Twelve innovative UW proposals have been selected to spur economic and workforce development statewide. The incentive grants are designed to encourage campus and business collaborations in three main categories: economic and workforce development and college affordability. View the Executive Summary pdf for more information regarding the Economic Development Incentive Grant Program and the 12 grant recipients outlined below.

UW-Eau Claire

Responsible Mining Initiative: Building an Educated STEM Workforce for the Natural Resource Industry ($451,317)

UW-Eau Claire, UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, and UW- Oshkosh

Addressing the Nursing Shortage: Statewide Initiative to Increase Nursing Program Faculty, Expand Student Enrollment, and Enhance Workforce Development ($3,218,703)


Capital Catalyst Commercialization Seed Fund with WEDC Match ($1 million)

UW-La Crosse

Expansion of Statistical Consulting Center to Serve Business Needs ($126,248)


Igniter—An Engine for Technology Commercialization ($2.4 million)

UW-Milwaukee, UW-Parkside, UW-Whitewater

Research and Training Center for Commercialization of Intensive Aquaculture & Aquaponics ($2,452,500)

UW-Milwaukee, UW-Parkside

SE Wisconsin Applied Chemistry Center of Excellence ($2,998,800)

UW-Milwaukee, UW-Whitewater

Water Technology Accelerator ($3 million)

UW-Oshkosh, UW-Green Bay

Collaborative Engineering Technology Program ($1,892,000)

UW-Stevens Point

Collaborative Research Facility for Development and Commercialization of Biorefinery Technologies: Cellulose Pilot & Processing Lab ($2,837,596)

UW-Stevens Point

Economic Development through Innovation in Specialty Papers, Packaging, and Converting ($1,445,336)

UW-Stevens Point, UW-Extension

Aquaculture Business Incubator and Aquaponic Innovation Center: Economic Development for Emerging Agricultural Industries ($677,500)