George Mason UniversitySchool of Business


The School of Business Grants

The School of Business benefits from a rich research environment that promotes the timely dissemination of emerging data and fosters a collaborative relationship between academia and companies/organizations. 

Research funding sources include a variety of federal agencies, as well as grants from business and industry. The following is a list of grants awarded to Mason School of Business faculty.

Here is a sampling of recent awards:

  • Klimoski and Colleagues Receive a Grant from the HHS Office of Research Integrity

Building upon their studies of multidisciplinary teams, Rich Klimoski, Steve Zaccaro (Psychology) and Aurali Dade (Mason AVP for Development, Research, and Integrity) have been awarded a grant by the HHS Office of Research Integrity to research multidisciplinary teams’ integrity challenges.

Concerns around research integrity have grown exponentially in the last ten years. The issues extend beyond examples of data fabrication and plagiarism to include more nuanced cases including failure for scientists to perform as promised, disputed claims to intellectual property ownership, the inability to replicate findings or statistical standards for research quality. It has been recognized that such issues are frequently faced by scientists participating in what are conventionally described as multidisciplinary teams. But the challenges of managing integrity threats are exacerbated in scientific collective research where scientists are part of multiteam systems (MTSs). MTSs are made up of groups of teams, often themselves interdisciplinary in nature, that are brought together to solve problems that are significant in scale and scope.

For more information, please go here.

  • NSF Awards Funding for Cybersecurity Partnerships for Local Governments

While the nation’s cities and counties are often closest to residents in providing citizen services, public safety and critical infrastructure such as public health and transport, many have limited staffing, expertise and cybersecurity budgets.

Not only are the residents and cities and counties themselves potentially at risk, public safety, public health and critical infrastructure systems are part of larger connected state and national systems. For example, counties own 45% of the U.S. road miles, 40% of the bridges and operate of 30% of public airports and 1,550 health departments.

For more information, please go here.

Recent Activity: On Oct. 3, 2017, City and County Cybersecurity Virginia Partnerships Workshop took place in Richmond.

  • Mason Awarded Funding to Develop Model for Cybersecurity Breaches at a Federal Agency

The project team developed a model to compute expected loss resulting from cybersecurity breaches at a Federal Agency over the span of a calendar year. The eventual aim is to progressively refine the model and use it to help justify investments in cybersecurity at Federal agencies. The general architecture of the model is as follows. First, a baseline model of loss was developed that is not specific to any Federal Agency. The baseline model offers a range of probabilities for cybersecurity breaches, as well as a range of losses stemming from them, from which a baseline expected loss is computed. Then, based on responses provided by a specific agency, to questions about its security profile, the expected loss value can be tailored to the specific agency. The conceptual building blocks of the model were constructed at a fairly high level of aggregation since it is intended to be used at the Cxx level. Numerical values for security event probabilities and losses were developed from a careful review of relevant literature. The team also provided the limitations of the model and the directions in which it could be extended to make it more robust to Vencore Labs.

Nirip Menon is PI. Co-PIs are Abhijit Dutt, Amitava Dutta, and Pallab Sanyal

  • National Science Foundation Awards Mason to Develop CISO Core Competencies

George Mason University’s School of Business and Volgenau School of Engineering were awarded a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop chief information security officer (CISO) core competencies and then apply the results to establish learning objectives and curricula guidelines for cybersecurity leadership education programs.

Mason-IBM-NSF Research Addresses Smart Grid Cyber Security - For the past three years, Mason has partnered with IBM and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to research and develop recommendations for cyber security leadership core competencies and governance best practices for securing the smart grid. Please read about this 3 year grant in this article.

In an intensive cyber security workshop in 2014, CIOs, CISOs, IT and smart grid experts, and policy makers from across the government, private sector, and academia—both domestic and international—came together to provide insights on current and compelling cyber security issues. Download the first Mason-IBM-NSF 2014 Cybersecurity Workshop Report.

Research continued into 2015, building up to the Mason–IBM–NSF Cybersecurity Leadership and Smart Grid Conference which took place in April of that year and was attended by more than 200 cyber security professionals. Speakers included industry experts, such as CISOs, chief technology officers (CTOs) and chief information officers (CIOs) from the government, private sector, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Download the second Mason-IBM-NSF 2015 Cybersecurity Workshop Report.

The School of Business is leading a team of researchers who received a $400,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for a project entitled: Culture and Coordination in Global Engineering Teams. Engineering work has become increasingly complex, and big engineering projects are almost always undertaken by teams of engineers whose members are multicultural and distributed around the globe. Effective coordination is crucial for success, yet recent research suggests that team coordination practices vary with national culture. Experts have warned that engineering education fails to prepare engineers for these differences.

  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Awards Innovation Teams at Mason

David J. Miller, Executive Director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) was awarded a five-year, $500,00 grant that provides $100,000 a year to innovation teams to research their technology, business models and concepts around, and products, processes and services that benefit society.

Please go here to read an article featuring more information.

  • IBM Awards Mason Funding for 3,000 Electric Power Companies 

A multidisciplinary team of George Mason University professors is partnering with IBM to research imminent advancements in the electric power industry, changes that will challenge cybersecurity for the more than 3,000 electric companies in the United States. IBM selected the multidisciplinary team, including representatives from the School of Business, the Volgenau School of Engineering, the Center for Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security, and the School of Public Policy, to receive a prestigious Shared University Research Award.

  • Korea Agency for Defense Development Funds Cybersecurity at Mason

Angelos Stavrou, director of Mason's Center for Assurance Research and Engineering in the Volgenau School of Engineering, and J.P. Auffret, from the School of Business received a $268,000 grant from the Korea Agency for Defense Development (ADD) for a new cyber security consulting project. Stavrou and Auffret have partnered with Brent Kang, a professor in the Cyber Security Systems Research Lab at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), to provide technical consulting for ADD on test and evaluation methodologies for cyber security technologies they are developing.