University of Wisconsin–Madison
Preschool children

WECP Research

Proposal FAQs

Who can submit a proposal?

Only Waisman Center faculty members and academic staff with PI status (collectively referred to hereinafter as “investigators”) may submit research proposals. Other Waisman Center staff, trainees, and students must collaborate with a Waisman Center investigator in proposing research.  Proposals from Waisman Center affiliates or investigators who are external to the Waisman Center will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Please contact the CTC research coordinator for more information.

When should you submit a proposal?

Early submission is encouraged. If possible, submit your proposal during the initial steps of your project (e.g., request for letter of support, grant application, prior to IRB application). The review process is designed to be a tool to ensure that the research activities are congruent with the Waisman Center mission and WECP priorities, policies and procedures.

Although research proposals may be submitted to the CTC research coordinator prior to UW-Madison IRB approval, implementation of research activities will not occur until IRB approval is obtained.

What activities do not require review?

Some activities are exempt from this review process:

    • Requests to distribute recruitment materials to WECP families for studies that will occur outside of the school setting and school day should be submitted directly to the CTC research coordinator. Please include a copy of the material and your IRB approval letter.
    • Projects initiated by WECP and conducted exclusively for quality improvement or program evaluation purposes (i.e., needs assessment) do not constitute human subject research and should be discussed with the WECP Director prior to implementation.