Launched by Executive Vice President for Research Chaouki T. Abdallah in early 2020, the Commission on Research Next (CRN) is a planning initiative that creates a new strategy for the future of the research enterprise at Georgia Tech. Faculty, researchers, staff, and students at Georgia Tech are building a cohesive plan that assesses the current research landscape and will outline a new approach to address the world’s largest challenges.

We’re envisioning the research enterprise at Georgia Tech over the next 10 years and beyond. Research Next strives to position Georgia Tech to respond to future challenges with innovation, expertise, creativity, and a dedication to improving human lives and the world at large.



Examine the state of research at Georgia Tech and other research universities



Establish goals aligned with Georgia Tech’s strategic plan




Create strategies around 16 goals


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Our Mission
To catalyze research and innovation that matter by improving the human condition.
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Our Vision
Inspiring and creating solutions to make the needed a reality, making the impossible possible.

Together, we will support the Institution’s mission to amplify impact, champion innovation, connect globally, expand access, cultivate well-being, and lead by example.


Tim Lieuwen, Regents Professor, David S. Lewis J. Chair in the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering, and executive director of the Strategic Energy Institute

Mark Whorton, Deputy Director, Chief Technology Officer, Georgia Tech Research Institute