About the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation

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Burruss HallThe Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation supports the university community and its missions by fostering quality research and scholarship, providing access to funding information, enhancing the ability to respond to national research priorities and pursue opportunities, encouraging and directing inquiry into new and emerging fields, promoting solutions to problems and advances of basic knowledge in diverse disciplines and through interdisciplinary cooperation, ensuring compliance with policies and procedures related to research, marketing faculty talent and university capabilities within the university community and to external audiences, and fostering partnerships with outside agencies and businesses.

Virginia Tech has widely respected strengths in engineering and the life sciences and our ability to marshal research resources and integrate capabilities across disciplines has enabled us to solve many complex problems.

We are building future research capability based on these traditional and unique strengths. Guided by the Virginia Tech Long-Range Plan - A Plan for a New Horizon: Envisioning Virginia Tech, 2012-2018,  we are focused on the following:


  • Cyber- security
  • Food security
  • Management and security of communication systems (such as wireless, networks, and smart grids)


  • Resilence of complex systems
  • System stability and resilience of ecosystems
  • Planning for stability in communities of all sizes


  • Neuroscience
  • Genomics
  • Global health issues
  • Aging
  • Methods grounded in high-performance computing and networks


  • Energy, materials, and technology
  • Water science, policy, and management
  • Transportation and communication infrastructures
  • Natural resources, ecosystems, and environmental quality
  • Informatics and policy
  • Food and food systems
  • Sustainable international development

In addition, we continue to support faculty members' insight and creativity in exploring new directions. Such exploration has been responsible for much of this nation's creation of new knowledge and leadership in many arenas that contribute to our quality of life.

Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation

301 Burruss Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0244

Phone: 540-231-6077

Theresa Mayer
Vice President for Research and Innovation

301 Burruss Hall