Interdisciplinary Research Institutes

Georgia Tech is home to more than 200 research centers and laboratories – an integral part of the Institute’s entrepreneurial culture.

Among these units are a number of large Interdisciplinary Research Institutes (IRIs), including the Georgia Tech Research Institute, reporting to the Executive Vice President for Research. Each IRI brings together a mix of researchers – spanning colleges, departments, and individual labs – around a single core research area. The IRIs exist to create transformative opportunities, strengthen collaborative partnerships, and maximize the societal impact of the exciting research being done at Georgia Tech.

Both government and industry work with Tech’s IRIs to connect with a large portfolio of basic and applied research programs, to create and use novel research laboratories, to interact with Georgia Tech students, and to collaborate with other research partners.

New IRIs are on the horizon, and they will be added to this website when launched. If you are interested in learning more about a research area for which no IRI has yet been designated, contact us directly using this form.

Bioengineering and Bioscience

The Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience (IBB) opened its doors in 1995 and since that time it has served as a catalyst for innovative bioengineering and bioscience research. Located in the heart of Midtown Atlanta, IBB offers a bold variety of both traditional and cutting-edge medical research...

Director: Bob Guldberg

Electronics and Nanotechnology

The Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology (IEN) is a Georgia Tech interdisciplinary research institute designed to enhance support for rapidly growing research programs spanning biomedicine, materials, electronics and nanotechnology. IEN provides advanced Nano, Micro, and Bio Laboratories valued in excess of...

Director: Oliver Brand

Energy and Sustainable Infrastructure

The Strategic Energy Institute (SEI) represents Georgia Tech's commitment to serve as a national resource for energy information dissemination and to play a leadership role in the transition to a more sustainable energy economy. To ensure continued economic prosperity and environmental stability, the nation must...

Director: Tim Lieuwen

Energy and Sustainable Infrastructure

The Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems enhances Georgia Tech’s research, education, and service missions, and campus operations through leadership, communications, development, and decision-making inspired and defined by the principles of sustainability. Programs and projects initiated or supported by the...

Director: John Crittenden

Manufacturing, Trade, and Logistics

Maintaining state-of-the-art laboratory facilities to support research, education, and technology transfer is the focal point of the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute. It strives to identify, and anticipate, the manufacturing needs of industry and government, while pulling together robust interdisciplinary teams...

Director: Ben Wang


The Georgia Tech Institute for Materials (IMat) represents a community of nearly 200 faculty conducting materials-related research and providing leadership in discovery and development of materials that address 21st century grand challenges in areas such as energy, mobility, infrastructure, computing, communications,...

Director: David McDowell

National Security

The Georgia Tech Research Institute is a highly-regarded applied research and development organization. Each day, GTRI’s science and engineering expertise is used to solve some of the toughest problems facing government and industry across the nation and around the globe. GTRI redefines innovation by tackling...

Director: Stephen E. Cross (Interim)

Renewable Bioproducts

Renewable Bioproducts Institute (RBI), formerly the Institute of Paper Science and Technology, helps companies remain competitive by advancing the use of renewable raw materials in expanding markets such as biochemicals, specialty paper products, food and beverage packaging, biofuels, health and hygiene,...

Director: Norman Marsolan

People and Technology

The Institute for People and Technology (IPaT) is a network of Georgia Tech’s world-class researchers and industry innovators collaborating on groundbreaking research that collectively pursue transformations in education, healthcare, humanitarian systems, media and other complex human enterprises.

Director: Elizabeth D. Mynatt


The Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines brings together all robotics researchers from across campus—spanning colleges, departments and individual labs—to create new collaborative opportunities for faculty, strengthen partnerships with industry and government and maximize the societal impact of the...

Director: Henrik Christensen
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