Creative (and strategic) endeavors

GRA initiatives harness university research, entrepreneurship in Georgia to achieve specific aims

Beyond recruiting star scientific talent and seeding companies around inventions, GRA serves as a go-to partner for creating initiatives that involve university research and entrepreneurship in Georgia.

Some examples:

  • The GRA Core Exchange allows scientists at each university to access and use sophisticated equipment and facilities at eight other universities. This exchange makes each university more competitive nationally when applying for research grants. Often, it gets scientists to collaborate.
  • In 2021, the National Science Foundation designated GRA as the lead enterprise in a $20 million national research institute in artificial intelligence (AI). Called AI-ALOE, the institute involves 12 other universities, companies and nonprofits exploring how AI can optimize online learning for adults working to master STEM topics.
  • Because the pervasiveness and threat of sickle cell disease merits new thinking and approaches, GRA created the Solve Sickle Cell Initiative. This endeavor builds on Georgia’s research and clinical strengths and adds talent and infrastructure at three collaborating institutions.
  • Piloted in summer 2021, GRA Student Scholars is an initiative that creates new opportunities for students underrepresented in STEM research to gain lab experience. In 2022, 20 students from universities across Georgia will work alongside GRA Eminent Scholars and Distinguished Investigators.
  • GRA’s Greater Yield initiative benefits Georgia farmers and food producers by developing and delivering new agtech inventions out of Georgia’s universities. The effort leverages the time-tested capabilities of GRA’s venture development program.

These special initiatives help Georgia and its universities capitalize on opportunities, so that GRA broadens and deepens its impact on our state.