Research and Development

Where Education, Research and Industry Intersect

When the “can-do” spirit that propels innovation is supported by the initiatives and programs of a state committed to developing tomorrow’s economy, great things happen. It’s the driving force behind Wisconsin’s world-class research and development sector.

The results of that commitment are evident in our leadership across key areas of bioscience, water technology, energy, food production and manufacturing, among many others.

Our commitment extends to the next generation of scientist as well. Wisconsin ranks ninth in the nation for percentage of graduates with STEM degrees, and Madison was ranked by the Brookings Institution as the top U.S. metro for STEM graduates.

THE PATH TO COMMERCIALIZATION

To make sure the technology and innovations discovered at our research institutions are ready to be applied to businesses every day, the state has developed a path to transfer applicable discoveries to private industry.

CRITICAL COMMERCIALIZATION STAGE

Collaboration to increase funding, partnerships, community support and university programs through the S3 initiative (Start. Seed. Scale.) helps new businesses succeed with access to early stage investment. The initiative ensures more startups stay on track through the critical commercialization stage—bringing more jobs, people and innovation to Wisconsin.

FROM RESEARCH TO DISCOVERY

The Wisconsin Alumni Research Fund (WARF) promotes, encourages and aids scientific research at UW–Madison, and helps commercialize the research for the benefit of the university and the private sector.

CREATING “REAL WORLD” APPLICATION

WiSys Technology Foundation works with the university to support research and technology development, linking on-campus innovators with industry leaders and streamlining technology transfer through patent and licensing activities—all while protecting the patents on new discoveries. Once the technology is in the private sector, Wisconsin reaches out to investors from around the globe to make sure the discoveries are turned into viable business.

INSIGHT THAT CONNECTS PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS

The Wisconsin Institute for Discovery is dedicated to advancing theoretical and applied science by combining lab research, public communication, and business application.