About the Endowment

The Renewable Bioproducts Institute Endowment at Georgia Tech supports students each year who conduct faculty-directed research aligned with RBI's mission to advance technologies and applications in the bioeconomy. It offers an extraordinary depth of endowed research students and fellows – and breadth of faculty from numerous colleges and research centers across Georgia Tech. The research is available to be accessed and leveraged in the spirit of open innovation.

In 2014, the Georgia Institute of Technology received a major grant from the Institute of Paper Chemistry Foundation (IPCF). One of the largest gifts in Georgia Tech’s history, it affirmed the Institute’s position as the leading driver in the forest bioproducts arena. This gift constitutes the funding that supports the RBI graduate research fellowships.

Through the endowment process, students are prepared to contribute to the evolution of renewable bioproducts and technologies in the marketplace; research investors have the opportunity to mentor or sponsor graduate students and influence selection of endowment-sponsored research projects. Investors can also engage in an array of other opportunities to access the vast expertise across the Georgia Tech campus, by sponsoring individual company or consortium research.


Carson Meredith
Executive Director, RBI
Professor and J. Carl Pirkle Sr. Faculty Fellow
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