UW-Madison will share in a $3.2 million grant designed to help address a nursing shortage and receive another $2.4 million for a tech startup program under an initiative meant to spur job growth across the state.
The University of Wisconsin System on Friday announced the distribution of $22.5 million over the next two years in state-funded Incentive Grants designed to create a stronger workforce and boost Wisconsin’s economy.
Four UW campuses — Madison, Eau Claire, Milwaukee and Oshkosh — will share in more than $3.2 million to help provide more nurses as the Baby Boomer generation ages.
The program will increase nursing program faculty, expand student enrollment in nursing and support workforce development in the field.
The Igniter program at UW-Madison, designed to boost “technology commercialization,” will receive an additional $2.4 million.
Other grants include:
• $3 million to UW-Whitewater and UW-Milwaukee for a Water Technology Accelerator.
• $2.45 million to UW-Whitewater, UW-Milwaukee and UW-Parkside for a research and training center focused on the commercialization of intensive aquaculture and aquaponics.
• $1 million to the UW-Extension for the Capital Catalyst Commercialization Seed Fund.
• $3 million to UW-Milwaukee and UW-Parkside for the SE Wisconsin Applied Chemistry Center of Excellence.
• To UW-Stevens Point, $2.8 million for development of biorefinery technologies and $1.4 million for innovation in specialty papers and packaging.
Judges for the Incentive Grants included 15 business, industry and university representatives from throughout the state.