Instructions for Submitting Proposals

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Step 1: Create a WISPER record for your proposal submission.

In general, the WISPER record will be completed in the same way that grant and contracts are typically completed. However, there some differences and special instructions listed below. 

    1. Special Instructions 
      1. General Tab
        1. Administering Department – Use your home department
        2. Document Type – Select FixPricCon
        3. Proposal Type –
          • Select New if this is first time submission.
          • Select Resubmission if this is a revised proposal from a previous round. Be sure to include the related reward record from the previous submission.
          • Select Continuation if this is the renewal of an ongoing project. Be sure to include the related reward record from the originally funded project.
        4. Sponsor – Select American Family Mutual Insurance
        5. Primary Sponsor –  Leave blank
        6. Submission Method – Select Email
        7. Submission Instructions – Type “Please review and  send to signing official for signature. Completed and signed submissions should be sent via email to in the American Family Insurance Data Science Institute.”
        8. The rest of this tab should be completed like any other grant or contract submission.
      2. Approvals Tab
        1. Initiate all required budget approvals for a grant/contract submission. This varies based on department and division, but often include:
          1. Home Department
          2. Other Involved Departments
          3. All relevant Division Approvals


Step 2: Complete the Components of the Application

Complete Applications will include:

  1. A Cover Sheet with Title, Author(s) and Abstract. The abstract should be written in non-technical language and limited to 250 words. If proposals are awarded funding, abstracts submitted will be shared in press releases and on the DSI website.
  2. A Statement of Work limited to 2 pages. All figures and graphs must be included within the page limit. Citations and references can be included in a separate document (see below). The Statement of work should include the following:
    • A Description of Project
      • What are the problem(s) you are trying to solve?
      • How is the problem relevant to one or more of the Topics of Interest to American Family?
      • What are the innovative features, the potential impact and the significance of the research
      • How will the project be transformative for the field? Why is this research important?
    • A List of Deliverables: These should be tangible deliverables. Examples include: code, reports (multiple or final), models, etc. Each deliverable should be noted as standard or proprietary based on the definitions found here.
  3. A Detailed Budget limited to 1 page. The budget should indicate the individual staff to be supported and other categories of funding that will be needed. Note that UW negotiated fringe and indirect cost rates should be included within the budget limits. We are using a MTDC budget model.
  4. A Budget Justification limited to 2 pages. This document should describe the role that all personnel will play in the project. Salary may be requested for faculty, scientists, post docs and graduate students. Supplies and equipment are also allowable expenses if justification for use in the project is provided.
  5. Optional Documents
    • References or Citations (2 page limit)

Step 3: Compile all Application Components into a Single PDF File

All documents created in Step 2 should be compiled into a single PDF file for submission. Documents should be in the order presented in Step 2. The final PDF file should then be attached to the WISPER record and routed for signatures from signing officials. Completed and signed submissions should be sent via email to in the American Family Insurance Data Science Institute.