Frontier Center Scholars Program

Frontier Center Scholar Grants

The IIT Bombay-Ohio State Frontier Science and Engineering Research Center is dedicated to creating a global community of researchers, students, and industry. This collaboration between the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay and The Ohio State University builds on both institutions’ research strengths to advance the creation and translation of knowledge, educate students for the global economy, and improve the well-being of our world.

The Frontier Center will act as a catalyst to develop and advance collaborative, industry- and government-funded projects. The Center will host joint workshops and webinars, facilitate courtesy and visiting faculty appointments in strategic areas of interests, and provide seed funding to researchers. The Frontier Center Scholars program is the nucleus of our efforts, providing seed funding to facilitate collaboration.

Click here to read about projects awarded 2022 Frontier Center Scholar Grants.


The Frontier Center Scholars program supports collaborative research between doctoral graduate students (Frontier Center Scholars) from either university, a principal investigator (PI) at IIT Bombay, and a PI at Ohio State. Each Scholar will be co-supervised on their doctoral research by their “home PI” (graduate advisor) and a “host PI.” Each Scholar will complete at least one semester of research at the host university. This initial collaboration will act as a catalyst for a sustained, extramurally funded, collaboration between the PIs. The PIs can propose one of two tracks.

Research Focus Areas

  • Renewable Energy
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Electronics
  • Photonics
  • Emergent Materials
  • Quantum Information and Technology

Key Dates

March 7, 2022Request for Proposals (RFP) released
March-April 2022RFP information and team building sessions hosted by IIT Bombay and Ohio State
Hosted event details will be provided on the Frontier Center website
March 16, 2022Information session, held at 10:30 a.m. Eastern (9 p.m. IST)
April 14, 2022Grad student information session, held at 5 p.m. Eastern
May 31, 2022Deadline for proposals (Note: this is a revision as of 3-15-22)
July 1, 2022Awards announcement
September 1, 2022Contract initiation target


Downloads (2022)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Submissions and additional info

Submit administrative RFP-related questions to Joanna Gardner.