Annual Call for Proposals to Develop Cultivars or Other Plant Germplasm


Call for Proposals (Word doc)

A Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) was entered into by The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System on behalf of the Graduate School and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (“CALS”) of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (“University”), the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (“WARF”), and the Wisconsin Crop Improvement Association (“WCIA”).  WCIA is a non-profit organization started by faculty and housed in Moore Hall on the UW-Madison campus.  Historically, WCIA has been involved in seed certification and in helping faculty develop, release and evaluate cultivars.

Approximately $100,000 per year will be available to support the development of cultivars and other plant germplasm, and for which rights are or will be assigned to WARF. A committee with representation from WARF, WCIA, CALS, and CALS Departments of Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Pathology will evaluate the proposals for germplasm to be developed, the research plan including development tasks, and the budget requested. Development tasks may be carried out by WCIA as appropriate.

Cultivars and other plant germplasm developed with the use of these funds must be unencumbered by intellectual property rights for agreements with entities other than WARF and WCIA.  Exceptions may be made after negotiations by WARF.  The review committee will consider the prospects for the proposal to yield a commercial product in the near future, alternate sources of funding for the development work, potential marketability for the product and expected revenue return, previous successes and progress from prior funding from this source and the scope of the project relative to the scientists’ overall germplasm program.

September 1, 2018 through December 31, 2019
A Final Report will be due February 28, 2020 and is required to receive future funding from this program.

For additional information, see the full Call for Proposals or contact:

Michell Sass

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