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Virginia Tech’s strategic plan affirms the university’s commitment to achieving excellence as a comprehensive land-grant university that makes innovative contributions in learning, discovery, and engagement.

The Research Institutes of Virginia Tech enhance the university's ability to address large scale research opportunities by crossing traditional disciplinary and college lines. The seven institutes provide clients access to world class expertise across many disciplines and to the scientific and technical capability of specially equipped, advanced laboratories.

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Fralin Life Science Institute

The Fralin Life Science Institute promotes interdisciplinary research and education in the sciences.

Focus Areas:

  • Vector-Borne Disease
  • Infectious Disease & Microbial Sciences
  • Plant Sciences
  • Obesity
  • Cancer Biology
  • Ecology & Organismal Biology
Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology

Focused on the intersection of the arts, creative technologies, and learning, the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology conducts and applies trans-disciplinary, collaborative research to enhance learning in PK-12 and higher education environments.
Targeted Research and Scholarship Areas:

  • Critical and creative thinking skills
  • Learning advancement, especially in math, science, social studies, and language arts
  • Innovation of trans-disciplinary educational experiences
Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science

The Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science promotes cutting-edge research at the intersection of engineering, science, and medicine.

Focus Areas:

  • Nanoscale Science and Engineering
  • Nano-bio Interface
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Renewable Materials
  • Safe Water
  • Cognitive and Communication Systems
  • National Security
  • Emerging Technologies
Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment

The Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment strengthens the university's competitive position in the social sciences, humanities, and arts.

Targeted Research and Scholarship Areas:

  • Global Issues Initiative
  • Human development and health
  • Rhetoric, representation, and public humanities
  • Social complexity, risk, and resilience
  • Community arts, built environments, and urban formations

Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech combines information technology, medicine, and biology to generate, interpret, and apply vast amounts of data to solve problems in the biomedical, environmental, and agricultural sciences.

Focus Areas:

  • High-capacity resources for disease research
  • Ultra-scale biomedical data analysis, interpretation, and simulation
  • Access to innovative high performance computing
  • Predictive diagnostic tests and therapeutics
  • Commercialization and entrepreneurship

The Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute conducts interdisciplinary and translational research within the medical sciences to facilitate discovery-based medical education and to continually improve patient care through discovery and research.

Focus areas

  • Addiction research
  • Cancer biology
  • Computational biology
  • Developmental and regenerative medicine
  • Cardiovascular science and cardiology
  • Infectious diseases
  • Inflammation
  • Neurobiology, cognitive neuroscience, and decision-science

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute develops and uses state-of-the-art tools, techniques, and technologies to solve transportation challenges.

Focus areas

  • Human factors and safety
  • Transportation technology
  • Roadway infrastructure
  • Traffic mobility
  • Injury biomechanics
  • Transportation policy
  • Product development

University Research Centers

Opportunities and answers to complex challenges lie at the intersections of traditional disciplines.  Virginia Tech is a leader in the practice of crossing disciplinary lines to solve problems and open doors to possibilities. While these 2 university-level interdisciplinary research centers are resources for researchers, students, and partners beyond the university – the practice of collaboration is not limited to these centers.