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 minority-serving institutions. Funds may be used for shared lab equipment and space, shared 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. The first round will fund 10 partnerships; the second will follow the Oct. 14-15 HBCU-MSI Summit and will fund five partnerships developed at that event. 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.

See past awardees

Chris Tysor ctysor@vt.edu 1-9716

Round 1

Round 2 11/2/2018

Round 1 10/1/2018

Round 2 12/1/2018

ICTAS Research Experience for Undergraduates The objective of this program is to increase Virginia Tech awards from the NSF 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. Faculty who have previously applied to the REU and IRES programs are encouraged to apply to strengthen future applications. Vinod Lohani vlohani@vt.edu
9/3/2018 10/1/2018
ICTAS Doctoral Scholars This program honors exceptional Ph.D. candidates interested in interdisciplinary research with a competitive graduate fellowship. The award is a cooperative effort 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 as follows: 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. Faculty interested in nominating a candidate should contact the associate dean of their college. Please note that this program supports recruitment of incoming Ph.D. students.  Vinod Lohani vlohani@vt.edu
1/1/2019  Variable
ICTAS Junior Faculty Program

This program provides two years of funding up to $40,000 each year to a junior faculty member 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
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


12/3/2018 1/7/2019
ICTAS Center Grants The ICTAS center grants are two year awards of up to $75,000 each year for groups of faculty to target large funding opportunities. The funds directly support efforts to develop faculty teams for specific federal or private funding programs. The number of selected teams will vary depending on available funding. Aaron Akers aakers@vt.edu 3/1/2019 4/1/2019
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
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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
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