Rockwell Catalyst Grant Program
Overview: The UWM Research Foundation’s Catalyst Grant Program in Advanced Automation is designed to seed promising early stage research in the area of advanced automation. Rockwell Automation, the program’s sponsor, has committed $850,000 over a period of five years to the program. The long-term objective of the program is to build research capabilities in the area of advanced automation, strengthen corporate partnerships with regional companies, foster collaborative research, and create opportunities for internships and employment of UWM students and graduates.
Research Areas in Advanced Automation: UWM industry partners, including Rockwell Automation, are interested in building research capabilities at UWM in areas viewed as critical to technology evolution in advanced automation:
Program Design: Investigators are asked to submit proposal and budget. These will be reviewd internally by the UWM Research Foundation for qualification and programmatic criteria. Selected proposals will be reviewed by external reviewers. Final selection of grants for funding will be made by a committee of the UWM Research Foundation.
- Software and Manufacturing Informatics
- Sensors and Devices
- Advanced Materials
- Energy Research
Qualification Criteria: All grant applications will be screened for initial qualification criteria upon receipt of proposals.
- Field of Study – as specified by the donor, the fields of study must be in software/informatics, sensors/devices, advanced materials or energy
- UWM Researchers – project is for UWM-based research
- Funding Period – funding period shall be for one year; applicants may seek additional funding in future years
- Amount of Funding – awards are targeted in the amount of $60,000.
Programmatic Criteria: (evaluated by Research Foundation committee)
- Field of study supports growth of UWM’s capabilities in advanced automation; interdisciplinary collaborations are encouraged
- Potential for commercial return – including intellectual property, licensing revenue, corporate partnerships, and/or start-up companies
Scientific Evaluation Criteria: Full proposals will be evaluated by external scientific reviewers who will be asked to rank proposals against national standards (top 10%, next 40%, bottom 50%).