ICTAS: Research Funding Opportunites

ICTAS Research Opportunities

One of the ways ICTAS supports interdisciplinary research is by periodically awarding seed funding through a competitive RFP process for a variety of proposal types, including annual Junior Faculty Awards for pre-tenure Virginia Tech faculty and targeted proposals to advance research in specific areas. Current and selected recent funding opportunities include those listed below. 

For more information about the resources ICTAS can offer to help you meet your research goals, contact Jon Greene, associate director for strategic development, at (540) 231-8566 or greenej@vt.edu.  

Junior Faculty Award Request for Proposals


  • ICTAS is soliciting white papers from Virginia Tech faculty for a funding opportunity with anticipated support beginning July 1, 2017 (FY 2018). 

  • ICTAS will issue up to 10 awards of up to $80K over two years ($40K per year); funding in the second year will be contingent on demonstration of satisfactory technical progress and availability of funds.

  • Proposals must demonstrate an interdisciplinary, collaborative research relationship between the PI (tenure-track, non-tenured faculy or junior research or AP faculty) and other tenured or tenure-track faculty members.

  • Please note:

    • Faculty are eligible for only two JFA awards (formerly JFC) per pre-tenure period.

    • Faculty may serve as PI on only one submission in response to this RFP.

    • Proposal topics must be aligned with one of the following Destination Areas (Data Analytics and Decision Sciences, Integrated Security, Global Systems Science, Intelligent Infrastructure for Human-Centered Communities, and Adaptive Brain and Behavior) or the Materials Strategic Growth Area. 

  • Submit by email to ictasrfp@vt.edu no later than 5 p.m. Monday, March 13, 2017

  • Award announcement and more information available here

  • Questions/advice? Contact Jon Greene, (540) 231-8566 or greenej@vt.edu.


ICTAS Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Grants


  • ICTAS will provide seed funding to faculty teams (2 faculty minimum) to engage undergraduates, preferably from underrepresented groups including women, into interdisciplinary research during the academic year. 

  • The program is intended to increase VT’s proposals to NSF’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site program and International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program. Faculty teams receiving the awards are expected to apply for these NSF programs (deadline August 2017).

  • Since NSF expects to have a well-defined common focus in REU Site or IRES programs, faculty teams will be expected to propose research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme.

  • Applications are due by 5 p.m. October 18, 2016. 

  • For more details and the award announcement, see here

  • For questions, contact Vinod Lohani, vlohani@vt.edu.

ICTAS Diversity and Inclusion Seed 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 other under-represented college programs.  This activity may be in the form of sharing lab equipment and space, or sharing technologies, or traveling to present and develop partnerships.  Faculty will self-identify partnerships based on their specific research areas.  Ultimately, ICTAS expects the partnerships to result in future research proposals. 

  • ICTAS will offer up to $10,000 per faculty partnership.  The funds may be used to support travel costs, materials and supplies, small equipment, or undergraduate and graduate student time.  ICTAS expects to make up to 10 awards for expenditure during this fiscal year (FY17).

  • In order to request funding, please prepare a one paragraph explanation of your planned activity, the faculty and school you wish to develop the partnership, and a simple budget request with a short explanation of how you intend to use the funds. 

  • Please submit your request to Chris Tysor (ctysor@vt.edu), ICTAS Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator.

  • Questions? Contact Chris Tysor or ICTAS Interim Executive Director Stefan Duma (duma@vt.edu).

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