Faculty Resources

Neal Family Chair Funding Request

The Neal Family Chair Endowment offers funding to faculty members with the intention of supporting small research endeavors or to provide starting support towards larger research projects. Funding requests of $2000 and under will be considered on a rolling basis. Funding requests of over $2000 should be submitted by November 1st during the Fall 2019 semester, or March 2nd in the Spring 2020 semester.

Funding criteria includes: Policy relevance (necessary condition), intellectual quality, value for money (impact relative to cost), and potential to contribute to the School’s stature.

For more information and the complete application, please see contact Alasdair Young (alasdair.young@gatech.edu) or Chris McDermott (chris.mcdermott@gatech.edu).

Strategic Energy Institute

Funding is available through the Strategic Energy Institute to support research and outreach activities that promote thought leadership on energy issues. Proposals that may be considered include activities that range from one day up to two years and from a few hundred dollars up to a maximum of $40,000 per year (direct costs and no tuition charged). Second-year funding for any two-year proposals are influenced by the efforts of the principal investigator to engage external resources by the end of the first year.

This Strategic Energy Institute funding program solicits thought leadership planning and/or convening proposals with a particular emphasis on activities where external funding is difficult to obtain, yet that are important in terms of promoting one of the following three SEI goals:

  1. Developing and nurturing the energy research community across the campus and in the state
  2. Growing the resource base for Georgia Tech energy research
  3. Growing the thought leadership projected by Georgia Tech

For example, we want to facilitate planning activities that define frameworks, develop roadmaps, and convene thought-leaders around complex energy issues. Proposals that link up groups across different colleges and campus units such as GTRI and EII are highly encouraged, particularly those that integrate technical discipline expertise with system analyses or economics/policy/business aspects.

Thought leadership Proposals submitted under this program can span activities ranging from a few hundred dollars up to a maximum of $5,000 and can span time ranges from one day up to one year.

Activities contemplated under this RFP are not limited to, but could include:

  • Pre-planning activities or team development for integrated techno-economic studies that frame issues and define frameworks for thinking through complex, integrated energy problems.

  • Financial and organizational support for internal workshops to organize ourselves internally, either toward some anticipated opportunity or to help frame and define an external opportunity.

  • Financial and organizational support for external workshops to develop consensus or recommendations around some energy issue.

  • Financial support for pulling together proposals in response to large external solicitations.

This list is certainly not comprehensive and we look forward to the novel and thought provoking ideas which will come out of the proposed planning activities. Please note that this RFP is NOT soliciting technical research proposals. Questions may be directed to Mary Hallisey at mhallisey@gatech.edu.

Denning Global Engagement Seed Fund

The Office of the Vice-Provost for International Initiatives (VPII) seeks to seed-fund exploratory initiatives in global engagement. This program is funded through the generous support provided in the establishment of the Steven A. Denning Chair in Global Engagement, currently held by the Vice Provost for International Initiatives.

Goal 4 of the Georgia Tech strategic plan is to “Expand Our Global Footprint and Influence to Ensure That We Are Graduating Good Global Citizens” with specific strategies to a) Expand the World’s Footprint at Georgia Tech; b) Extend and leverage Georgia Tech’s impact around the world; and c) Embrace and support globally engaged students. Implementation is discussed in the Global Positioning Strategy (GPS) available at http://www.global.gatech.edu/

The Denning Global Engagement Seed Fund has four goals:

  • Support feasibility studies of innovative, transformative research and education ideas in global engagement with significant emphasis on their impact on students;

  • Develop new and creative international experiences for students;

  • Promote and develop the Institute’s global engagement in new and creative ways;

  • Facilitate the development of new and strategic relationships with international partners (e.g. universities, governments, companies, NGOs) in areas that are aligned with Georgia Tech’s strategic plan and lead to a sustainable program in education, economic development, or research.

Single investigators or teams may apply for seed funding in the range of $15,000 for FY20. It is expected that up to 4 projects will be selected. Investigators can be PI on only one proposal. Faculty salary support is not encouraged but will be considered under exceptional circumstances that are justified. Preference will be given to new initiatives.

A three page request should be submitted with the following information: i) Proposed idea and its potential impact; ii) A specific sustainability plan subsequent to receipt of this funding; iii) Potential significance of the proposed research or educational idea being explored, its relation to current programs and measure of success; iv) Two-page CV of the PI and team members (not included in page count); v) a budget (also not included in page count).

Upon completion of the project, recipients of the Denning Seed Fund Award will need to provide a short paragraph summarizing their activities and findings.

Proposals usually due in March of each academic year.

Proposals should be submitted by email to florence.stoia@provost.gatech.edu

For more information, contact Yves Berthelot: berthelot@gatech.edu
Proposals should be submitted by email to florence.stoia@provost.gatech.edu

GTRI Independent Research and Development (IRAD)

The purpose of GTRI’s IRAD investments is to develop and advance research that addresses national security and global challenges. These ventures extend GTRI’s research base, sustain its competitive position in critical research areas, foster exploration and innovation in new technical areas, and accelerate the organization’s entry into areas of high interest to sponsors. GTRI invests its IRAD funds through three main portfolios of research projects: strategic initiatives, tactical/lab discretionary initiatives, and Hives initiatives. Strategic initiatives develop significant capabilities in areas of national security and global importance. They substantially advance GTRI’s existing research strengths, and can be bold forays into somewhat uncharted territory for which GTRI has the technical acumen. Tactical and lab-discretionary initiatives are funded in response to known sponsor interests, to address technology gaps, and stay ahead of potential opportunities. They are more high-risk/high-payoff projects, and may be quick-reaction or purely exploratory. Hives initiatives explore the disruption created by the convergence of commodity technologies with global trends. They explore the co-evolution of technology with concept of operations (CONOPS), and they anticipate the growth of new security challenges arising from ambiguous warfare.

For more information contact Ben Riley at Benjamin.Riley@gtri.gatech.edu