One was honored with a Kellett Mid-Career Award, three received H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowships, and one was appointed a WARF Named Professorship. Two earned a Vilas Faculty Mid-Career Investigator Awards, and another earned a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professorship. In addition, one faculty member is the lead investigator on a project funded through the latest round of the Research Forward program.

“Our faculty’s continued selection for UW–Madison’s most prestigious honors highlights their incredibly impactful advancement of our missions of research, service, and education,” said Dean Robert N. Golden, MD. “Congratulations to these outstanding colleagues and their collaborators, including the staff, students, and fellow faculty members who contribute to their success.”

Some of the awards are made possible because of discoveries by UW–Madison faculty and staff that lead to patent-protected inventions. Intellectual property that arises from these efforts is licensed by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), and the resulting royalty income is shared between the inventor group, their department, and an investment portfolio that benefits the university by generating a stream of income used to provide WARF’s annual grant to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education, where it is used to fund research activities, including some of these awards.

Kellett Mid-Career Award

Kellett Mid-Career Awards support those who are seven to 20 years past their first promotion to a tenured position. The award was created to provide support and encouragement to faculty at a critical stage of their careers. The honor, named for the late William R. Kellett, a former president of the WARF board of trustees and president of Kimberly-Clark Corporation, comes with $75,000 that may be spent over five years.

Read the full UW press release here