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 2021, VCU garnered $363 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.
Correlated strong ethnic identity to safer sex practices among African Americans
Tied his music-writing process to methods he’s using to research a gene linked to ALS
Learned to see dentistry’s link to ecology in her research of wetlands and the James River
Top 3 Virginia research university
Top 100 National Science Foundation research university
Only university with all 5 National Institutes of Health training awards
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.
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.
Helping babies with neuromuscular disorders crawl and explore the world Read more[View Image]
Elderly woman and VCU student dancing together
PALETTE, an intergenerational arts program, pairs VCU students with senior adults to overcome ageism through art Read more[View Image]
Woman holding baby in recording studio while talking to man
An interdisciplinary project helps new and expectant mothers in difficult circumstances write lullabies to bond with their children Read more[View Image]
Ph.D. student sitting in grass with meteorological research equipment
New meteorological tower at the Rice Rivers Center gives researchers the big picture on environment and climate change Read more[View Image]