Lightning Funding Award

UW–Madison trainees and researchers interested in obtaining funding to support research direct costs should consider applying for a REC Lightning Funding Award. Award amounts range between $500 and $5,000.

The mission of the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center Research Education Component (REC) is to inspire and train the next generation of Alzheimer's disease researchers. We do this by supporting educational and career development activities and promoting Alzheimer's disease-centered research instruction that helps researchers become independent future Alzheimer's disease research leaders.

Funding could be used to support research/experimental supplies including the following:

  • Animal costs
  • Software
  • Assay kits (biomarker and other assays)
  • Genotyping 
  • Data costs 
  • Neuroimaging costs

If you are unsure and need clarification about what may be covered, please email the REC.


Recipients must be students or staff at UW–Madison and must meet the following criteria:

  • Undergraduate through junior faculty
  • Engaged in a current research project connected to Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder
  • Provide evidence that funds can be used during COVID-19 restrictions (example: an approved IRB or IACUC)

Application Review Timeline

Applications are due by: January 11, 2021

Applicants will be notified by: February 1, 2021

Payment must be completed by: March 15, 2021

It is imperative that funding be spent and invoiced by mid-March 2021. No extensions or exceptions can be made.

How to Apply

Fill out this survey. Be prepared to include the following information:

  • Current role/education level, student status, lab affiliation
  • Describe the aims of your research project
  • Rationale: How will this funding support/impact your research?
  • Estimated budget: Please include the cost of supplies, their intended use, and supplier’s contact information.
  • Explain how these funds will be able to be used virtually or during COVID-19 restrictions.
  • Applicant’s biosketch (view examples and formatting instructions)
  • Request advisor’s approval. Your advisor does not need to fill out a formal letter of recommendation; rather they will be sent an email with a link where they will be asked to verify that you will be using this funding for said expenses and research. Also note that this approval must come from a UW–Madison faculty member who will vouch for the fact that these funds will be used for research conducted as part of your UW–Madison school experience.
  • You will be asked to agree to the following terms: "After the project/funding is complete, you will need to write a summary about how the funding impacted or benefited your research and credit the Wisconsin ADRC REC funding in any publications or presentations that were impacted."

Review and Notification

Applications will be reviewed by the REC leadership team to ensure that the applications meet the aims of the REC, which are to train and enhance Alzheimer's disease and research skills training for researchers. If your application meets these aims, is complete, and correctly submitted, you will receive a notification of the award decision via email by the notification deadline indicated. Once notified of an award decision, you should follow the instructions in the award letter to officially accept the award. Please note that not all applications may be fully funded. Matching funding is viewed favorably, but is not required. Not all qualifying applications will be funded.