Research Ramp Up

Research at Georgia Tech is among the institution's core missions, and it is essential to providing learning experiences for graduate students across the six colleges. In addition, the output of our research programs directly impacts society in the form of new discoveries and technologies. Finally, research activities at Georgia Tech have a significant impact on local and regional economies. For all those reasons, it is imperative that we ramp up research activities in a thoughtful and deliberate manner.

All members of the Georgia Tech community should recognize that our ability to transition from one phase to another of the ramp up depends on both internal and external factors. Internally, we control how we work, how we protect ourselves and our colleagues, and the extent to which we are exposed to the virus based on our personal adoption of the guidelines created for our community. However, we are also subject to the behavior of the public at large.

As part of a gradual return to more typical operations, an effort is underway to ramp up more research and bring the faculty, graduate students and staff related to that research back to campus safely and gradually. Starting in June 18, Georgia Tech has resumed research activity for the purpose of fulfilling research grants and contracts, and to ensure student degree progress. It is estimated that research may ramp up to approximately 75% over the course of the summer, with priority given to researchers who are unable to perform their work in a remote environment. Researchers will continue to be encouraged to perform work remotely to the greatest extent possible.  

Additional information is available at the websites below:

Covid-19 Health Information (Information on how to recognize symptoms and how Georgia Tech is protecting its community)

Covid Central (Online symptom checker and portal to Covid-19 resources)

GTRI response to Covid-19 (Information for researchers in the Georgia Tech Research Institute)

Office of Sponsored Programs Coronavirus page (Impact on sponsored activity at Georgia Tech)

Research Coronavirus Response (Archival information on the research ramp-down)

Return to Campus Faculty Guidebook (What faculty members should expect on campus during fall semester)

Tech Moving Forward, Our Road to Recovery (Georgia Tech's plan for returning to in-person teaching, learning and working)

If you have a question about the research ramp-up, please send a note to  For GTRI-specific questions, please email