Call for Collaborative Research Projects for Improved Health

Funding summary

Funds Available: Each project can be awarded up to $250,000 for the award period. AHW anticipates making up to six meritorious awards.


Application Deadline: August 19, 2019 at 5:00 PM CST


Funding Timeline: Project funding will begin July 1, 2020. Projects should be conducted over a 24-month period. No-cost extensions are not allowed.


Funding Details: It is becoming widely accepted that collaboration in science is necessary to solve the complex health problems facing our society and to move important discoveries from the lab to the clinic and beyond. Recognizing that there are many paths to success, AHW seeks to support investigator collaborations to stimulate development of innovative research and discovery, strengthen academic capacity, and increase translation and dissemination of new knowledge.

AHW’s Call for Collaborative Research Projects for Improved Health aims to foster new or enhanced collaborations along the T0-T5 spectrum to support research aligned with AHW’s three focus areas of heart health, healthy minds, and/or cancer. This opportunity is open to full-time or full-professional effort MCW faculty within the MCW School of Medicine, and projects should be feasible to complete within a 24-month period, without the option for no-cost extensions.

Promising initiatives funded through this call will:

  • Strategically leverage new collaborative partnerships to bring together different skills, resources, and expertise, and align with one of the four collaboration categories identified in the RFA. Established partnerships will enhance their team dynamic by adding new expertise to take their work to the next level.
  • Provide a strong rationale for the proposed work as a new path of study, barrier that must be overcome, and/or importance to integrate new research perspectives.
  • Demonstrate the significance and immediate or eventual health impact of their work on Wisconsin communities.

Preference will be given to research in alignment with AHW’s focus areas of improving heart health, supporting healthy minds, and dismantling cancer. Approximately six meritorious awards will be granted through this funding cycle, with four awards reserved for projects aligning with AHW’s focus areas. Up to two awards will be granted for work outside of AHW’s focus areas in alignment with MCW School of Medicine research priorities.

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  Who can apply for the Call for Collaborative Research Projects for Improved Health opportunity?

Applicants must be full-time or full-professional effort MCW faculty within the MCW School of Medicine.

Successful research teams will be new or enhanced collaborations which involve one Principle Investigator (PI) and at least one Co-Investigator* with substantial roles in the project (minimum of 5 percent FTE each). Teams must represent one of four collaboration categories outlined in the RFA. *Co-I/Collaborator requirements vary by collaboration category. 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 Direct, Indirect, 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.

Further details on AHW financial compliance requirements can be found in the full RFA.

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

The Call for Collaborative Research Projects for Improved Health application is a two-step application process. Key dates include:

  • August 19, 2019: Letter of Intent (LOI) Applications Due
  • November 4, 2019: Full Proposal Invitation
  • January 13, 2020: Full Proposal Applications Due
  • April 27, 2020: Notification of Awards
  • 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?

Funded projects will provide progress reports twice throughout the life of the award, at the end of the first and second project years. Year one progress reports are due one month following the completion of the first year. Final (year two) progress reports are due no later than sixty (60) days after the award end date. Failure to provide a progress report could result in termination of the project and/or ineligibility for future AHW funding.

Have Questions?

We’re here to help. For questions or further information on this funding opportunity, contact Kristen Gardner-Volle at (414) 955-4754 or

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