New initiative facilitates research partnerships with the private sector

By Natasha Kassulke, UW-Madison

Seven projects – from generating valuable products from the abundant non-food dairy residues that remain after milk is processed into food product, to amplifying UW–Madison doctoral trainees as the new generation of biotechnology industry leaders – have been chosen for funding through the Promoting Industry Collaboration Initiative.

These projects were among 32 proposals submitted from across campus. The $1.3M initiative is funded by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.

“Each of these projects promises a winning combination,” says Steve Ackerman, vice chancellor for research and graduate education. “These projects will create solutions that will benefit society, while further branding the UW–Madison as a place on the forefront of innovation and progress. Additionally, this initiative creates a nurturing environment for entrepreneurial development and student readiness in some of the most exciting areas of research today.”

The goal of the initiative is to develop, build and promote collaborations between UW–Madison and the private sector. It seeks to address solutions to complex social, environmental and economic challenges that are best addressed via collaboration between universities and industry. This initiative also supports semester or semester-plus-summer long internships for Ph.D. students with dissertator status. Read more …