Growth Agenda for Wisconsin Grant Program - Institutional Change Grants

The University of Wisconsin System is pleased to announce an opportunity for funding to support UW institutional efforts to advance the Growth Agenda for Wisconsin. The Growth Agenda for Wisconsin Grants Program seeks to fund projects that are bold in their vision, designed to transform programmatic or institution-wide practices, and have the potential to be sustained beyond the scope of the grant funding.

The Growth Agenda Grant Program will be directed towards two broad areas:

  1. Institutional Change Grants (ICG).  These grants will fund significant efforts to enhance student success.  They are designed to support projects that are institution-wide, multi-institution, or System-wide that would result in transformational outcomes.  Proposals are also encouraged that support Growth Agenda goals through collaborations with Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) and/or PK-12 institutions.
  2. Conference and Professional Development Grants (CPDG) These grants will support the development of regional, statewide, and national conferences, workshops, and institutes on topics that support the Growth Agenda for Wisconsin.

The Growth Agenda Grant Program is intended to be an annually recurring opportunity.  At least $1 million will be available for the 2013-2014 academic year; at least $600,000 will be available for the 2014-2015 academic year; and at least $300,000 will be available for the 2015-2016 academic year. These funds will be used for single year and multiple year funding  for both the ICG and CPDG.

Deadlines for Institutional Change Grants (ICG):

  • Letter of Intent Form or LOI Form (required): due to by NOON on Friday, December 13, 2013.
    •  UW-L can only submit two (2) ICG projects to UW System.
    • While there is no limit to the number of collaborative projects that can be submitted, the LOI is still required, if UW-L will be the lead institution.
    • If you will be collaborating, but another campus will be the lead institution, the LOI is not required.  An email to ORSP ( describing any collaboration you in which you will be a participant would be greatly appreciated. Please include the institution name, lead PI name, and UW-L related budget information.
  • Full proposals are due to ORSP (220 Morris Hall):
    • UWS Grant Transmittal form required - allow time for routing
    • If UW-L is the lead: on or before Friday, February 7, 2014
    • If UW-L is NOT the lead: by NOON on Monday, February 17, 2014
  • UWS deadline: due to Bob Jokisch at on or before Friday, February 21, 2014

Proposal Components - UW System Request for Proposals (RFP)

  • Cover page - available on the System website
  • Abstract - maximum 1 double-spaced page, 12-point font
  • Project narrative - see RFP for specific requirements
  • Budget form - available on the System website
  • Budget narrative - see RFP for requirements
  • Vitae - project director only - one page
  • Letters of support - required - see RFP for details

***Please note that proposals that do not follow the application requirements and/or page limits will not be reviewed.

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