Discovery and Inspiration
without Boundaries

The Wisconsin Institute for Discovery is a research institute on the campus of the University of Wisconsin—Madison built to develop a new approach to science driven by unlikely collaborations and great minds from across the campus and the world.

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Researchers on the frontiers of their diverse fields gather at WID to do innovative, rigorous science and spearhead new initiatives in basic and applied research.
The big challenges facing humanity today can’t be met by individual scientific disciplines. At WID, we have a collaborative culture that abolishes disciplinary boundaries.
WID draws on a broad community across the UW-Madison campus, the state, and the world to identify and solve problems, bringing the Wisconsin Idea to life.
Strengths in data science, tissue engineering, nanomedicine, -omics, and complex systems enable WID to attack problems and enhance the health of people and the food supply.

Discovery Hubs

WID’s hubs act as integrators for the campus community, generating new ideas that nucleate new collaborative research projects. The hubs make use of WID expertise to provide services that assist other researchers in applying specialized tools to a range of problems extending far beyond the scope of WID’s programs. Explore WID’s Hubs:

Stories of Discovery

Research, outreach, and initiatives at WID embody the Wisconsin Idea — reaching beyond the walls of the institute and the UW campus and into the lives of citizens across the state, country, and world. See more Stories.
Generating Stem Cells: a Path to Greater Efficiency
A team of researchers at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery are combining computational and laboratory methods to more efficiently reprogram differentiated cells into induced pluripotent stem cells. Their work was published in Cell Reports on May 7, 2019.
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UW–Madison Researchers Earn Army Research Office Grant to Study Microbial Communication
WID Director Jo Handelsman and biochemistry professor Ophelia Venturelli are part of a multi-university interdisciplinary team awarded a grant to study information transmission in microbial communities and how biological networks communicate.
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The mission of WID is to discover and inspire through interdisciplinary research conducted in a dynamic, collaborative community. WID advances frontiers of knowledge, accelerates development of solutions, and engages the State of Wisconsin through interdisciplinary research.