The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation supports VCU’s research enterprise through all steps of the process, from project development to commercialization and licensure.

We also support a large number of institutes, centers and core laboratories that promote interdisciplinary collaboration and ensure investigators and researchers have the assets needed to advance their groundbreaking research.

You'll find these resources, along with a number of training opportunities and helpful guides throughout our website.


Institutes and centers

Supporting collaborative, cutting-edge research across disciplines

Core laboratories

Facilitating research in the biomedical, life, physical and social sciences

Supply centers

Providing on-site inventory of frequently used scientific products at competitive prices

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Research development

Our research development team offers one-on-one consultation, small group meetings and group training sessions throughout the grant life cycle. Support services include:

  • Project development: We assist with project design, liaise with funding agencies and provide grant writing training throughout the year.
  • Funding opportunity searches:We can help you identify and disseminate funding opportunities and match opportunities with investigators.
  • Team-building: We identify and maintain a list of collaboration tools, and can also help connect you with internal and external collaborators. 
  • Proposal development: We assist with guideline interpretation, proposal planning and process management, and conceptualizing and building competitive budgets. We also provide data on the university research enterprise and funding portfolio, draft language and letters of support, edit proposal drafts, assist with proposal submission

To request assistance for any of these services, contact Make sure to include a lay-language description of your project idea, potential partners/collaborators, potential sponsors and any other relevant information.

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Research Quest Fund

The VCU Presidential Research Quest Fund was established to develop and enhance faculty scholarship across the institution. The research fund's goal is to afford all faculty an internal funding opportunity to support new, emerging or continuing research.

Read more about the Research Quest Fund