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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.

Funding opportunities PDF.







 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 year for two years to support the faculty partnership, with up to 15 partnerships funded. Requirements for accepting the funding include presenting your project at the following year’s HBCU-MSI Summit (typically held mid-October) and participating in related, on-going diversity work and activities through ICTAS.

 Chris Tysor

 September 27, 2021

 October 29, 2021

ICTAS Doctoral


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, as well as their department and/or
faculty advisor. The program supports up to 40 students, housed in COE, COS, CALS, VetMed, and CNRE; 10 new fellowships will be awarded in FY21.

Mary Kasarda




ICTAS Junior
Faculty Program

This program provides up to $40,000 in the first year, renewable for a second year with adequate progress, to a junior faculty PI who has identified an interdisciplinary partnership with another Virginia Tech faculty member. The focus is on building teams with strong potential for external funding in cutting-edge science and technology.  ICTAS will fund up to five new awards each year for a steady state of 10 ongoing investments.

 Jon Greene

February 25, 2022

March 4, 2022

Roop and Kavita
Research Fund

This program funds student-led interdisciplinary projects in health, education, and infrastructure. Projects should be in the field of community development, related to the overall goal of addressing problems of poverty and negligence in under-resourced communities around the world. Support is variable subject to availability of funds, but in general ICTAS will fund up to five awards of up to $2500.

  Chris Tysor




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, (c) to collect preliminary data to make a proposal more compelling, or (d) to fund faculty startup packages.

 Bill Reynolds




The Engineering Faculty Organization - Opportunity (EFO-O) Seed Investment Grant supports transdisciplinary projects led by Virginia Tech engineering faculty, with the goal of increasing the chances of success for subsequent proposals for external funding. In FY22, up to 10 one-year $10,000 seed grants will be awarded. Research teams must be headed by a faculty member in the College of Engineering and include faculty from multiple departments and/or colleges.

Mary Kasarda