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Research is for Everyone.

Every day at VCU, our scientists, faculty, physicians, nurses, students, and staff work to address society’s grand challenges through research. Together, they are advancing transdisciplinary innovation to improve humanity and save the planet.

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Transforming innovation starts at VCU

Enrich the human experience. Improve society. Optimize health. Support sustainable environments. Every research project at VCU falls into one, several, or all four of these strategic priorities.

Enriching the human experience

Focus on innovation and ways to inform policy change through transdisciplinary knowledge creation, applications in technology and innovations in creative practice.

Klein - Virtual Reality

Achieving a just and equitable society

Develop a national model for transforming DEI research and scholarship into measurable, societally relevant outcomes.

RTR Teacher and students

Optimizing health

Harness our strengths in basic research, personalized medicine, public health and innovations in medicine to address health disparities that lead to optimized health for all.

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Supporting sustainable energy and environments

Bring about the convergence of technological innovation and sustainability to solve society’s critical energy and environmental problems.


Culture of collaboration

A foundation of bringing societal impact through a culture of collaboration transcends all other themes of our strategic plan. Collaborative projects drive innovation and discoveries that improve our community, our society and our world. We commit to improving the human condition through a culture of creativity, team science, collaborative research and recognition at VCU. This plan is for everyone in the university who is or could be involved with research, scholarship and creative practice.

Keen Abbatte - Culture of Collaboration