Realizing the Wisconsin Idea: Fueling Wisconsin’s Economy through Collaborative Research & Innovation

The 13 UW universities fuel the state’s economy by competitively acquiring billions of dollars of funding to support innovative research at the frontiers of knowledge.  Research administrators at each campus foster and catalyze this success and are working together through the Wisconsin Research and Sponsored Programs Council (WiRSP) to further grow, support, and diversity research and sponsored programs by increasing competitiveness through collaboration, coordination, and leadership across the UW System.


Strategic Objectives
  • Catalyze research capabilities across and among universities in the UW system
  • Pursue opportunities to fund research and sponsored programs through coordinated efforts that maximize competitiveness for securing support
  • Collaborate to build strategic partnerships with government, business, and non-profit/philanthropic organizations to promote economic development, student success, and development of a dynamic and highly competent workforce
  • Exchange information on pending legislation, agency policies, and relevant programs related to research and sponsored programs, and provide responses on issues of common concern
  • Coordinate research and sponsored programs on a systemwide level that transcend disciplines, cultivates collaboration, and promotes innovation and entrepreneurship
Core Values
  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Collaboration
  • Innovation
  • Trust
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Public Service
Working Groups
  • Governmental Affairs
  • Compliance
  • Operations
  • Strategic Development

I touch the future. I teach.

Christa McAuliffe

I am the future. I do research.

Carl Fox, 2021