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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Bold
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.
Integrative
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.
Engaged
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.
Nimble
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.
Fall ‘Crossroads’ Topics Include Trade Policy Models, Climate Change and More
The fall Crossroads of Ideas series kicks off in the Discovery Building on Tuesday, September 24 at 7:00 pm. WID researchers will be featured throughout the fall series.
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Tiny Capsules Packed with Gene-Editing Tools Offer Alternative to Viral Delivery of Gene Therapy
An interdisciplinary pair of WID researchers has developed a new nanocapsule delivery method for delivering the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing tool. The new system could be used for many types of gene therapies.
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Wisconsin Institute for Discovery Hires Derrick L. Smith as Development Director
Smith, who also currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Urban League of Greater Madison and as a member of the Agrace Hospice Foundation Board, is responsible for all aspects of the institute’s development efforts including strategic planning, donor relations and stewardship of major gifts.
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Mission

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.