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Research is a way of life at VCU.


People turn to us for opinions, explanations and help in solving some of the most critical issues facing communities today. 

Our faculty, staff and students take the lead. They collaborate. They delve deep into topics. They listen. They question. They explore. It’s what we believe a research university should do. And it’s what we do at Virginia Commonwealth University.

In fiscal year 2022, VCU garnered more than $400 million in sponsored research. Find opportunities and resources through the Office of Research and Innovation.

Bright young minds

We encourage our students, no matter their major, to get involved in research. And they do. Really. Cool. Stuff.

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Drashty Mody

Learned to see dentistry’s link to ecology in her research of wetlands and the James River

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Top 3 Virginia research university

Top 50 National Science Foundation public research university

Top 30 Most innovative public university per U.S. News and World Report

We help get your research off the ground.

Check out the the opportunities for undergraduate research.


Graduate and postdoctoral research

As a graduate student or postdoc at VCU, you'll have the chance to dive into research that matters to you, working side by side with faculty experts when you need guidance.

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Unconventional partnerships

The beauty of being an urban, public research university is that we get to work with so many different people — all contributing their perspectives. You might think we’re a bit unconventional in some of the ideas and experts we bring together. We think that’s when we are at our best. And we absolutely love the results.

Researcher observing baby on skateboard-like device

Baby steps

Helping babies with neuromuscular disorders crawl and explore the world Read more

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Aging gracefully

PALETTE, an intergenerational arts program, pairs VCU students with senior adults to overcome ageism through art Read more

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Love notes

An interdisciplinary project helps new and expectant mothers in difficult circumstances write lullabies to bond with their children Read more

Ph.D. student sitting in grass with meteorological research equipment

Measuring flux

New meteorological tower at the Rice Rivers Center gives researchers the big picture on environment and climate change Read more

Current research across VCU

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