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An unparalleled industry-ready talent pipeline, Virginia Tech is forging new partnerships and strengthening existing partnerships to bring world-class research to market, solving challenges in a rapidly changing world, and commercializing discoveries for economic, social and global good.

Virginia Tech researchers partner with federal research agencies and laboratories and leading corporations to advance scientific frontiers and solve the world's most complex problems.  

They are scientists, engineers, inventors, virologists, cyberwarriors, environmental scientists, and quantum physicists whose research collaborations extend traditional boundaries, offering partners access to a wide range of research.

From award to discovery to market, federal, private, and industry partnerships are critical to Virginia Tech’s research enterprise.

By the Numbers

Expanding impact of Virginia Tech’s research through increasing core metrics of technology transfer and commercialization. *Data below reflects the success of the 2023 fiscal year.

$80 million-plus in corporate and foundation philanthropy
25 license deals
142 new invention disclosures

Dedicated professionals making connections

From discovery to market, the Virginia Tech Innovation and Partnership team connects companies and foundations with opportunities. Dedicated to supporting all aspects of alumni, foundation, and corporate partnerships from research collaborations and corporate giving to technology commercialization and start-ups. 

Comprising three centers, LINK + LICENSE + LAUNCH, the Innovation and Partnership team is focused on turning what if into what’s next.


Center for Advancing Partnerships

Serves as a gateway to the university to support holistic, strategic industry partnerships. We deliver market-driven sensibility and expertise.

Strengthening the relevance and impact of Virginia Tech research and innovation to federal partners and sponsors

The Office of Strategic Research Alliances provides advice to university researchers on agency priorities and conducts collaborative strategic program planning aligned with agency needs. Serving as a bridge between federal partners and researchers, the office advances collaboration, tracks research trends, and cooperatively maps Virginia Tech expertise to agency needs and priorities.

Connecting researchers through expertise and strategic planning, the Office of Strategic Research Alliances works to:

Establish, strengthen, and maintain relationships between Virginia Tech and  federal research sponsors

Track, analyze, and disseminate research priorities of federal agencies, while elevating Virginia Tech’s participation in national research agenda-setting activities

Convene the research community to shape innovative solutions to national priorities and build collaborative teams to advance those solutions


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