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COVID-19 UPDATE

WiSys leans into virtual gatherings

 All WiSys research, innovation and entrepreneurship events will be held online this year.

August 24, 2020 -- WiSys will not hold in-person campus events during the 2020-2021 school year and will instead focus on virtual events while the University of Wisconsin regional comprehensive institutions continue to deal with the campus disruptions due to the coronavirus crisis. 

“While we miss being among our UW System community, we are pausing our in-person events out of respect for the safety of students, faculty and staff, logistical challenges and our ability to plan for the upcoming year,” said WiSys President Arjun Sanga. “We look forward to being back on the beautiful University of Wisconsin campuses in the near future.”

Each year, WiSys hosts numerous events at the 11 regional University of Wisconsin campuses, including UW-Eau Claire, UW-Green Bay, UW-La Crosse, UW Oshkosh, UW-Parkside, UW-Platteville, UW-River Falls, UW-Stevens Point, UW-Stout, UW-Superior and UW-Whitewater.

These events give students opportunities to practice research communication, develop ideas and innovation skills and learn about intellectual property rights. They also allow faculty and staff to network with others and students across disciplines. 

Most of WiSys’ familiar events will take place this year, but they will be held virtually. WiSys is also planning to expand its virtual event offerings during the school year to foster innovation activity and inter-campus networking.   

“We are excited at the prospect of trying new things and offering a rewarding and productive schedule of virtual events,” said Sanga. “WiSys remains open for business, actively working with our UW System partners in innovation.”


WiSys remains open for business virtually

August 12, 2020 -- 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
  • Brad Ricker: 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.