The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation supports the university community and its missions by

  • Catalyzing growth in Virginia Tech’s research enterprise by providing strategic vision, guidance, and coordination
  • Championing Virginia Tech’s research programs and capabilities in Virginia, across the nation, and around the globe
  • Identifying  opportunities for and providing institutional support to faculty to organize and focus strategic research efforts within and across traditional disciplinary boundaries
  • Working closely with advancement and Virginia Tech’s colleges to create and grow holistic university-industry partnerships
  • Offering a portfolio of support and services to help researchers translate discoveries into commercial products
  • Advancing Virginia Tech’s diverse research enterprise with state-of-the-art infrastructure and accreditations
  • Providing training, services, and processes to help researchers maintain the highest standards of research integrity and regulatory compliance
  • Delivering effective and efficient research administration to help researchers as they identify, pursue, capture, and deliver research programs

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.

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.


As Vice President for Research and Innovation, Theresa Mayer is responsible for maintaining a dynamic, scalable, and competitive research environment at Virginia Tech.

Administrative Units

Our administrative units, staff, and partners help to advance the university’s research mission through a set of strategic areas of focus and a shared vision.