UW Engineering School receives $25M trans-disciplinary research grant

A $25 million research grant from The Grainger Foundation will help create a new trans-disciplinary research institute within UW-Madison’s College of Engineering and allow the school to hire 25 new faculty members to support its cause.

Trans-disciplinary research is conducted by investigators across departments — chemistry and human ecology, for example, or physics and political science. The institute would encourage new discoveries, create new research concepts, and actively engage in solving technological challenges by bringing disparate groups together to solve common problems, with an overall goal of helping the nation’s companies bring new products to market sooner.

With additional help from UW-Madison, the UW-Madison Vilas Trust, and the College of Engineering, the grant will also help create an endowment for professorships, faculty scholar awards, and fellowships.