A “Proof of Concept” center focused on commercializing research conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Dairy Research has been named by the U.S. Department of Commerce as one of seven third-round winners of the i6 Challenge.  

As one of the winners, the Wisconsin Innovates for Success Proof of Concept Center will receive up to $1 million in funding.

Other winners include a California Proof of Concept Center for the commercialization of sustainable agriculture technologies in the Sacramento region and the development of a central hub for digital innovation in Kansas City, Mo. Click here to see the full list of winners.

“The grants being announced today are an example of the Obama Administration’s commitment to driving U.S. innovation and competitiveness in the decade ahead,” Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank said in a news release. “The Department of Commerce’s i6 Challenge is designed to encourage Americans who want to take risks with game-changing ideas, speed their innovations to marketplace, and thereby empower the next generation of job creators that are so essential for an economy that is built to last.”

 The i6 challenge is a national multi-agency grant that encourages and rewards innovative, groundbreaking ideas that accelerate technology commercialization, new venture formation, job creation, and economic growth across the United States.