Call for Applications: Innovations to Advance Wisconsin’s Health Workforce

Funding summary

Funds Available: Up to $3 million total is available to support approximately three to six meritorious community-led collaboration projects and approximately three to six meritorious MCW-led collaboration projects, with each project requesting between $250,000 and $400,000.


Application Deadline: November 22, 2019 at 5:00 PM CST


Funding Details: AHW’s Call for Innovations to Advance Wisconsin’s Health Workforce aims to support the development of innovative and sustainable programs, tools, and resources to support ongoing workforce development among Wisconsin’s current health research, health care, and community health improvement workforces and the next generation of leaders in these fields. Funding is available for project teams who have identified a Wisconsin-based health workforce development need supported by appropriate data and evidence, and who propose a feasible, innovative resource as a solution to address the need.

Funded projects will be expected to:

  • Build, develop, and/or adapt a resource to support development of Wisconsin’s health workforce that delivers content in actionable formats that incorporate best practices in adult learning and develop sustainability, promotion, and evaluation plans for the resource
  • Test and pilot the resource and evaluation approach and refine the resource based on initial outcomes to ensure it meets the identified need, serves to advance the desired health workforce(s) in Wisconsin, and is accessible to reach the desired sectors and fields of the health workforce where they are and when support is needed
  • Institutionalize the resulting resource and its associated sustainability, promotion, and evaluation plans into an existing system to support ongoing accessibility, promotion, and evaluation of impact on Wisconsin’s health workforce
  • Commit to long-term evaluation of the impact of the resource to demonstrate workforce advancements and impact on Wisconsin’s health beyond the project period

application resources

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  Who can apply for the Call for Innovations to Advance Wisconsin’s Health Workforce?

This opportunity is open to eligible community-led collaboration projects and MCW-led collaboration projects. All LOIs and full proposals for this funding opportunity must be submitted jointly by a project team of individuals and organizations collectively bringing the necessary experience, influence, and expertise to carry out the proposed project. All successful project teams will reflect the principles outlined in AHW’s Community-Academic Partnership Model (PDF) in their project team structure and practices. See the Eligibility section of the RFA for details.

  What are allowable expenses under this funding opportunity?

Funds may only be used for direct, project-related expenses. Please review a complete list of Allowable and Unallowable Costs (PDF) as you prepare your application. A detailed budget is not required in the LOI application, but those advancing to the full proposal stage will be required to submit a detailed budget at that stage.

In addition, AHW funds may not supplant funds or resources otherwise available. Please see AHW Supplanting Criteria (PDF) for details.

  How long does the application process take? When will award announcements be made?

The Call for Innovations to Advance Wisconsin’s Health Workforce application is a two-step application process. Key dates include:

  • November 22, 2019: Letters of Intent (LOI) Due
  • January 10, 2020: Full Proposal Invitations
  • March 27, 2020: Full Proposals Due
  • July 1, 2020: Award Start

Please see the full RFA for review criteria and details regarding each application stage.

  If selected, what are the reporting requirements?

Progress reports, site visits, conference calls, and other periodic project updates are required throughout the duration of the project. Please see the Reporting Requirements section of the RFA for details.

Have Questions?

We’re here to help. For questions or further information on this funding opportunity, contact Tracy Wilson at or (414) 955-4364.

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