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The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation has awarded over $80 million to UW-Madison and the Morgridge Institute for Research for the 2017-2018 school year, so researchers can continue to “dream big.”

UW-Madison was given $61.9 million by WARF and Morgridge was given $19 million. This does not include WARF’s in-kind support for patents, licensing and other expenses.

“WARF invests in the research and extraordinary ideas of UW-Madison,” said managing director Erik Iverson. “The annual grant is one way we are helping our campus partners continue to dream big and solve the most pressing problems of our time.”

The grant to UW-Madison includes: $12 million to retain and recruit faculty; $11.5 million for graduate student support; $10.8 million for the Fall Research Competition; and $9.4 million for UW2020, the WARF Discovery Initiative.

“The annual award from WARF helps give our university a margin of excellence in research and innovation,” said Chancellor Rebecca Blank. “WARF provides critical support for our faculty, staff and students, and gives them the flexibility needed to jump-start important new lines of research.”

The $19 million grant to Morgridge, a private, nonprofit institute on campus that started in 2003 as a partnership with UW-Madison, WARF and alumni John and Tashia Morgridge, will allow the institute to continue working on its main focus of biomedical research.

“Through our private status, and close collaboration with the university, we will continue to make unique contributions to Wisconsin’s biomedical research landscape,” said Morgridge CEO Brad Schwartz.

“WARF invests in the research and extraordinary ideas of UW-Madison.” Erik Iverson, WARF managing director
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Bill Novak is a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.