Research and Expertise

UW–Madison is a research powerhouse with an infrastructure to transform discoveries into resources and products that address real-world issues. It offers business and industry the expertise and opportunities to form collaborations and partnerships. Explore the opportunities below or contact a liaison from OCR.

UW–Madison Researchers

Use the Wisconsin Discovery Portal database to find experts on your topic. The database provides profiles on more than 2,500 researchers at UW–Madison. You can search the database in a variety of ways:

  • by expertise in a particular field;
  • for researchers with existing/current collaborations with industry; or
  • for researchers that are available for collaboration.

Research Centers

UW–Madison boasts more than 200 research centers, consortia and related groups, and regularly adds programming to address critical issues. Don’t see your industry or topic on the list? Ask an OCR liaison.

Research Partnership Opportunities

The Office of Industrial Partnerships provides institutional review and negotiation of agreements supporting partnership relationships, and serves as a point of contact for UW investigators and industry partners.

Contracted Research Opportunities

The UW–Madison academic and scientific environment extends its infrastructure and expertise to business and industry. Explore the opportunities available in the areas that include:

International Expertise

The International Division serves business, government and the public in an age of globalization. The Division houses the Institute for Regional International Studies, which features internationally focused research centers and departments that provide programs, strategy, analysis and education.

UW–Madison’s International Internship Program develops a global talent pool to serve the needs of state, national and international employers.


UW Innovation in Action

Honors for UW-Madison researchers taking on the Zika outbreak and life threatening airway obstructions during surgery

UW–Madison inventors have filed more than 400 disclosures with the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) in the last 12 months. The top ideas, demonstrating the most “sensational ideas being developed across disciplines” were honored this week, offering a glimpse into the future of innovation and discovery at UW.

Flexible educational programs bring the UW to professionals across the state

Chancellor Blank:  “Education is changing rapidly, and UW-Madison is leading the charge by developing ever more accessible ways for adults to participate. Just as much as our cutting-edge research, our outreach to the state’s workforce fuels the economy. These flexible programs provide lifelong learners with new job skills and create a whole new group of Badger alumni.” More

Innovative UW master’s program links science, business and law

Biotech is big, and UW-Madison’s M.S. in Biotechnology program is paving the way for other institutions with its avant-garde curriculum. The program’s cross-disciplinary approach prepares students in a wide variety of fields to be leaders of promising new technologies that are penetrating all sectors of the economy. More.

UW-Madison Business Engagement Day on Campus OCR Events Calendar

About OCR

The Office of Corporate Relations is strategically positioned within the Chancellor’s Economic Development Team. Our mission is to help businesses of all sizes connect to the resources of UW–Madison. We help solve business challenges, create new products, and help to grow the economy. Contact us with your question.

Contact Us

UW–Madison Office of Corporate Relations
455 Science Drive, Suite 230
Madison, WI 53711-1077

Phone: 1-877--OCR-WISC (1-877-627-9472)
Fax: 608-263-2841