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.

A bar chart showing the amount of sponsored research dollars awarded to RIT researchers. The totals are as fallows, in millions of dollars: 2016, 73; 2017, 61; 2018, 78; 2019, 74; 2020, 82.

Sponsored Research Awards

In millions of dollars

A bar chart showing the amount of money RIT has invested in research over the past 5 years, in millions of dollars. The totals are as follows: 2016, 45.5; 2017, 51.3; 2018, 49.4; 2019, 58; 2020, 58 (estimated).

Research Expenditures

In millions of dollars

A bar chart showing a breakdown of the award amount by federal sponsor (in millions of dollars). The data is as follows: NSF, 15.1; Defense, 12.7; Health, 6.6; NASA, 4; Energy, 2.9; Other, 2.6.

FY20 Federal Awards by Agency

In millions of dollars

Major Grants

  • October 22, 2021

    environmental portrait of research scientist Meredith Noyes.

    RIT’s Image Permanence Institute receives $375,543 federal grant from IMLS

    The Image Permanence Institute at RIT has received a National Leadership Grant award from the Institute of Museum and Library Services that will identify critical preservation challenges associated with 3D printed materials and technologies found in museums and develop resources that will support 3D printed object preservation.

  • October 19, 2021

    Filipino deaf students interact with storybooks using a specially designed learning platform.

    RIT/NTID project hopes to reduce global deaf literacy gap

    Early childhood development professionals often face challenges when teaching deaf and hard-of-hearing youth to read. A new project spearheaded by NTID is hoping to effectively bring literacy education to deaf and hard-of-hearing children in the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, and Fiji.

  • October 11, 2021

    researcher working in a lab.

    RIT surpasses $76 million in research funding in 2020-21 pandemic year

    RIT's sponsored research awards surpassed $76 million for the 2020-2021 fiscal year, another significant milestone in spite of the challenges posed to research efforts brought about by the pandemic. In addition, the university also achieved a new record in terms of the number and the cumulative value of proposals submitted.



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Pratik Dholabhai

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


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Christopher Kanan

For “Brain-inspired Methods for Continual Learning of Large-scale Vision and Language Tasks”


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Rui Li

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


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Mehdi Mirakhorli

For “Synthesizing Architectural Tactics”


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Michael Murdoch

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


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Ifeoma Nwogu

For “A Computational Approach to the Study of Behavior and Social Interaction”


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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”


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Jing Zhang

For “Development of High-Efficiency Ultraviolet Optoelectronics”


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Amlan Ganguly

For “Energy-Efficient Datacenters with Wireless Interconnection Networks”


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Casey Miller

For “Magnetocaloric Effect in Metallic Nanostructures”


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Mishkatul Bhattacharya

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


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Linwei Wang

For “Integrating Physical Models into Data-Driven Inference”


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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”


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Seth Hubbard

For “Strain Balanced Quantum Dots for high Concentration Photovoltaics”


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Reynold Bailey

For “Graphics: Gaze Manipulation”


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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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Mary Kitzel

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

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Yu Kong

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