The University of Wisconsin-Madison ranks as one of the most prolific research universities in the world; it is listed third among American public universities for research expenditures. The Wisconsin School of Business contributes to this mission in important ways, and its faculty are ranked highly in surveys of research productivity. Wisconsin School of Business faculty have received funding from most of the major federal funding agencies, including PHS, NSF, EPA, DoEd, NASA, and others.

To assist faculty in obtaining research support from extramural sponsors, the following services are offered:

First Step – Contact the Research Programs Office, 3115 Grainger (Belle Heberling at, for assistance with creating a WISPER record for grant submission through the University of Wisconsin-Madison or to discuss your grant budget. 

Search for Funding Opportunities – UW-Madison subscribes to several funding opportunities databases. Prospective researchers are encouraged to utilize SPIN, the Sponsored Programs Information Network. For assistance in identifying sources to support your work, download this handout on SPIN.

Proposal Development – From conceptualization to the final proposal, faculty are provided with an array of services, including editorial assistance.

Budget Development – Creating an appropriate budget for your project is an important yet challenging task. Faculty are assisted in this process.

Proposal Submission – All proposals for extramural support must be approved by the Dean’s Office, which will submit the proposal on your behalf. Contact Phil Miller for assistance.

Library Services – As one of the nation's major research institutions, the University of Wisconsin-Madison maintains extensive facilities to support these efforts. Students have access to one of the top-10 largest library systems in the country. The Memorial Library, 25 specialty libraries, and four professional libraries contain traditional library resources in the form of more than six million volumes, 44,000 current periodicals, several million microforms, and extensive miscellaneous publications. In addition, extensive and up-to-date electronic resources support the inquiry and learning that takes place on campus each year. These facilities, along with numerous research centers and off-campus research affiliates, support nearly 5,000 active local, national, and international projects. A wide range of advisory, tutorial, career counseling, and computer services are also available. Click here to access the Wisconsin School of Business Library.

Databases – The Wisconsin School of Business Library maintains a list of databases commonly used for research in business disciplines, including Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) among others. Contact Michael Enyart to set up an account.

Summer Support – Each fall, the Graduate School’s Research Committee solicits proposals for research support for the following fiscal year. This competition is open to all tenure and tenure-track faculty at the university. Priorities for funding are:

  • Support creative research and scholarship on campus
  • Open new research areas, including multidisciplinary projects
  • Assist junior faculty in strengthening their research programs
  • Provide insurance against applications for extramural funding, particularly those involving support for graduate students

Click here to find out about the Graduate School's intramural funding programs.