Research Scope

Georgia Tech is a major center for advanced technology in Georgia and the southeast. With nearly 3,000 academic and research faculty and more than 25,000 graduate and undergraduate students, the Institute conducts research of national significance, provides research services and facilities to faculty, students, industry, and government agencies, and supports the economic and technological growth of the state and nation.

Georgia Tech ranks among the nation's top ten universities (without a medical school) in sponsored expenditures, which top $730 million. This is a reflection of both the caliber of our faculty and staff and the scope of our research enterprise. Georgia Tech's research strategy is focused on creating transformative opportunities, strengthening collaborative partnerships, and enhancing economic and societal impact.

Research activities are carried out through Georgia Tech's academic units, research institutes, centers, and laboratories. All of our research is faculty led and powered by ideas. Most of the research is supported by contracts with government organizations and private industry. The Georgia Tech Research Corporation (GTRC), a non-profit organization incorporated under the laws of the state of Georgia, serves as the contracting agency. It also licenses intellectual property created at Georgia Tech, including patents, software, trade secrets, and other similar properties.

We believe that much of the research that will change our world will be interdisciplinary in nature, and as a result we continue to work to create the world’s foremost innovation ecosystem that incorporates the pursuit of game-changing research and then helps build the research leaders of tomorrow and moves our research results from the lab to real-world use. This provides our government and industry research partners with a competitive advantage, while benefiting the economy and society.

An additional benefit our partners and sponsors realize through collaboration with Georgia Tech is access to our students. Through a number of experiential learning activities, students get real-world, hands-on, experience that helps them become job-ready upon graduation. They also bring a new level of creativity and innovative thinking to some of the tough research problems we are trying to solve. Many companies have also established innovation centers on or near Georgia Tech to allow easier access to students and the Institute's world-class research expertise and research infrastructure.

Georgia Tech is proud of the diversity and strength of its research programs and conducts research in a wide range of engineering, science, computing, architecture, public policy, social sciences, management, and related areas. The Institute's core research areas are:

Data Engineering & Science Bioengineering & Bioscience
Electronics & Nanotechnology Manufacturing, Trade & Logistics
Materials National Security
Renewable Bioproducts People & Technology
Public Service, Leadership & Policy Robotics
Energy & Sustainable Infrastructure Systems

The Executive Vice President for Research (EVPR) is the chief research officer for Georgia Tech. Working closely with Georgia Tech’s colleges, affiliated units, and faculty, the EVPR provides strategic and central administration leadership for all research, economic development, and related support units within the Institute.

This includes direct oversight of the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), the Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2), Georgia Tech’s Interdisciplinary Research Institutes, Georgia Tech's Office of Industry Collaboration, and the Georgia Tech Research Corporation (GTRC).

Source: Office of the Executive Vice President for Research