2013-2015 Economic Development Incentive Grant Program

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 more information regarding the Economic Development Incentive Grant Program and the 12 grant recipients outlined below.  Executive Summary pdf  

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)


9 UW Entrepreneurs to receive up to $325,000 in grants from Ideadvance Seed Fund

Ideadvance Seed Fund Grants pdf

2013-15 Reporting Requirements

Incentive Grant Recipients are required to report the goals, result, and budget for each program.  


2014-15 Reporting Procedures

Grant recipients will be notified in June 2015 about reporting procedures for 2014-15.  Documents and directions will be made available online.