University of Wisconsin - Madison

CALS Funding Opportunities

  • WDGF
  • ARS Internship
  • Develop Cultivars
  • Forms & Documents

Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowships

2013-14 Nominations due Friday February 1, 2013
in 240 Agricultural Hall (CALS Research Division)


The WDGF program was established in 1997 through collaboration between the Graduate School, UW Foundation, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), UW schools and colleges and alumni donors. Award packages include tuition and fees coverage, health insurance eligibility, and a stipend.

CALS has multiple Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowships to award for the 2013-14 academic year. We are pleased to issue calls for nominations for the following awards:

Richard M. Heins Fellowship

Open to dissertators AND non-dissertators in a CALS graduate program or interdepartmental program in which CALS faculty participate.

Heins Fellowship Call for Nominations

Louis and Elsa Thomsen Fellowship

Open to dissertators only in a CALS graduate program or interdepartmental program in which CALS faculty participate.

Thomsen Fellowship Call for Nominations

Wisconsin Potato Industry Board (WPIB) Fellowship

Open to dissertators AND non-dissertators in a CALS graduate program who are participating in potato research. Preference is given to students in the departments of Horticulture, Entomology, Plant Pathology, Soil Science, Life Sciences Communication, and Agricultural and Applied Economics.

WPIB Fellowship Call for Nominations

Nomination Process

  • Nominations may be submitted by CALS department graduate programs and by any interdepartmental graduate program in which CALS faculty participate.
  • Each program is limited to one nominee for each opportunitiy.
  • The nominee’s major advisor must have a tenured or tenure-leading appointment in a CALS department.
  • Nomination materials should include:
    1. Cover page, using appropriate form (see individual calls for nominations above)
    2. Nominee’s curriculum vitae
    3. Nominee’s graduate transcript
    4. One-page research project description written for a non-specialist audience by the nominee
    5. Nomination letter from the nominee’s major advisor
    6. (Optional) A list of research publications that are submitted, in press or published
  • ONE copy of each nomination is due Friday, February 1, 2013 in 240 Agricultural Hall, CALS Research Division.
  • For general questions about the nomination process, please contact Associate Dean Rick Lindroth (2-6792 or Dawn Wagner (5-3092
  • For questions about nominations within a specific department, see the list of Departmental Contacts below.

CALS WDGF Contacts

General Contacts

Function Contact E-mail Telephone
General CALS WDGFs Dawn Wagner 265-3092
Administration & Related Inquiries Graig Brooks 262-2084

Departmental Contacts

Department Contact E-mail Telephone
Agricultural & Applied Economics Terri Wipperfurth 262-0312
Agronomy Sandy Bennett 262-9928
Animal Science Sheila Pink 263-4514
Bacteriology Kari Straus 890-1158
Biochemistry Cathy Michael 263-2951
Biological Systems Engineering Susan Reinen 262-2250
Community and Environmental Sociology Ken Scott 262-9533
Dairy Science Nancy Hilmanowski 263-6435
Entomology Margaret Webster 262-3073
Food Research Institute Marcia Verhage 263-7033
Food Science Marcia Verhage 263-7033
Forest and Wildlife Ecology Margaret Webster 262-3073
Genetics Patrick Litza 262-3112
Horticulture Tricia Check 265-8502
Landscape Architecture Ken Scott 262-9533
Plant Pathology Margaret Webster 262-3073
Soil Science Jennifer Etter Goh 262-2239

