About Us


Wisconsin Security Research Consortium (WSRC) enhances Wisconsin’s’ position to attract and retain research and development grants from federal government agencies for the purpose of conducting sensitive academic and business research and related development work.This research will contribute to the health, safety and security of citizens of the United States, regardless of where they live. The WSRC will facilitate R&D projects involving academic research institutions and companies in Wisconsin in concert with federal agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense/DARPA, the Department of Agriculture and related federal agencies. WSRC works with Wisconsin companies and academic institutions to secure federal and research dollars.


What we do

Here’s how WSRC helps Wisconsin academic institutions, researchers and businesses secure sensitive R&D grants:

  1. Market Wisconsin’s core competencies in technologies related to homeland security and other federal needs.
  2.  Advise companies applying for federal grants and seeking federal contracts.
  3.  Provide a pathway to federal opportunities for Wisconsin professors and researchers.
  4.  Establish a system to easily facilitate questions from businesses in search of UW System or private college expertise.
  5.  Organize teams of research, development and tech transfer experts to meet specific needs.
  6.  Create networking and collaborative opportunities for researchers, business members and federal contacts.
  7.  Where necessary, designate the independent, non-profit WSRC to serve as a “catch point” for federal R&D dollars in sensitive research areas.


Areas of focus

The Wisconsin Security Research Consortium works to meet the following Homeland Security needs:

  1. Prevention:  Biometrics, vaccines, intelligent systems, composites, food and water safety, vector-borne diseases, explosion detection and cargo screening systems are examples.
  2. Detection:  Bio and radiation sensors and training.
  3. Reaction:  Emergency Medical Service equipment, mass data storage, communications and computer modeling.
  4. Recovery:  Biomediation and decontamination.
Wisconsin R&D assets include but are not limited to the following:

  • Alternative Energy and Conservation
  • Biometrics
  • Biosensors
  • Blood research
  • Detection Technology
  • Engineering Physics
  • Extreme Materials
  • Food & Water Safety
  • Geospatial Imaging
  • Kinesiology
  • Medical devices
  • Natural Resources
  • Physiology
  • Power Systems Solutions
  • Rapid analysis of biological samples
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Radio-frequency Identification (RFID)
  • Risk assessment / analysis
  • Robotics
  • Social & Behavioral Science
  • Space Technology
  • Virology
  • Zoonotics