The Ken Kennedy Institute works closely with members to develop funding opportunities and research partnerships with academia, industry, and private foundations. We develop collaborative efforts across Rice University and the Houston artificial intelligence, data, and computing community, including supporting faculty engagements and proposal development. The Institute also works closely with the Office of Information Technology, continuing to develop and improve Rice’s research computing and data infrastructure.


Proposal Development & Support

The Ken Kennedy Institute offers a variety of services to assist and support faculty in writing, coordinating, and submitting grant proposals. The Institute also works in connection with Phyllis McBride, Director of the Office of Proposal Development. The Office of Proposal Development assists faculty researchers in conceptualizing, developing, and writing proposals to federal agencies and other entities to seek funding for research projects. The OPD can assist with any stage of your proposal including planning, writing, management, formatting and review. If you need assistance with a grant proposal, please reach out to

Facilities, Equipment, and Other Resources

A document overviewing the resources provided by Rice University, the Ken Kennedy Institute, and the Center for Research Computing (CRC) is available here. This text can be used for grant proposals. Click here to download the .tex files for grant usage.

  • Ken Kennedy Institute
  • Shared Facilities Supporting Research Cyberinfrastructure
  • Data Center
  • Networking
  • Research Data Facility
  • Cyberinfrastructure Plan
  • Shared Research Computing Infrastructure
  • Non-HPC/HTC Research Computing

Bright Data: The Bright Initiative

The Bright Initiative is a global organization that uses public web data to drive positive change. Powered by Bright Data, one of the world’s most powerful web data platforms, the Initiative provides public bodies, non-profit organizations, and academic institutions around the world with data and expertise to tackle the most pressing global issues of our time.

By joining the Initiative, you now gain direct access to Bright Data’s data-driven technology, know-how, support, and expertise. In addition, partner organizations enjoy multiple benefits, including free access to our web platform.

What does this mean?

  • Pro bono access to Bright Data’s products
  • Free access to all of the Initiative's educational activities and newly released research

If you are within Rice University and are interested in collaborating with Bright Data, please email so that we can connect you to this free resource.

Overleaf Professional

Rice University's Fondren Library is now providing Overleaf Professional, a cloud-based LaTeX editor, to students, faculty and staff. Overleaf is an online collaborative scientific writing and publishing tool designed to make the process of writing, editing, and producing scientific papers and reports much quicker for authors. Overleaf Professional features include real-time track changes, unlimited collaborators, and full document history. Overleaf can also be linked to other services to best fit into your workflow.

All Rice University students, faculty and staff now have access to a free Overleaf Pro account. You'll use your Rice University NetID to access your free Overleaf Pro account.

For more information visit Overleaf Libguide and

Awards & Grants

  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
    • One of the Sloan Foundation's major program areas, Digital Information Technology, has funded Digital Public Library of America, Wikipedia, the Internet Archive, and other projects that increase digital access to knowledge.
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
    • The Mellon Foundation's grant-making area in Higher Education in Scholarship & the Humanities includes support for "programs that scale up training for humanistic engagement with the digital".
  • NEH Office of Digital Humanities
    • The wing of the National Endowment for the Humanities that offers grant funding to support projects in the digital humanities.

Shared Computing Infrastructure

Since 2002, the Ken Kennedy Institute has successfully worked with faculty to fund and build Rice’s shared cyberinfrastructure. Today, the Institute, in partnership with Rice’s Office of Information Technology, supports the computational research needs of more than 200 faculty members and over 800 users. In any given month, 250 of these users consume significant computing and storage resources.

The Institute could not operate and continue to build upon its shared computing infrastructure without the technical support of Rice’s Office of Information Technology, the financial support of Rice University, funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institute of Health (NIH), and support by industry partners. While we continue partnering to write infrastructure grant proposals, the competition is becoming increasingly tough with less government funding available. Since 2002, the Institute has helped fund, on average, $1 million per year of research computing infrastructure at Rice. This has helped Rice sustain a healthy computational infrastructure, serving as a catalyst for research and maintaining Rice’s ability to be competitive for research funding.

Center for Research Computing

The Center for Research Computing (CRC) acts as the default contact for all research-related service inquiries and represents researcher interests to the larger Office of Information Technology with advice from a faculty working group. Ken Kennedy Institute members, Scott Rixner and Farès el-Dahdah, help to gather faculty needs and collaborate with the CRC.

The CRC provides shared facilities and services for computing, visualization, data-storage, and networking designed to support research at Rice University please visit here for details on the CRC's resources and how to get access to them:

  • High Performance Computing: High-powered computing resources for big datasets.
  • Research Data Facility: When your project won't fit on, or shouldn't be on, an external hard disk.
  • High-Speed Data Transfer: When your project is too big for a regular FTP transfer. Specialized, NSF-funded infrastructure for moving large-scale data sets.
  • Visualization: Help with Visualization of data.
  • Virtual Machines: Help when your project needs virtual machines.

Ken Kennedy Institute YouTube Channel

Visit the Ken Kennedy Institute YouTube Channel to view recorded talks and sessions from our:

Research Centers, Institutes and Groups

Click here to view a list of Research Centers, Institutes and Groups across Rice University.

Office of Research

The Office of Research seeks to sensibly improve Rice’s research productivity and expand the impact of its discoveries on both scholars and communities alike. We do this by:

  • Providing faculty and staff with excellent service in proposal development and award submissions.
  • Informing and equipping our researchers to efficiently address a broad gamut of research compliance issues.
  • Engaging in collaborative commercialization activities that put our intellectual property portfolio on a strong financial foundation while developing commercialization partners more intentionally.
  • Constantly updating and investing in our research and scholarship infrastructure.
  • Developing unconventional and non-traditional support for Rice’s research.
  • Supporting campus-wide initiatives that nucleate activities across divisions even as they externally define Rice’s research enterprise.


The Rice Ken Kennedy Institute is located on the campus of Rice University inside Duncan Hall. Click the map below for directions.

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Phone: 713-348-5823

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