Greg Gulick Honorary Research Award

Preparing your Greg Gulick Honorary Research Award Request

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In honor of Greg Gulick, the late Interim Chief Information Officer of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Amazon Web Services has given $100,000 in AWS credits for research projects focused on combating cancer or COVID-19.

Greg was a university leader, a colleague, husband, father, and a friend. He passed away of COVID-19 in February 2021, an illness he worked very hard to protect the university community from. His passing was a difficult blow for many, both personally and professionally. He was known as a fighter and had battled and beat back cancer previously. Those who knew him well, fully expected him to also beat COVID-19. Sadly, this was not the case.

As Interim CIO, Greg led Technology Services in supporting, growing, and improving the impressive IT infrastructure that serves as a foundation for our university operations and our academic and research missions. His empowering, compassionate, and inclusive leadership during this COVID-19 year was integral in ensuring remote work, teaching, learning, and research were not only viable but successful. As a leader, Greg encouraged his colleagues to explore new ideas and think freely about potential solutions to the technology challenges facing our university community, and building our cloud operations was at the forefront of these efforts. As Illinois brought access to commercial cloud services, research support was prioritized first - a move no other university has taken - and this has proven a great benefit to our institution.

Technology Services has worked with Amazon Web Services over the past three years to integrate cloud services into our infrastructure. We thank AWS for this gift and for the opportunity to share it with our research community.

Research IT at Technology Services is now accepting proposals for the Greg Gulick Honorary Research Awards. There are four $25,000 allocations of research credits available, but proposals can request more than one. 

To request access to AWS resources for this call, you must prepare a description, no longer than three (3) pages, of your proposed work. Do not include any proprietary information in proposals. 


University of Illinois faculty and staff with 50% -100% appointments, engaged in research (broadly defined) and/or creative inquiry as part of their professional responsibilities, are eligible to apply. (This includes tenured, tenure-line, specialized faculty, and academic professionals.)

Acknowledging Support

Papers, presentations, and other publications featuring work that was supported, at least in part, by the resources, services and support provided via this opportunity are expected to acknowledge that support.  Please include the following acknowledgement:


This work used resources, services, and support provided via the Greg Gulick Honorary Research Award Opportunity supported by a gift from Amazon Web Services.