Academic Partner Opportunity

Opportunity Summary

The Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment is evolving its model of matching community and academic partners to collaborate on AHW-funded projects, incorporating feedback about how to make the most of these powerful relationships. The new model will involve a pool of pre-approved MCW faculty to serve as academic partners on funded Community-Led Seed Grant projects. 

Selected MCW Principal Investigators (PIs) will receive funding to serve in pre-defined key roles in fulfillment of community-identified needs, as outlined in grant funding applications. 

To be eligible, applicants must be full-time or full professional effort MCW faculty members with the rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor, and have a primary appointment in the School of Medicine. 
MCW faculty should be able to commit 10% or 20% FTE at the time of application to engage with one or two Community-Led Seed Grant projects over 12 to 18 months, starting in 2025. 


How to Apply

Eligible MCW faculty should click "Apply Now" below to submit their application via an online form. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. CDT on Monday, April 1, 2024.

Schedule a Pre-Application Consultation

AHW highly encourages interested applicants to connect with our team to discuss your project idea. Our goal is to help you.

Reach out to Benjamin Martinez with AHW's grants management team today!

Potential Roles for MCW PIs

Implementation partner

Supporting on-the-ground project implementation, engaging closely with the community partner to carry out the community-drive implementation plan included in the approved community-led proposal.

Health-related content expert

Lending expertise in a specific health-related area in alignment with the focus of the community-led project. Expertise and insight shared may support the community to more effectively implement, evaluate, and sustain their work.

Evaluation-related partner

Supporting the community partner to develop evaluation plans and materials for the community-driven work included in the approved community-led proposal to demonstrate the success of their efforts.

Data collection and analysis partner

Actively engaging in data collection and analysis in alignment with the community-driven work included in the approved community-led proposal, such as by leading focus groups or survey efforts.

Policy and systems change partner

Serving as a thought partner to the community, supporting idea generation and non-lobbying advocacy efforts to inform policy and systems change beyond the project period and as a result of the community-driven work included in the approved community-led proposal.