COVID Financial Resources for Innovators


UW–Madison Vice Chancellor for Graduate Research and Education Steve Ackerman provided an update on March 30 on how the campus research community is responding to COVID-19.

UW–Madison Research and Sponsored Programs maintains a listing of research funding, including opportunities related to COVID-19 related research. They are also curating information about how COVID-19 is affecting sponsored programs. is distributing $10M in private funding to people working on COVID projects. Applicants must be a PI at an academic institution and already working on a project that could help with COVID in the next 6 months. Funding decisions are made in under 48 hours. Learn more.


The Wisconsin COVID-19 Startup Talent Job Board is a new site launched by the Madison Entrepreneur Community to connect job seekers with companies that are hiring. It is currently focused on the technology sector, primarily related to startups and corporate innovation, but will expand if there is interest. See it here.

Support for Businesses, Startups, and Entrepreneurs

The Small Business Development Center’s 13 offices statewide (including at UW–Madison) are working to help small business owners access loans, grants, and other resources to support their businesses at the local, state, and federal levels. Learn more here.

BioForward has compiled a list of local and federal COVID-19 resources for the biohealth industry. See them here.

gener8tor has published a step-by-step guide to applying for SBA Disaster loans. See it here.

The City of Madison has compiled a list of resources for businesses in Madison impacted by COVID-19. See them here.

The Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce has a similar list. See it here.

WEDC has a list of resources for business statewide impacted by COVID-19. See them here.

UW–Extension has compiled a comprehensive list of resources for families, farms, and businesses. See them here.