Georgia Tech


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 nearly 21,000 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 research expenditures, which top $688 million.  This is a reflection of both the caliber of our faculty and staff and the scope of our research enterprise.

Research operations are carried out through Georgia Tech’s academic units, research centers, and laboratories. 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.

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:

Big DataBioengineering & Bioscience
Electronics & NanotechnologyManufacturing, Trade & Logistics
MaterialsNational Security
Paper Science & TechnologyPeople & Technology
Public Service, Leadership & PolicyRobotics
Energy & Sustainable InfrastructureSystems


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 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, and the Georgia Tech Research Corporation (GTRC).

Source: Office of the Executive Vice President for Research