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About the Office for Research and Innovation

Located in Blacksburg, Virginia, with growing campuses in Roanoke and Northern Virginia, Virginia Tech is a top 30 public research institution. With over $556 million in annual research expenditures, including rapidly expanding research and innovation capabilities across fields like neuroscience, next-generation wireless communications, cybersecurity, autonomous systems, coastal resiliency, and space systems, Virginia Tech’s leading research enterprise is diverse, dynamic, and impactful.

Daniel Sui, who joined the Virginia Tech community on Nov. 2, 2020, leads the research enterprise as the vice president for research and innovation.

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Through a portfolio of administrative, service, investment, execution capabilities, personnel, and facilities, the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI) bolsters this research enterprise through services and support that help faculty, staff, and students plan, perform, and commercialize groundbreaking research. OVPRI 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 provides 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

Major initiatives, like the new Virginia Tech Innovation Campus in Alexandria, Virginia, the tech-talent pipeline growth in Blacksburg, Virginia and the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative promise to accelerate growth in Virginia Tech’s research enterprise. Embodying its motto of Ut Prosim (That I may serve) and delivering on its land-grant heritage, Virginia Tech’s research enterprise spans medicine to physics, engineering to humanities, and agriculture to the arts. It is broad in its sponsorship, partnership, discipline, and impact.

Virginia Tech's Office for Research and Innovation includes over 1,000 faculty and staff who support, enable, and perform research across Virginia Tech’s main campus in Blacksburg and at locations across the Commonwealth, and the world.