UWM Discovery and Innovation Grant (DIG) Program
A detailed description of the program and the application is published in the Request for Proposals.
Step-by-step instructions, with screen-shots, on how to use the online application are also available. Here is the critical information:
You may work on the application incrementally, but you must mark each task Complete before you will be able to Review and Submit the Application.
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The DIG program supports high-quality, innovative, early-stage basic or applied research or creative projects that have the potential for later submission at three times the award value through external funding.
Applicants must have UWM faculty or academic staff appointments, Principal Investigator status, and the expectation of a continuing appointment. Lead PIs may submit only one proposal per application cycle, although they can be co-PIs on other proposals. Those who received an RGI award as a PI or co-PI with a start date of July 2018 or July 2019 or a DIG award that began July 2020 and those who are a PI on a current RACAS or ARC award are ineligible to apply for the current DIG funding cycle. Also, as a lead PI you may apply for the DIG or the ARC program this year, not both.
The maximum award is $125,000 for a single PI or $150,000 for multiple PIs (including fringe). Capital equipment requires at least a 50% match; the Office of Research will contribute a maximum of $15,000 toward capital purchases. Faculty may request one course release per person per award. Summer salary is also available (up to $8,000) if a portion of the research will occur outside the academic year calendar.
Proposals are reviewed externally.