Research Awards and Recognition

RIT became recognized as a doctoral university by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education in 2016 because of its growing research activity.

Sponsored Research Awards

In millions of dollars

FY17
FY18
FY19
FY20
FY21
$61
$78
$74
$82
$76

Research Expenditures

In millions of dollars

FY17
FY18
FY19
FY20
FY21
$51
$49
$58
$58
$60*

FY21 Federal Awards by Agency

In millions of dollars

NSF
Defense
Health
NASA
Energy
Other
$10
$7.5
$7.5
$2.9
$2.1
$8.2

Major Grants

  • September 7, 2022

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    RIT’s Battery Prototyping Center part of state team awarded millions to establish Battery-NY

    RIT is part of a major national initiative that secured more than $63.7 million to establish upstate New York as a national hub for battery research and manufacturing. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer announced that Binghamton University’s New Energy New York Proposal secured substantial funding for the new hub, Battery-NY, which will include partners such as RIT’s Battery Prototyping Center and New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology.

  • August 8, 2022

    Daniel Krutz, assistant professor, Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences.

    RIT professor earns NSF CAREER Award to investigate empathy in computing education

    A team of faculty and student researchers at RIT are helping create a more accessibility-literate and empathetic software engineering workforce. The researchers, led by Daniel Krutz, assistant professor of software engineering, are developing free online lessons on how to create software that is accessible for those with visual, cognitive, hearing, dexterity, and other disabilities.

NSF CAREER Awards

2022

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Daniel Krutz

For “Investigating the Use of Empathy-Building Interventions in Experiential Computing Education”

2022

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Poornima Padmanabhan

For “Chirality and polymer thermodynamics: frustration and amplification”

2021

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Pratik Dholabhai

For “Interface-mediated Ionic Transport in Mismatched Complex Oxide Heterostructures: Role of Misfit Dislocations”

2021

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Rui Li

For “Co-evolution of Machine Intelligence and Continuous Information”

2020

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Mehdi Mirakhorli

For “Synthesizing Architectural Tactics”

2020

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Michael Murdoch

For “Computational Model of Perceived Color and Appearance in Augmented Reality”

2019

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Ben Zwickl

For “Learning to Solve Problems in context-rich environments: A Naturalistic study in STEM Workplaces, research labs, project-based and lab courses”

2018

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Jing Zhang

For “Development of High-Efficiency Ultraviolet Optoelectronics”

2016

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Amlan Ganguly

For “Energy-Efficient Datacenters with Wireless Interconnection Networks”

2015

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Casey Miller

For “Magnetocaloric Effect in Metallic Nanostructures”

2015

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Mishkat Bhattacharya

For “Theory of Optomechanical Nanorotation Sensing – Approaching the Quantum Regime”

2014

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Linwei Wang

For “Integrating Physical Models into Data-Driven Inference”

2013

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Callie Babbitt

For “Environmental impacts of reusing, recycling and disposing of lithium-ion batteries after they have been used in electric vehicles”

2010

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Seth Hubbard

For “Strain Balanced Quantum Dots for high Concentration Photovoltaics”

2010

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Reynold Bailey

For “Graphics: Gaze Manipulation”

2004

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Sara Schley

For “Deaf Children and Young Adults: Predicting School, College and Labor Success”

PI Millionaires

Since 2000, RIT has recognized 115 principal investigators and researchers who have achieved $1 million or more in funding by inducting them into a class of “PI Millionaires.”

Current faculty in this group include:

Seed Funding

RIT awards researchers seed funding of $5,000 for proposals written during the fall semester and later refined over the course of a two-day Grant Writers’ Boot Camp.

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Yewande Abraham

For “Creating Informed and Engaged End Users in High-Performance Campus Buildings for Improved Energy Efficiency and Enhanced Comfort”

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Duygu Akdevelioglu

For “Wearable Technologies and Consumer Engagement in Social Media”

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Nasibeh Azadeh Fard

For “Monitoring and Improving Length of Stay and Readmission Rates Using Learn Management Techniques”

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Makini Beck

For “Advancing Culturally Relevant STEM Learning Experiences for Underrepresented Students”

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Chris Campbell

For “The Use of Keyword Error Rate to Determine the Quality of Automated Speech Recognition Systems”

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Ke Du

For “Highly Efficient Capture and Detection of Deadly Zaire Ebola virus (EBOV) via Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) Hierarchical Nanostructures”

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Kyle Dunno

For “Development of Bioplastic Packaging Solution for the Transport of Apples”

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Geo Kartheiser

For “Learning to Sign Before Birth”

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For “Chasing Ancestors, Part 2: Searching for the origins of American Sign Language in East Anglia, 1620-1851”

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For “Vision-based Few-Shot Prediction via Adversarial Similarity Networks”

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Rui Li

For “A Principled Model Selection Method for Deep Learning in Protein Function Analysis”

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Yangming Li

For “Robotic Collaborative Perception and object Manipulation for Effective and Affordable Elder Care”

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Guoyu Lu

For “Arctic Sea Ice Image Reconstruction and Localization”

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Nishant Malik

For “Integrating dynamical systems and machine learning to study paleoclimate data”

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Michael Mior

For “Benchmarking Integration of Relational and Non-Relational Data Systems”

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Alexander Ororbia

For “Neurocognitively-Motivated Conversational Assistants Based on Distribution Representations”

NIH Boot Camp Seed Funding

RIT also offers an advanced boot camp focused on the National Institutes of Health. Participants in the NIH Boot Camp submitted proposals for seed funding to help develop competitive proposals or revise proposals to specific NIH programs in the coming year. 2019 awardees will receive up to $10,000 and include:

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Jason Kolodziej

Kate Gleason College of Engineering

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Elizabeth Ruder

College of Health Sciences and Technology

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Michael Schertzer

Kate Gleason College of Engineering

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Nicole Trabold

College of Health Sciences and Technology