Our Mission

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) is driven by a mission to improve lives and our economy through education and research.  The UWM Research Foundation (UWMRF) was formed to strengthen that mission – through fostering cutting edge research, impacting the marketplace with that research, and enhancing the success of UWM students by arming them with skills in innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship.

$60M
IN UWM RESEARCH EXPENDITURES
$5.3M
AWARDED TO CATALYST WINNERS
42
UWMRF LICENSE/OPTION AGREEMENTS
93
UWMRF ISSUED/ALLOWED PATENTS
Intellectual Property

Fostering an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

The UWM Research Foundation is building and delivering programs that transform research and innovation at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee – including the Catalyst Grant Program, Ideas Challenge Program, and the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Program. By pairing strong science, entrepreneurship, and commercial potential, UWM’s faculty and students play an important role in strengthening the Milwaukee economy.

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STUDENT INTERACTIONS IN 2018 - 2019
16
UWM FACULTY STARTUPS
28
MILWAUKEE I-CORPS COMPANIES FORMED
135
MILWAUKEE I-CORPS TEAMS TRAINED

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