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WiSys offering three virtual “Lunch & Learn” events for UW System grantseekers in November

MADISON—WiSys encourages faculty and staff interested in learning about grant opportunities and grantseeking to take advantage of three virtual “Lunch & Learn” events this November.

Lunch & Learn

The events, conducted during the lunch hour, will include:

  • Get Your Research Off the Ground: A look at WiSys Spark and UW System Ignite Grants for Applied Research — Nov. 4, Noon-1 p.m.
    A presentation by Dr. Tony Hanson, WiSys’ manager of intellectual property and licensing about two WiSys grant programs that can jumpstart your research activity. WiSys Spark Grants advances small-scale, proof-of-concept research projects; while UW System Ignite Grants fund applied research projects that support economic development in Wisconsin.
  • The Power of Grants for an Academic Career — Nov. 9, Noon-1 p.m.
    A conversation with Dr. Marjorie Piechowski, director emerita of research support for UW-Milwaukee’s College of Engineering & Applied Science, about achieving professional goals through grants and grantseeking. Piechowski has more than 35 years of experience in faculty grant development and research administration.
  • Navigating National Science Foundation: A Conversation with a Rotating Program Director — Nov. 16, Noon-1p.m.
    A conversation with Dr. Jennifer Wenner, professor of geology at UW Oshkosh, and National Science Foundation program director in the Geosciences Directorate/Earth Sciences Division. Wenner will provide an overview of the agency and how to find where your research fits.

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Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch to these informal virtual sessions as well as questions for the speakers.

In addition to these “Lunch & Learn” events, WiSys offers a series of grant writing webinars throughout the year. You can learn more about that series at

WiSys is a nonprofit organization that works with faculty, staff, students and alumni of the UW System to facilitate cutting-edge research programs, develop and commercialize discoveries and foster a spirit of innovative and entrepreneurial thinking across the state.