Expanding its research collaboration with the University of Wisconsin, Johnson Controls Inc. is funding projects in Madison that will research improving fuel efficiency for both start-stop and battery-electric vehicles.

The projects will be funded by Glendale-based Johnson Controls, which already has a research arrangement in place with both UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee.

The funding includes a gift of $500,000 for graduate students at UW-Madison. Two grad students, Jacob Dubie and Kevin Frankforter, will conduct the research as the first fellows under the new initiative, the company said. Read the full Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story here.