As an R1 Research University, Georgia Tech relies heavily on funding from federal agencies, private foundations, and state and local agencies to support our research efforts. Private industry and international sponsors are now have an increasingly important role, as well.  GT internal seed funding programs play a vital role in igniting research ideas that often translate into extramural research. Information about all of these funding sources is provided below. The Office of Sponsored Programs also provides information about resources for accessing support from these sources. 

Pivot is a comprehensive global source of funding opportunities available free to all Georgia Tech researchers. Researchers can search for funding opportunities or sign up for e-mail alerts based on areas of interest or specific sponsors. 

Keep in mind, once a potential funding source has been identified, all proposals submitted to an external funding source must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs before submission. 

The Office of Research Development provides strategic and practical support for development and launch of large-scale sponsored research projects at Georgia Tech.  

External Funding 

Federal Agencies 

Federal Agencies offer a wide variety of funding opportunities and as a result provide significant support for GT science and engineering research. Federal programs support everything from single investigator basic science, to large-scale engineering centers and beyond. Here is a list of the primary agencies that traditionally provide support to our researchers. 

The Office of the Vice President for Interdisciplinary Research maintains a calendar of Recurring Major Federal Funding Opportunities, those where awards are typically $1M or higher.

Private Foundations 

Foundations support all types of science and engineering research activities including basic, translational, and applied research, professional development and postdoctoral fellowships. The most critical aspect of obtaining support, is to be sure that your area of interest is well matched to the mission of the foundation. The Office of Foundation Relations can assist you with all stages of foundation fundraising from prospect research, to cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.  

State and Local Agencies 

The Office of Institute Relations is a great place to start if you wish to learn more about Georgia statewide and local community priorities and programs that you might be able to plug into. 

Corporate Sponsors 

The Office of Corporate Relations is committed to building strong partnerships between Georgia Tech and the corporate community. You can reach out to this team to learn more about companies with a demonstrated interest in working with our researchers to solve critical global issues. 

GT Internal Programs 

Seed Funding 

Seed funding programs provide the opportunity to test a novel idea and generate the preliminary data required to solicit extramural funding from sponsors. 

Limited Submissions 

​​Limited submission competitions are funding opportunities for which the sponsor limits the number of applications an institution can submit. Extra submissions may result in the rejection of all submissions from the institution. Therefore these opportunities often require an internal selection process to determine which proposal teams can move forward with an application.  

The Office of the Executive Vice President for Research (EVPR) facilitates limited submissions  for Georgia Tech. 

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