Fostering Growth in the Field

Funding Opportunities

The Taylor Geospatial Institute strives to lead the nation in geospatial science and accelerate St. Louis’ development as the global center of excellence in geospatial science by creating a world-class interdisciplinary collaborative, fostering talent, and promoting economic development. To do this, the Institute will provide seed funding to stimulate collaborative research, create robust and attractive postdoctoral scholars and visiting scientist programs, as well as provide a cutting-edge geospatial computing infrastructure to catalyze partnership.

Seed Grants

In 2022, the Institute provided $1.5M in seed grants to eight partner institutions. The recipients of the seed grants will have access to state-of-the-art data collection and analytics resources without charge in addition to research funding. The Institute will continue to award grants to partner institutions through a competitive award process.

Postdoctoral Program

With nationally competitive salary, research funding, and other benefits, the Institute aims to attract up to a dozen postdoc fellows per year to St. Louis region. We will provide abundant career pathways to these postdoc fellows that allow them to be employed by universities or industry in St. Louis region upon completion of their postdoc residence. The postdoc scholars will have the opportunity to switch their campuses for residence among the partner institutions and interact with the large network of Institute scientists.

Please read this Postdoc Program Notice of Opportunity (PDF) to learn more about the postdoctoral program and learn how to apply.

Visiting Scientist Program

This helps ensure the Institute is the nation’s leading destination for geospatial research. We will regularly host preeminent geospatial leaders from academia, industry, and government for visits of a few days to several months. Institute visitors will collaborate with faculty, postdocs, and graduate students, expanding opportunities for research and making St. Louis an essential destination for geospatial researchers.

Opportunities to apply for the visiting scientist program will be made available in the future. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter to find out when.