Sixteen projects chosen for Research Forward (Round 3) awards

Projects ranging from formulating a new understanding of lake water quality, to early detection of metastatic cancer, and addressing health inequities in the Hmong community, have been chosen from 102 initial proposals for Research Forward awards.

Research Forward, a competition sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (OVCRGE), is intended to stimulate and support highly innovative and groundbreaking research at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

The initiative is supported by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) and will provide funding for 1–2 years, depending on the needs and scope of the project.

“With every round of Research Forward I have been impressed by the ingenuity of our campus research community to come up with better and more effective solutions for various challenges and to cross disciplinary boundaries in order to generate new knowledge and to drive innovation,” says Steve Ackerman, vice chancellor for research and graduate education. “As we are now seeing the successes of earlier rounds of Research Forward, it is exciting to build on those successes with a new round of projects that hold promise for fundamentally transforming various fields of study ranging from environmental studies to health and well-being, and clean energy.”

Research Forward projects are collaborative, high-risk, high-impact and transformative. The goal is to also fund research projects that require significant development prior to the submission of applications for external funding. Research Forward projects also include an integrated and compelling plan for establishing and maintaining an equitable and inclusive research effort.

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