Georgia State’s Research Innovation and Scholarly Excellence challenge, or Project RISE, leverages the unique strengths of our research community to address complex problems through interdisciplinary collaboration.
BOLD NEW APPROACHES
Georgia State University President Dr. M. Brian Blake announced the awardees of Project RISE will share $2.5 million in one-time seed funding to develop transformative research. As one of the most diverse institutions in the nation, Georgia State is uniquely positioned to address complex societal problems through a lens of equity and access. The projects will explore four key research hubs and comprise nearly 50 university experts across different fields.
Each research hub will bring together some of the top scholars in fields as diverse as astronomy, criminal justice, neuroscience, law and virology. The research teams will partner with government agencies, private industry, foundations, nonprofits and philanthropic sponsors.
“Over the past decade, Georgia State has risen as a dynamic research institution, and the university is now poised to build on that growth. Project RISE is about accelerating interdisciplinary research and innovative thinking.”
DR. TIMOTHY DENNING
VICE PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
These signature research themes will culminate in large-scale impacts within the university and beyond. Explore the winners in each category.
CRIME PREVENTION AND DATA TRANSPARENCY
This team of researchers will focus on significant security threats by harnessing the power of data and information to protect consumers from identity theft and safeguard crime victims’ rights using legal analytics and artificial intelligence to preserve crime data for analysis.
DATA SCIENCE FOR
HEALTH AND EQUITY
As data science continues to evolve across a multitude of fields, this group of researchers is at the forefront of computer science and data technology. This multidisciplinary team will push this technology forward to find solutions in public health and neuroscience, while laying the groundwork for equity and security in the rapidly emerging field of artificial intelligence.
PANDEMIC PREVENTION AND PREPAREDNESS
This team’s transformative work will focus on detecting and even preventing the next pandemic. By creating a network of dozens of centers across the U.S., Richard Plemper and his team of researchers will leverage the university’s excellence in antiviral drug development with cutting-edge expertise in diagnostics, engineering and bioinformatics modeling.
ADDITIONAL SEED GRANTS
SOUTHERN URBAN RESEARCH FOR GROWTH AND EQUITY
“Through Project RISE, Georgia State is extending its work in interdisciplinary research and scholarship into its next phase.”
DR. NICOLLE PARSONS-POLLARD
During President Blake’s first 100 days, his conversations with members of the Georgia State community in combination with his own aspirations for Georgia State revealed four major pillars to organize immediate presidential initiatives. Research and innovation is one of these pillars, and from it, Project RISE became an initiative to continue the tremendous expansion of the institution’s innovative research enterprise. Explore additional initiatives below.