Improve the health of the people of Wisconsin by supporting and strengthening physicians' ability to practice high-quality patient care in a changing environment.

Grants, Awards and Mission-Related Investing

In addition to financial support and awards for students entering medicine, the Foundation recognizes physicians and other health care professionals striving to make a difference in their communities through our grant, awards and mission-related investing programs. Each year, the Foundation awards the Kenneth M. Viste, Jr., MD, Young Physician Leadership Award as well as grants for innovative health education initiatives and research throughout the state. The Foundation also is interested in investing in health technology innovation that has potential to improve the health of the people of Wisconsin.

Grant Program
The Foundation’s grant program provides support for innovative, physician-led, community-based or statewide health education initiatives and research projects aimed at improving health in Wisconsin. Past grant awards have ranged from $500 to $20,000 each. Our preference is to support innovative projects focused on prevention and having the potential for great impact, visibility and replication in other communities. We also offer some funding for physician education programs; for health outcomes research and dissemination of findings; and for mental health initiatives. Learn more about available grants here.

Each year, the Foundation awards the Kenneth M. Viste, Jr., MD, Young Physician Leadership Award to recognize a young physician who demonstrates a commitment to patients, community and the profession of medicine. The award is presented at the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Annual Meeting and includes a $1,000 contribution to a charitable organization selected by the recipient. Click here to learn more or to nominate a deserving, young physician.

The Houghton Award was established by Doctors John H. and William J. Houghton in the 1960s to honor medical students who show promise for becoming what the brothers referred to as “complete physicians”—those who excel in their knowledge of both the scientific and socioeconomic issues related to medicine. Each year, the Foundation recognizes two Houghton Award recipients: one from each of Wisconsin’s two medical schools (the Medical College of Wisconsin and the UW School of Medicine & Public Health). Click here to learn more.

The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation recognizes an outstanding Wisconsin physician as a Superhero of Medicine who Lives out the mission of the Foundation to an exemplary degree, going above and beyond to improve the health of their patients and/or community, and who is involved in a program of the Foundation or a project supported by the Foundation through a grant or other partnership. Click here to learn more or to nominate an outstanding physician.

Mission-Related Investment
The Foundation recognizes the important role that research, science and innovation play in providing physicians, communities and individuals the tools needed to improve health. For this reason, the Foundation has set aside a limited amount of funding for mission-related investment funding to qualified early stage companies with products aimed at improving health for the people of Wisconsin. These investments are intended to provide a positive programmatic and social benefit, while generating returns and contributing to the Foundation’s long-term financial stability and growth.

Early stage companies with products or services that have potential for improving the health of Wisconsinites or certain populations in the state are welcome to apply for funding. The mission-related investment guidelines can be found here. An online application for mission-related investing can be found here.

Champion of Veterans’ Health Award
In 2019 WPS Health Solutions with the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation created an award to recognize a Wisconsin physician who goes above and beyond to serve military veterans outside of the clinic. Recipients must be a licensed physician practicing in Wisconsin and currently involved with a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, research project or similar activities that benefit the health of military veterans beyond clinical patient care. Physicians may nominate themselves or be nominated by an individual or organization using a simple nomination form. Preference is given to a physician who is a current member of the Wisconsin Medical Society. Click here to learn more or to nominate an outstanding physician.

To support and learn more about grants, awards or mission-related investing, call 608.442.3789 or email Foundation Program Coordinator Elizabeth Ringle.