ICTAS: Resource Opportunities

Research Opportunities

ICTAS FY18 RFP Now Available


Seed Project Request for Proposals (Seed RFP)

  • In the fall semester of each year, a request for white paper proposals is announced by the Associate Director for Research & Scholarship.
  • Current submissions must be responsive to the following proposal category:
    • Junior Faculty Award (JFA) proposal
  • Following are important notes to consider:
    • Faculty are eligible for only one JFA award (formerly JFC) per pre-tenure period.
    • Faculty may serve as PI on only one submission in response to this RFP.
    • Faculty should limit the number of proposals on which they serve as Co-PI.
    • Proposals that offer only incremental advances upon existing R&D and technologies will be deemed non-responsive to this RFP and will be returned without review.
    • Faculty awarded a new JFC project in FY2016 will have the 2nd year of funding on their projects evaluated separate from this RFP.
    • Proposals should be emailed in pdf format to ictasrfp@vt.edu
  • Full proposals are reviewed by faculty panels.
    • Panel members are selected for their broad range of technical expertise.
    • Panel deliberations follow an NSF-style review process.
  • Resulting seed awards are effective with the start of the fiscal year on July 1.

National Science Foundation REU Site: Interdisciplinary Water Science and Engineering - Summer 2017

Thank you for your interest in the NSF REU Interdisciplinary Water Science and Engineering site at Virginia Tech. The submission portal is now closed. Please consider applying during next year's submission period.

  • This NSF-REU site on Interdisciplinary Water Sciences and Engineering at Virginia Tech was established in 2007. As of summer 2016, 85 excellent undergraduate researchers have participated (55 women, 30 men), representing 55+ different institutions across the United States and Canada. Faculty members and graduate students from disciplines including Civil and Environmental Engineering, Engineering Education, Geosciences, Biological Sciences, Industrial Design, Biological Systems Engineering, Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, and Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences mentor the undergraduate REU fellows, who conduct independent research on interdisciplinary aspects of water sciences and engineering. The REU fellows get firsthand experience in interdisciplinary research and improve their written and verbal communication skills. Field trips and weekly seminars offer opportunities for professional development, and social activities help build connections among the REU fellows and with faculty and graduate students.

  • Applications are invited from qualified and motivated undergraduate students (rising sophomores, juniors and seniors) from U.S. colleges/universities to participate in the 10-week (May 21-July 28, 2017) REU program. U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents are eligible to apply. Successful applicants will join an ongoing research project in interdisciplinary water sciences and engineering and conduct research under the supervision of Virginia Tech faculty and graduate students. Research projects may include fieldwork, laboratory simulations, literature review, and analysis of data. Please submit your application no later than March 17, 2017 by 5:00PM EST.


  • Past REU Sites

ICTAS Thrust Area Request for Proposals (Thrust RFP)

  • In the spring semester of each year, each ICTAS research thrust area is eligible to receive funds to support thrust area activities.
    • This program is contingent upon budgetary consideration for the following fiscal year.
    • Thrust leaders and program managers must develop a plan for enhancing the success of the thrust and building capacity in interdisciplinary research at Virginia Tech.

Proposals for support are submitted to the Associate Director for Research & Scholarship.

Matching Funds and Proposal Cost-Share

Start-up funds

  • Limited funds are often available to support faculty start-up packages.
  • Faculty must perform research activities that overlap one or more of the ICTAS thrust areas.
  • Requests for support should be directed to the ICTAS Director or the Associate Director for Research & Scholarship.

Lab Space

  • Lab space may be available for activity related to ICTAS thrust areas.
  • Lab space availability is dependent on strategic opportunities and mission-related priorities. 
  • Requests for lab space should be directed to the Associate Director for Research & Scholarship.

NCFL Mini-grants

  • Funds are set aside for faculty mini-grants that support activity performed in the Nanoscale Characterization and Fabrication Laboratory (NCFL). 
  • Requests for NCFL mini-grants should be directed to the NCFL Director.

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