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2020 Small Bets Seed Grant Program

Update March 12, 2020 - In response to the rapidly evolving situation at Georgia Tech and around the world, the deadline for submission of 2020 Small Bets proposals has been extended until March 20, 2020.

The Office of the EVPR is pleased to announce the launch of new annual $2 million seed grant program, Small Bets. This program is our bet that Georgia Tech researchers are the key to solving many of society’s most intractable problems.

Small Bets is designed to seed the first steps of problem-solving that will change the world. Awardees will receive up to $75,000 for one year to catalyze new researcher collaborations and fuel their high-risk/high-reward approaches to our biggest local, national, and global challenges.

Fundable projects will not advance the next logical step in research progression. Instead, we challenge our researchers to dream about what is possible and propose approaches and solutions that other funding sources would shy away from as “too risky.”

Eligible projects will be awarded funding using random selection.  No peer reviews. No technical assessments. We don’t want the vision of others to limit the solutions you explore.

Small Bets applications are due by March 13, 2020 March 20, 2020. Awards will be announced in April of 2020. Full program details are now available on the 2020 Small Bets Seed Program application site.

Need help putting together your dream team? Register to attend one or both of our 2020 Small Bets Seed Program Information & Collaboration Networking Events. Share your interest and expertise through our Collaboration Hub. Explore a list of others interested in collaborating using by accessing our Collaboration Matrix. Choose carefully, as each PI is limited to participating in only one submission.

However you do it, start forming teams now and together begin envisioning BIG new solutions! Through our 2020 Small Bets program we are eager to fund those critical first steps.

Select Program Details to Get You Started

The program is open to all Georgia Tech faculty. A significant amount of the funding will be reserved for:

  1. Teams that have GTRI and non-GTRI faculty PIs; and
  2. Teams that are broadly interdisciplinary, defined as pairing one or more PIs from the College of Design, Scheller College of Business, and the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts with one or more PIs from the College of Computing, College of Engineering and the College of Sciences.

Projects must address one of three impact criteria:

  1. Social problems that require complex multidisciplinary solutions;
  2. Local impact on Atlanta or Georgia; or
  3. National or global grand challenges (examples: NSF’s 10 Big Ideas and the UN 17 Sustainable Global Development Goals).

To assist investigators in teaming efforts, please keep in mind all project require at least two PIs, and that an investigator can only participate in one submission per award cycle. Awards will be $75,000 of total costs (including tuition and fringe) which must be spent by June 30, 2021. Funds can be expended as soon as awarded in April 2020. There is no detailed proposal, but rather a series of 200-300 word paragraphs addressing satisfying impact criteria, a layperson description, and a technical description, along with a brief budget.

Full program details are now available on the 2020 Small Bets Seed Program application site.




View program details & apply.

Review our FAQs.

Attend 2020 Small Bets Info & Teaming Events.
  • Monday, March 2nd  4pm-6pm
    GTRI Conference Center
  • Tuesday, March 3rd  11am-1pm
    Dalney Building Conference Center
  • Register to attend a session

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