The Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment is a competitive grant program that fosters public engagement and the advancement of the Wisconsin Idea, the notion that the knowledge and solutions generated at UW-Madison will benefit the people of Wisconsin, the nation, and the world.
The Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment supports the development of:
- New and innovative projects
- New dimensions to existing translational outreach
- Public engagement activities
- Community-based research
The grant program honors the legacy of Ira Baldwin and Ineva Reilly Baldwin and their deep commitment to the Wisconsin Idea. Learn about the Baldwin family.
All UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students are eligible to apply.
Successful proposals clearly aim to extend and apply UW-Madison research, education and clinical knowledge in partnership with community and off-campus organizations or co-sponsors to help address challenges and/or disseminate knowledge.
Funds are not intended to:
- Duplicate existing outreach projects
- Provide bridge funding for established programs
- Replace activities that are a part of a unit’s normal operation
- Support the development of new undergraduate or graduate courses or student recruitment programs
The Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment offers two types of grants: Project Grants and Seed Project Grants. The number of grants awarded each year is determined by the annual income from the Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment.
- Maximum award is $120,000
- Project duration range of one to three years
Seed Project Grants
- Maximum award is $4,000
- Project duration varies
- Ideal for smaller projects or preliminary efforts to foster innovation and experimentation