Useful Links and Documents

General WDGF Information
Program DescriptionGeneral program description from the Graduate School Office of Fellowships and Funding Resources
Administration InformationWDGF annual Fact Sheets and other general administrative information from the Graduate School
Department/College and Graduate School ResponsibilitiesDetailed checklist of WDGF administrative tasks that CALS departments, the CALS Research Division and the Graduate School are responsible for.
Student Recipient ResponsibilitiesList of research sharing, speaking, and donor outreach activites that recipients are expected to complete
WDGF Fact Sheets
Current Fact Sheet (2012-13)Fact Sheets include current rates, costs, account codes, tuition remission policy information, and links to pertinent forms and documents.
Previous Fact Sheets:
2011-12, 2010-11, 2009-10, 2008-09, 2007-08, 2006-07, 2005-06, 2004-05, 2003-04
Appointment Letter and Request Forms
Appointment LetterGeneric WDGF appointment letter template for use by departments
Tuition Remission FormsGeneral fellowship/assistantship tuition remission forms and procedures from the Bursar's Office
Third Party Deferral FormGeneral third party tuition/fees deferral forms and procedures from the Bursar's Office
Gift Policies and FormsCampus-wide gift policies and forms from UW Accounting Services
Gift Check Routing Form ToolWeb-based gift checking routing form generation tool

UW-Consortium for Extension and Research in Agriculture and Natural Resources (CERANR)

FY2014 Proposals due December 14, 2012

Download full CERANR FY2014 Call for Proposals


The UW-Consortium for Extension and Research in Agriculture and Natural Resources (CERANR) will make available approximately $125,000 for faculty and staff-led cooperative research for new one or two-year projects for eligible faculty and staff located at UW-Madison, -Platteville, -River Falls, and -Stevens Point for fiscal year 2013-14.

Applications for funding must include at least one UW-Madison faculty member and a faculty member from at least one of the non-Madison CERANR represented colleges or schools as collaborators.


This effort is designed for two purposes. First, the CERANR Deans wish to encourage cooperation and collaboration across institutions and disciplines to help develop synergistic and effective solutions to critical issues. Secondly, the funding is provided to help research cooperators to address critical, emerging and ongoing state research needs for issues that have an impact on our agricultural and natural resource systems.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applications for funding must include at least one UW-Madison faculty member and a faculty member from at least one of the non-Madison CERANR represented colleges or schools as collaborators.
  • Principal Investigators must be budgeted with PI status in the agriculture or natural resource units represented in CERANR. CERANR units include: UW-Madison, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UW-Madison, School of Veterinary Medicine, UW-Platteville, College of Business Industry Life Science and Agriculture; UW-River Falls, College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences; and UW-Stevens Point, College of Natural Resources.
  • Those faculty or staff who are not budgeted through a CERANR unit may be included as a Co-PI when the proposal includes a CERANR-affiliated PI
  • Staff members with Principal Investigator (PI) status may apply for CERANR grant with the approval of their respective supervisor and Dean.
  • Faculty/staff PI’s are encouraged to consider including county-based and non-integrated UWEX faculty and staff on projects as team members.

Project Criteria

Projects can be “pilot” in nature to help new or established researchers to collect data and/or demonstrate modest impacts that could lead to larger funded efforts with external funding. Or, they can be small-scale, well-defined projects where an impact is relatively certain but where a larger funded effort is not necessarily the ultimate goal.

Preference will be given to those projects which clearly leverage resources in the form of funding, relationships, facilities, etc.

Additionally, the Consortium will continue to place emphasis upon specific research priorities as in past years. However, the Consortium also encourages submission of other proposals that address agricultural and natural resource issues of concern to Wisconsin.

Consortium Research Priorities for FY2014

  • Advancing Knowledge that Promotes Economic Development in Support of Local and State Efforts for a Growing and Healthy Bio-based Economy
  • Sustainable Agricultural, Forestry and Aquatic Systems (including Communities)
  • Plant, Animal, Human, and Ecosystem Health, Biosecurity, Food Safety and Quality

Application Process

Submit proposals using the form provided in the CERANR FY2014 Call for Proposals.

Please submit proposals, including all required signatures, as a PDF document to at the UW-Madison, CALS Research Division by FRIDAY DECEMBER 14, 2012.

