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

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 our 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

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Slack Discussion Boards

The Ken Kennedy Institute has created a Slack Workspace with a set of channels around broad computing-related thematic areas of relevance in efforts to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope that Rice faculty with data and computing interests will find the thematic areas below relevant and contribute to the channels that reflect their interests. You may decide to join a channel if you have interest as a creator of relevant computing or data technologies, a potential consumer of such technologies, or both.

A facilitator is assigned per channel and the role of this person is to help get things started by inviting key people to join and help move things forward when possible and meaningful. Projects and smaller focus groups will hopefully emerge through these channels. Should there be enough Rice interest and subscription to these channels, we plan to open the channels to our collaborators at the TMC and beyond, and potentially create additional channels as new topics emerge.

We see this as a way to connect Rice faculty and get a conversation going on how our collective expertise on computing can be exploited to help local, national, and international efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope that this effort will initiate a ground-up conversation.

If you are interested in joining this channel, please reach out to

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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