Research Funding Opportunities

The primary mission of ICTAS is to increase externally funded research through development of interdisciplinary faculty teams that focus on research at the intersection of engineering and science.  All funding requests will be evaluated on the investigator’s ability to secure external funding and grow research programs.  The funding options below represent a tiered approach to funding new as well as senior investigators.  More information regarding specific application instructions and review processes can be found by clicking on the ICTAS program titles.

 

ICTAS Program

Program Description

Contact

Application Due Date

Award Date

 ICTAS Diversity
and Inclusion
Research Grants

The objective of this program is to build direct faculty-to-faculty research partnerships between faculty at Virginia Tech and faculty at HBCUs or MSIs. Faculty will self-identify partnerships based on their specific research areas. ICTAS will offer up to $10,000 per faculty partnership, with up to 15 partnerships funded. First round - 10 awards; second round (after HBCU Summit) - 5 awards. Requirements for accepting the funding include presenting your project at the following year’s HBCU-MSI Summit (typically held in mid-October) and participating in related, on-going diversity work and activities through ICTAS. Through a partnership with NanoEarth, additional funding is available for research related to earth and environmental nanoscience.

 Chris Tysor
ctysor@vt.edu
1-9716

  Round 1
Sept. 2019

Round 2
Nov. 2019

  Round 1
Oct. 2019

Round 2
Dec. 2019

  ICTAS Research Experiences for Undergraduates

 

The objective of this program is to increase Virginia Tech awards from NSF’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site and International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) programs. ICTAS will offer up to $10,000 per faculty partnership, with up to 5 partnerships funded.

 Vinod Lohani
vlohani@vt.edu
1-0019

Sept. 2019

Oct. 2019

 

ICTAS Doctoral
Scholars

 

The ICTAS Doctoral Scholars Program honors exceptional Ph.D. candidates interested in interdisciplinary research with a competitive graduate fellowship. The program is led by ICTAS, with significant contributions from the Graduate School and each scholar’s college and department. For FY20, ICTAS will support ten scholars, distributed by college: 3 COE, 3 COS, 2 CALS, 1 VetMed, 1 CNRE.

 Vinod Lohani
vlohani@vt.edu
1-0019

  1/1/2019
College Associate Deans

  Variable

ICTAS Junior
Faculty Program

This program provides two years of funding up to $40,000 each year to a junior faculty who has identified an interdisciplinary partnership with a more senior faculty member. The focus is on cutting-edge science and technology and building teams with strong potential for external funding. ICTAS will fund up to 10 new awards with funding starting FY20.

 Jon Greene
greenej@vt.edu
1-8566

  2/1/2019

  3/1/2019

Roop and Kavita
Mahajan
Research Fund

This program supports interdisciplinary projects in health, education, and infrastructure broadly related to ICTAS’ mission; projects should be in the field of community development, related to the overall goal of addressing poverty and negligence in under-resourced communities around the world. Support will vary depending on availability of funds.

  Chris Tysor
ctysor@vt.edu
1-9716

  2/1/2019

  3/1/2019

  ICTAS Meeting
Grants

Hosting meetings, conferences, or symposia at Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, Roanoke, and Arlington) is useful for building future funding opportunities and increasing the exposure of faculty and research programs. ICTAS funds will be provided as available and department and/or college matching funds are expected.

Stefan Duma
duma@vt.edu
1-1929

  Rolling

  Rolling

ICTAS - NCFL
mini-grants

ICTAS provides pre-purchased time on instruments at the Nanoscale Characterization and Fabrication Laboratory (NCFL). These are available for the following purposes: (a) laboratory demonstrations in support of the University’s curriculum and outreach efforts, (b) to complete a sponsored research program with insufficient funds, or (c) to collect preliminary data to make a proposal more compelling.

 Bill Reynolds
reynolds@vt.edu
1-6825

  Rolling

  Rolling

  ICTAS TOP Program

ICTAS TOP (Targeted Opportunity for Proposals) funding is available to transdisicplinary groups of faculty pursuing specific external funding opportunities. The two-year awards of $75,000/year are designed to help build the faculty team and improve the proposal's chances of success.  

 Matt Hull
mahull@vt.edu

  3/1/2019

  3/15/2019