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

UW maintains fourth place ranking in research expenditures among U.S. universities

For more than 25 years, UW-Madison has consistently ranked among the top five universities for research expenditures — money secured from all sources, federal, private and state. The university’s research enterprise is a powerful economic engine as well as a knowledge and innovation creator. The benefits are felt throughout the state and the world. More.

Mackie honored at the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium just as his latest startup shifts toward high gear

Thomas “Rock” Mackie, a scientist, entrepreneur and educator, has been honored with the 2015 Excellence in Entrepreneurial Education award for career-long assistance to students and faculty interested in starting businesses. More.

A UW-Madison student spinoff continues to Fetch rewards

It’s easy to be fans of UW-Madison spinoff Fetch – their focus is on making our lives easier in the grocery store check out. Now fueled by $8.5 million in capital and with 37 full-time employees in Madison they are looking to grow and find new talent. More.

Providing guest rooms, conference and meeting space for guests of the Office of Corporate Relations during campus visits.

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