Getting started with tech for researchers

Last updated July 26, 2022

UW–‍Madison ranks as one of the most prolific research universities in the world. The research happening on our campus ranges from experimenting in the lab to cure diseases, to analyzing the mysteries of the universe, to studying neutrinos in the South Pole, to high throughput computing. And that’s just scratching the surface! No matter what the research is, technology plays a key role. This guide is meant to be a high level overview of the technologies provided by UW–‍Madison that may help you with your research.

A great starting point is your local IT staff (if available). They may have great information about the resources you have locally to help with your research. Additionally, Campus Computing Infrastructure (CCI) staff can answer any questions you may have and connect you with the right group. Contact CCI at

Basic resources

Speedometer pegged over wifi symbol

High-speed networking, internet


Line art image of a cloud with a down arrow

Free & low-cost software

Learn more

Line art image of a calendar with an envelope on it

Campus-wide email & calendaring

Office 365

Line art image of arrow going into and out of a cloud in a circle

50GB free collaborative storage


Research IT services


Save money, time, printing, and mailing costs by using ASG-Cypress to help create easily shareable online reports.

Center for High Throughput Computing

CHTC supports a variety of scalable computing capabilities, including high-throughput computing (HTC), tightly-coupled computations (e.g. "MPI"), high-memory, and GPUs.

Electronic lab notebooks

Electronic Lab Notebooks can be used to record and document the research process and to manage digital research data.


Globus is a web-based platform for research that supports secure data sharing, big data transfers, data lifecycle automation and secure sharing with collaborators at other institutions.

Research Cyberinfrastructure Consulting

What can you expect when you engage with a Research Cyberinfrastructure analyst from the Office of the CTO about a research project or proposal? A professional who is: Experienced with research workflows and data lifecycles …

Research storage (ResearchDrive)

ResearchDrive provides secure, shareable, research storage space on the UW–‍Madison campus network for a variety of research purposes.

Surveys (Qualtrics)

Easily create surveys, collect and store data, and produce reports.

Teaching & research application development

The Teaching & Research Application Development service creates applications to meet teaching, learning, and research needs.

Additional services

Browser window

Free research-website hosting

DoIT web hosting

Line art image of a server stack

Server, hosting, storage,

Campus Computing Infrastructure


Line art image of a lock with a red cross

free, online file storage for ePHI


Survey feedback

Learn more

Other key resources

Shield with document

Gather, distribute, preserve materials


Line art image of a gear encircled by arrows

Division of Information Technology

Learn more

Guide document

Institutes for Discovery researcher info

Research Resource Guide

Get research help

The Campus Computing Infrastructure (CCI) initiative staff can also answer any questions you may have, or connect you with the right group.

Email us