UMass-URI Gravity Research Consortium

Gravitational waves from LIGO’s first detection

Welcome to the UMass-URI Gravity Research Consortium (U2GRC).

The U2GRC is a collaboration between the gravity research groups at UMass Dartmouth and the University of Rhode Island. The research areas of interest to the group members include: black holes, gravitational waves, multi-messenger astronomy, astrophysics and quantum gravitation. Most members are part of the LIGO Science Collaboration or the LISA Consortium. Research efforts in the U2GRC are funded through multiple National Science Foundation (NSF) grants, NASA and private foundations (FQXi and others).

U2GRC members collaborate externally with other research groups including the Simulating Extreme Spacetimes (SXS) Collaboration (Caltech & Cornell), Kavli Institute for Astrophysics (MIT), Black Hole Initiative & Center for Astrophysics (Harvard), Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Germany), Texas Tech, Penn State University and Louisiana State University.


  • Approved space-based ESA/NASA LISA Mission supported by U²GRC. - UMass Dartmouth PR: https://www.umassd.edu/news/2024/lisa-mission.html URI PR: https://www.uri.edu/news/2024/01/european-space-agency-green-lights-mission-on-space-based-observatory/
  • LISA Mission Progresses Ahead! - Today, ESA’s Science Programme Committee approved the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) mission, the first scientific endeavour to detect and study gravitational waves from space. https://www.esa.int/Science_Exploration/Space_Science/Capturing_the_ripples_of_spacetime_LISA_gets_go-ahead
  • New full-time computational facilitator positions! - Two new full-time computing facilitator positions available at UMass Dartmouth and URI: https://hyperspace.uni-frankfurt.de/2023/11/21/alternative-career-permanent-ai-computing-facilitator-position-at-university-of-rhode-island-usa/ and https://hyperspace.uni-frankfurt.de/2023/12/03/alternative-career-computing-faculty-position-dartmouth-ma-usa/
  • Multiple funded PhD positions available at the U²GRC - Multiple funded PhD positions are available at the UMass Dartmouth and University of Rhode Island gravity research group.  We seek candidates for multiple, fully-funded PhD positions at UMass Dartmouth and the University of Rhode Island in the broad area of gravitational-wave science.  Gravitational physics researchers at both universities have recently established the UMass-URI Gravity Research […]
  • Ritesh’s new paper on BBH phenomenology - Binary Black Hole Coalescence Phenomenology from Numerical Relativity Richard H. Price, Ritesh Bachhar, Gaurav Khanna arXiv:2312.15885 (2023)
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