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Core Faculty Catalyst Awards

TDAI core faculty (hires) are eligible to apply for Core Faculty Catalyst Grants to initiate, advance and disseminate and otherwise advance interdisciplinary research that has potential to benefit the greater good. Proposals on any topic are welcome, and ideas are encouraged that relate to AI and Health, Environment and Sustainability, Foundations of Data Science and AI, Responsible Data Science, and Smart Mobility. 

Uses of Catalyst Grants can include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting small proof-of-concept studies.
  • Organizing conferences, symposia or other activities at Ohio State that engage OSU researchers, external collaborators and/or stakeholders around research topics of import.
  • Organizing facilitated ideas lab or workshops to develop concepts, white papers, proposals or other research products.
  • Organizing facilitated strategic planning and team development activities.
  • Engaging services necessary for publishing, presenting or otherwise disseminating research outcomes.

Core Faculty Catalyst Grants may include:


To be eligible for a Core Faculty Catalyst Grant, a proposed project is required to:

  • Be led by at least one TDAI core faculty hire.
  • Include OSU researchers representing two disciplines.
  • Contribute to developing, scaling or otherwise advancing interdisciplinary research that has an explicit data analytics component and the potential to benefit the greater good.


There is no deadline for TDAI Core Faculty Catalyst proposals. Applications are reviewed by the instituteā€™s faculty leadership as they are received, and awarded for as long as TDAI's budget permits. The intended time for review and notification is 60 days.

For more information, email TDAI Research Strategist and Facilitator Jenny Grabmeier at grabmeier.3@osu.edu.