VCU research and awards

Dear VCU and VCU Health community,

Before we take a brief break for the Thanksgiving holiday, I am writing to thank you for your amazing work during a year of change. I am grateful for your unwavering dedication to creativity, discovery, innovation and the advancement of the human condition.

With your hard work and support, VCU reached a record $335 million in sponsored research funding in FY 2020, surpassing the previous year—also a record-breaking year—by 8%. VCU is among the nation’s top 100 research universities, which is one reason why so many look to us for guidance and expertise in multiple disciplines.

I know you are proud of all you have accomplished this year. Your work is life-changing and benefits so many across the world.

Again, thank you.


Michael Rao, Ph.D.
VCU and VCU Health System

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