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.
Meet Tiny Earth Director Sarah Miller
Sarah Miller was named the executive director of Tiny Earth this spring. We sat down with her to learn about her background and the future of Tiny Earth.
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WSJ: Wisconsin Institute for Discovery to Bring Scientific Street Art to Madison
The Wisconsin Institute for Discovery and the Madison Arts Commission are teaming up to create street art to boost interest in science, technology, engineering, the arts and math.
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Know Your Madisonian: Illumination is Goal of Discovery Hub Director Ginger Contreras
Ginger Ann Contreras, executive director of the Illuminating Discovery Hub at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at UW-Madison, is working to help create science-themed murals in Madison and promote accurate and diverse portrayals of scientists in entertainment.
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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.