The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) has granted the university $80 million for the 2019-20 academic year. The announcement capped off WARF’s Innovation Day, a celebration of campus inventors held at Monona Terrace.

WARF also announced $11.9 million in grants to the Morgridge Institute for Research. Combined, WARF’s investment in UW–Madison-based research and education is approximately $91.9 million for 2019-20.

The grant figures were released the same night as two research teams took home WARF Innovation Awards for their outstanding technological achievements. They are: Mark Saffman (physics) who has developed simplified optical hardware for quantum computing; and Ophelia Venturelli, Philip Romero and Ryan Hsu (biochemistry) for developing a microfluidic tool for mapping how bacteria interact in complex communities.

Philip Romero, Ophelia Venturelli, Ryan Hsu (not pictured); Mark Saffman

Philip Romero, Ophelia Venturelli, Ryan Hsu (not pictured); Mark Saffman

An independent panel of judges selected the Innovation Award winners from a field of six finalists drawn from approximately 350 invention disclosures submitted to WARF over the past 12 months. The winning teams each receive an award of $10,000 to support their continued research.

Learn more about Innovation Day and the six award finalists here. Read the full story here.