University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

UW Internal Funding Opportunities


UW School of Medicine and Public Health

UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR)

UW Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (VCRGE)

Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF)

William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital Office of Research

  • The William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital has an active research program focused on health issues that affect Veterans. VA-funded investigators direct preclinical, clinical, and health services research projects. More than half of them also provide direct patient care, enabling a rapid translation from bench to bedside. Current areas of focus include endocrinology, infectious disease, aging, cancer, neurological disorders, and Gulf War Illness. The Madison VA is also home to a Geriatrics Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC), one of only 20 nationwide.

    The VA has an intramural funding program that supports investigators conducting Veteran-centric research. In 2019, a nationwide research budget of $727 million supported over 2,000 projects. Funding opportunities are available to clinicians and non-clinicians, and for both early career and established researchers.

    The Merit Award is the principal mechanism to support investigator-initiated research and is similar in duration and budget to an NIH R01 award. Career development and pilot awards are also offered. To be funded by the VA, the investigator must hold a VA appointment of at least 5/8ths (required at the time of funding, not the time of submission). If you are interested in joining the VA research program or applying for VA funding, please contact Dr. Nasia Safdar at