Development Opportunities

The Institute for Materials is committed to promoting a creative, collaborative environment that provides leadership in methods to discover and develop new and improved materials. This requires strategic alliances with visionary industry partners, government agencies, foundations, and individuals investing in academic leadership and the future workforce.

Specific opportunities for supporting IMat’s vision and mission include:

X-Materials Prize

This endowment will support hosting of a national student competition for the most promising and enabling materials discovery or development activity that addresses a grand challenge problem in area X (for example energy, mobility, health, security, computing, or communications) with significant economic and/or societal impact. The competition will be offered every two years and will have guidelines regarding limits on the timeframe from conception to delivery, thereby promoting accelerated development.  X-Materials prizes will be awarded for first place and runner-up.

• Nominally $50,000-$100,000/year endowed or by annual contribution. Part of the Institute for Materials' Materials Innovation Ecosystem. Corpus of $1.2-$2 million desired. — Contact Lori Brown, ( Office of Development

Endowed Chair in Materials Innovation

Income from this endowment will support the research and education activities of an outstanding faculty member with visionary leadership in the spectrum of materials discovery, design, development, and deployment.  This Chair will be expected to secure resources to push the research frontiers of their fields and lead education and research efforts in key areas that cut across academic disciplines and colleges. The funding, used at the recipient’s discretion, will typically be used for establishing collaborations, investing in new cross-cutting exploratory research directions, and developing new capabilities that strengthen Georgia Tech’s Materials Innovation Ecosystem.

• Corpus of $2.5 million in engineering or sciences within 3-4 years. — Contact Lori Brown, (, Office of Development

Please direct inquiries to:

Dave McDowell, Executive Director, Institute for Materials
Phone: 404.894.5128