Proposals should move from faculty/staff up through Department Chairs. Department Chairs should review the proposal(s) and indicate their decision on approval to your Dean or designee, who will then sign on behalf of your college or school prior to submission. Proposals without approved signatures from all Deans’ or Deans’ designees will not be accepted for review. The official list of Deans’ designees will be determined by each CERANR institution.

Please direct all inquiries to Casey Hillmer, (608) 262-2397 or

Kickapoo Valley Reforestation Fund

2013 Proposals due December 7, 2012

  • Download 2013 Kickapoo Valley Reforestation Fund call for proposals
  • Download 2013 Application Cover Page
  • Overview

    The Kickapoo Valley Reforestation Fund was established through a generous bequest to the University of Wisconsin Foundation by Ralph Nuzum, a long-time businessman and resident of the Kickapoo Valley.

    Mr. Nuzum’s intentions were set forth in a 1973 document which stated, in part, that:

    "...the donor wishes that the income from the Fund be used to support a model comprehensive land use forestation, conservation, and rehabilitation project involving and interdisciplinary team cooperating with broadly representative citizens, groups, and local leaders in the Kickapoo Valley."

    Principles for Funding

    The Kickapoo Valley Reforestation Fund welcomes proposals for projects that enhance the ecological, economic and social well-being of the Kickapoo Valley and its residents.

    The Fund intends to support “good ideas” that fit within the spirit of Mr. Nuzum’s bequest. Proposals are a first step in identifying “good ideas,” especially those which originate with the citizens of the Valley. Following review by the Fund Committee, those proposals receiving favorable evaluations will be implemented with the guidance of Fund staff.

    Project Guidelines

    Proposals must identify a significant assessment, action or analysis which, upon completion, could reasonably be expected to enhance the overall quality of life in the Kickapoo Valley. Proposals also should identify some practical measure or indicator of success that could be understood and appreciated by non-scientists.

    The following principles will also guide the Fund in selecting projects for support:

    • Projects should propose actions or devise solutions which address pragmatic problems deriving from past or current use of forest lands and which improve our understanding, appreciation and management of forest resources in the Kickapoo Valley.
    • Projects should focus on forest resources in the broad sense, including biophysical features, economic activities, and human interactions with the distinctive ecology of the Kickapoo Valley.
    • Projects should have a strong scientific basis and build upon results of past research and action programs conducted in the Valley and in similar rural communities and landscapes of the upper midwest.
    • Projects must be collaborative in nature and activity include a member of the UW-Madison faculty. Faculty and permanent professional staff salaries cannot be included in project budgets.
    • Use of the Nuzum fund to leverage other funding sources is strongly encouraged.
    • The Fund does not provide general operating funds for Valley-based organizations; funds may not be used to support litigation or lobbying, land purchases or construction or capital improvements.

    Application Process

    Proposals should be limited to 4 typed pages containing the following sections:

    • Justification and Outcome
    • Proposed Work
    • Budget
    • Personnel

    For detailed explanation of each section, See the 2013 Kickapoo Valley Reforestation Fund call for proposals.

    Additionally, a budget identifying significant needs by category must be completed on the supplied Application Cover Page. A brief résumé of key participants, especially the faculty collaborator and the local program manager, should also be attached.

    Submit proposals electronically to by December 7, 2012.

    Please direct all inquiries to Casey Hillmer, (608) 262-2397 or

Agricultural Research Station Internship

Summer 2013 applications due December 14, 2012

Download 2013 ARS Internship Application Materials


The objective of the Agricultural Research Stations’ Summer Internship program is to foster relationships between UW-Madison departments and station personnel. At the same time, the opportunity provides UW-Madison undergraduate students a chance to become involved in applied research projects as they consider their career plans.

These internships should be used as a recruitment tool and have a direct benefit to a student. Awarded internships provide students with an opportunity to see how farms are managed, the latest in farm equipment, and the research activities occurring on each farm.

