Collaborative Research Grants
Collaborative Research Grants support teams that are expanding RI's research capacity and pioneering our future through new ideas, technologies and innovations.
The Collaborative Research Grant program provides funding to projects that focus on building research capacity across institutions and advancing the competitiveness of RI researchers to secure additional funding. Grants are also awarded to projects that contribute to current or future economic development of the state through technology development and commercialization or demonstrate strong translational components.
"To create jobs and grow our economy, we must focus on our existing advantages - and some of Rhode Island's most valuable natural advantages are the great minds at work at our colleges, universities, pioneering businesses and research facilities. These grants are an investment in the future of our state. I am pleased to see this level of collaboration between industry and academic institutions, and I look forward to the next level of research and innovation these grants will make possible."
Governor Lincoln D. Chafee
From 2007 through 2012, the program awarded approximately $7.7 million to 46 teams of 155 researchers from 44 research institutions. The funding has supported projects to design high-tech toys for children with cerebral palsy, study algae blooms, develop new nanotechnologies and improve the design of prosthetic limbs. To date, awardees have attracted nearly $36 million in follow-on funding from public and private sources with additional dividends expected.