Transforming Research and Innovation at UWM

The UWM Research Foundation was launched in 2006 to complement the UWM Foundation, Inc., and support research and innovation at UW-Milwaukee. The UWM Research Foundation would not be possible without the support of forward-looking organizations and Foundations. We are deeply grateful to the Bradley Foundation, the Herzfeld Foundation, Rockwell Automation Charitable Corporation, GE Healthcare as well as others who see the value in our efforts.

UWM students discuss their Business Model Canvas for a new startup (11-11-17)
UWM's Dr. Jun Zhang (right) collaborates with Brian Kost (left) of GE Healthcare.
UWM's Dr. AkkeNeel Talsma mentors students at the Healthcare Hack-a-thon (10-20-17)

Furthering the development of knowledge

In 2016, UWM was designated as an R-1 research intensive university by the Carnegie Classification System of Higher Education placing UWM among 115 top-tier research institutions in the nation out of more than 4,600 institutions. The UWMRF continues to help create an environment that attracts, retains, and supports innovative researchers who contribute to this important distinction by building and delivering programs that transform research and innovation at the UWM – including the Catalyst Grant Program and an array of entrepreneurship and innovation programs.


Investing in promising early-stage research at UWM to foster ideas with strong commercialization potential.


The UWMRF manages UWM intellectual property as an asset to strengthen the research mission and enhance the success of our partners.


UWMRF fosters strategic partnerships that expand entrepreneurship and research across UWM and Milwaukee.


Programming that helps transform the UWM entrepreneurial experience.


The Milwaukee I-Corps program links five area universities to help researchers explore markets and develop new enterprises.