Georgia Research Alliance

Growing Georgia’s technology economy

New companies and jobs are consistently created out of university laboratories in Georgia thanks to the work of the Georgia Research Alliance (GRA).

An independent nonprofit closely aligned with Georgia’s Department of Economic Development, GRA expands research and commercialization capacity in Georgia’s universities to grow the state’s technology economy. The GRA board is a unique alliance of prominent leaders from industry, academia and government.

GRA’s impact transcends economic growth: The Alliance has played a key role in building a reputation for Georgia as a center of discovery and invention, and GRA is recognized nationally as the strongest enterprise of its kind.

Funded through public and private sources, GRA:

  • recruits world-class scientists to Georgia universities as GRA Eminent Scholars®
  • invests in state-of-the-art research technology for university labs
  • seeds and shapes companies around the most promising university-based discoveries and inventions
  • forges and strengthens alliances among universities and industry to make Georgia more economically competitive

Since its formation in 1990, GRA has leveraged just over $600 million of state funding into $3.8 billion of direct federal and private investment in Georgia. This investment has supported the creation of more than 150 companies and more than 6,400 high-skill, high-value jobs.

GRA’s investment and involvement has ensured that science and technology breakthroughs consistently emerge from Georgia Tech, University of Georgia, Emory University, Clark Atlanta University, Medical College of Georgia, Georgia State, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Mercer University.

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