faculty grantseekers at schools involved with the WiSys Pre-Award Program (PreP), you can reach out to:

Lundin and Miner are available for idea development, review of potential sponsors, proposal planning, budgeting and translating RFP language. They are also available to review proposal drafts.

ENTREPRENEURS

If you are a UW System-connected entrepreneur interested in advancing your business idea, startup or are looking for your next opportunity, contact WiSys Manager of Innovative Ventures Adhira Sunkara.

If you have questions about WiSys operations during the COVID-19 crisis, contact WiSys Director of Patents & Licensing Jennifer Souter at [email protected] or 608-316-5107.


WiSys offers flexibility on WiSys grant-funded research projects

MARCH 24 -- The ongoing spread of COVID-19 is causing rapid changes. As a result, it is likely that there may be delays in research productivity.

WiSys is sympathetic to this challenge and is offering increased flexibility for WiSys-funded grants. For example, if your research is delayed due to COVID-19, you may:

Carryover unobligated balance on your grant through Dec. 31, 2020 with further extensions being considered on a case-by-case basis.

Reconceptualize approaches to achieving stated project goals and then reallocate financial resources as needed within allowable categories without seeking prior approval.

In the event you plan to take advantage of these increased flexibilities, please send a brief email to Jennifer Souter ([email protected]) detailing the requested extension needed and any major alterations to the original project scope so WiSys can update its records accordingly.


WiSys cancels all events through April 30

MARCH 13 -- As the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to evolve, the health and safety of our stakeholders is our top priority. 

Accordingly, all WiSys events through April 30 are cancelled. This includes:

  • Prototype Hackathon @ UW-Platteville
  • Innovation in Sustainability @ UW-Eau Claire
  • Innovation in Sustainability @ UW Oshkosh
  • WiSys Quick Pitch @ UW-Stevens Point
  • WiSys Quick Pitch @ UW-Parkside
  • WiSys Quick Pitch @ UW-Eau Claire
  • WiSys Quick Pitch @ UW-Platteville
  • WiSys Quick Pitch @ UW-Stout
  • Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament 

We will monitor the situation and evaluate the viability of events after April 30. 

With the possible exception of the Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament, we do not plan to reschedule any of these cancelled events for a later date, but are exploring alternative opportunities for students to participate in cancelled Quick Pitch events.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact WiSys Director of Patents & Licensing Jennifer Souter at [email protected] or 608-316-5107.