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.
Lifelike Chemistry Created in Lab Search for Ways to Study Origin of Life
Discovery Fellow David Baum leads a team that has cultivated lifelike chemical reactions while pioneering a new strategy for studying the origin of life.
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Isthmus: Street Science
Isthmus covers Science to Street Art, a project from WID's Illuminating Discovery Hub.
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Handelsman Among Brava Magazine’s “STEM Superstars”
WID director Jo Handelsman was among four women profiled by Brava Magazine as STEM Superstars at UW–Madison.
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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.