Award Information

Five internships will be awarded for year 2013, each with $5000 of student labor (approximately 15 weeks, limited to UW-Madison undergraduate students) and $500 of supplies to be spent at the station on the student project. In 2012, projects were awarded at Arlington, Kemp, Rhinelander, Prairie du Sac, and West Madison.

Funding is intended to support a student full-time for the summer with about half of the time spent on an individual research project in conjunction with a CALS faculty member and about half-time spent on a variety of station activities under the direction of the superintendent. As part of the student work with the superintendents, a poster presentation should be assembled that can become part of the station's permanent displays.

Some stations may be able to provide housing options. Credits for internship experience may be possible by separate arrangements with the student's on campus advisor.

Eligibility Requirements (new for 2013)

To be considered for funding, the faculty member must have an active Hatch, Hatch Multistate, or McIntire-Stennis project during the summer of 2013, and that project must have a component conducted at the Agricultural Research Station.

Application Process

Applications for summer 2013 should use the form included in the 2013 ARS Internship Application Materials and be sent in hardcopy to Casey Hillmer, 212C Agricultural Hall, or electronically with all required signatures to

Applications will be accepted until December 14 with announcements made by early January.

Criteria will include the integration of the project description and plans for station activities. If a student is already identified, please include his/her name.

Please direct all inquiries to Casey Hillmer, (608) 262-2397 or

For more information on Agricultural Research Stations, please visit the ARS homepage.

Annual Call for Proposals to Develop Cultivars or Other Plant Germplasm


Download Full Call for Proposals


Approximately $100,000 per year will be available to support the development of cultivars and other plant germplasm, and for which rights are or will be assigned to WARF. A committee with representation from WARF, WCIA, CALS, and CALS Departments of Agronomy, Horticulture, and Plant Pathology will evaluate the proposals for germplasm to be developed, the development tasks, and the amount of payment. Development tasks may be carried out by WCIA as appropriate.


A Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU") was entered into by The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System on behalf of the Graduate School and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences ("CALS") of the University of Wisconsin-Madison ("University"), the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation ("WARF"), and the Wisconsin Crop Improvement Association ("WCIA"). WCIA is a non-profit organization started by faculty, based on the UW campus, and housed in Moore Hall. Historically, WCIA has been involved in seed certification and in helping faculty develop, release, and evaluate cultivars.


Cultivars and other plant germplasm developed with the use of these funds must be unencumbered by intellectual property rights for agreements with entities other than WARF and WCIA. Exceptions may be made after negotiations by WARF. The review committee will consider the prospects for the proposal to yield a commercial product in the near future, alternate sources of funding for the development work, potential marketability for the product and expected revenue return, previous successes and progress from prior funding from this source and the scope of the project relative to the scientists' overall germplasm program.

Project Period

September 1, 2012, through December 31, 2013

*A Final Report will be due February 28, 2014*

This is required to receive future funding from this program.


For additional information, see the full call for proposals or contact:

Tony Klink, WCIA
OR Casey Hillmer

Forms & Documents

Below are all of the forms and documents for the CALS Funding Opportunities section. To view all forms and documents on the Research Division website, click here.

Note: Sections marked ** link to documents housed on sites external to the Research Division

ARS Internship Application 2009 DOC
ARS Internship Application 2010 DOC
CERANR Call for Proposals (FY09) DOC
CERANR Call for Proposals (FY2010) DOC
CERANR Call for Proposals (FY2011) DOC
Nuzum Call for Proposals (FY09) PDF
Nuzum Call for Proposals (FY10) PDF
WDGF Administrator Responsibilities DOC
WDGF Facts 2003-04 PDF
WDGF Facts 2004-05 PDF
WDGF Facts 2005-06 PDF
WDGF Facts 2006-07 PDF
WDGF Facts 2007-08 PDF
WDGF Facts 2008-09 PDF
WDGF Student Roles and Responsibilities PDF
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