Virginia Commonwealth University maintains a commitment to providing a broad-based program of research and scholarly activities that enhances the teaching mission of the university and the quality of services provided to the community.
VCU is consistently recognized as a leader in instruction among institutions of higher education in the commonwealth. As a major doctoral-granting institution, VCU is ranked by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as one of the nation’s top research universities. With more than $211 million in sponsored programs during fiscal year 2006, VCU is ranked among the top 100 universities in the country for attracting sponsored research.
VCU’s Office of Research places emphasis on using research to create, apply and preserve new knowledge and transfer developments to future generations through instruction and publication. The Office of Research provides information on the policies and guidelines for conducting research at the university, as well as the resources that support research initiatives.
For detailed information on research programs and facilities at VCU, visit the websites for individual schools, departments and faculty members.
Recognized for its livability and pro-business environment, Virginia is ideally located within the eastern U.S. pharmaceutical and biotechnology corridor and has targeted biotechnology as a key industry for economic growth. This region is now home to more than 144 companies in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and bioscience industries.
Located adjacent to VCU’s MCV Campus and Richmond’s downtown business district, the Virginia BioTechnology Research Park was launched in 1992 by a partnership of university, government and industry leaders. The research park’s development is at the center of a growing enclave of research-oriented biomedical and biotechnology ventures in Virginia, many of which have sprung from research work at the state’s research universities and described on the Virginia BioTech Park website.
VCU Life Sciences is focused on the study of interrelationships among the biological components of life. Outstanding faculty throughout the university are brought together to participate in flexible curricula that encompass interdependent bodies of science such as biology and chemistry, engineering and mathematics, medicine, technology and physics.