About Research Next

Launched by Executive Vice President for Research Chaouki T. Abdallah in early 2020, the Commission on Research Next (CRN) is a planning initiative that will create a new strategy for the future of the research enterprise at Georgia Tech. Faculty, researchers, staff, and students at Georgia Tech are building a cohesive plan that assesses the current research landscape and will outline a new approach to address the world’s largest challenges. The goals are to discover the issues that will define the future of research, uncover new opportunities for engagement with peers, partners, and others, and build the necessary infrastructure to make it all possible.

CRN is working in alignment with the mission, vision, values, and strategic themes from the Institute strategic plan.

More specifically, the Commission will:

  • Through group meetings, seminars, and other forums, provide input and insights to the Research Next discovery and planning process.
  • Conduct independent research and study to contribute to strategic analysis and discovery of current and anticipated future states.
  • Contribute, through team writing and editing, to reports and documents that summarize, draw conclusions, and make recommendations about the future of research at Georgia Tech.

Phase 1 of the initiative assesses the current landscape for research-intensive universities. The report of that phase of the initiative is available on this website. A second team of faculty, staff and students is now working on Phase 2 of the effort, which will develop a strategy for how Georgia Tech’s research enterprise will, in alignment with the new Institute strategic plan, respond to these challenges and move forward into the decades ahead.