ICTAS: Research Funding Opportunites

ICTAS Research 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 other under-represented college program. 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. ICTAS will offer up to $10,000 per faculty partnership, with up to 15 partnerships funded. Chris Tysor ctysor@vt.edu 1-9716

Round 1
(10 Awards) 9/1/2017

Round 2
(5 awards; proposals developed following Oct. 15-16 HBCU Summit):


Round 1 10/1/2017

Round 2 12/1/2017

ICTAS Research Experience for Undergraduates The objectives of this program are to: (i) engage undergraduates, preferably from underrepresented groups, into interdisciplinary research during the academic year, and (ii) increase VT’s proposals to 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 15 partnerships funded. Vinod Lohani vlohani@vt.edu
9/1/2017 10/1/2017
ICTAS Doctoral Scholars The ICTAS Doctoral Scholars Program honors exceptional Ph.D. candidates interested in interdisciplinary research with a competitive graduate fellowship. A cooperative effort led by ICTAS, with significant contributions from the Graduate School and each scholar’s college and department, the award is an investment in the university’s research mission. For FY19, ICTAS will support three scholars in the College of Science, three in the College of Engineering, two in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, one in the Virginia–Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, and one in the College of Natural Resources and Environment. Vinod Lohani vlohani@vt.edu
1/1/2018 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 FY19. Jon Greene greenej@vt.edu
2/1/2018 3/1/2018
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
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
Rolling Rolling
ICTAS - ERC and ICTAS - Center Grants ICTAS is currently funding two ERC application efforts and a range of center programs. This overall program is at capacity and no new awards will be made this year (FY18). We are developing plans for possible new submission requests for FY19 with details released in the spring 2018.

Stefan Duma 



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