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Research Development Series: Collaborating with Virginia Tech's Investment Institutes

Virginia Tech’s investment institutes fuel research and faculty development by investing in high-risk, high-reward projects and convening thought leaders in their respective disciplinary focus areas.

Operating through the Office of Research and Innovation, the investment institutes leverage university funds to invest in targeted research areas with a particular emphasis on interdisciplinary programs. Such investments may include support for recruitment, retention and recognition of faculty, seed funds for new research projects, equipment purchases, support and management of core facilities, graduate student recruitment, undergraduate experiential learning opportunities, and research-related outreach activities. The investment institutes also provide unique shared research facilities and training, help faculty form transdisciplinary teams, compete for external funding, and influence the profile of the research enterprise. 

In this Research Development Series seminar, learn about the specific kinds of research being conducted in each institute and the support, resources, and collaborations that are available to Virginia Tech programs and faculty. 

This seminar is offered both in-person and virtually. 


Research Development Series: Collaborating with Virginia Tech's Investment Institutes

Oct. 19 | 1 - 2:30 p.m.

North End Center, Room 2420

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Robyn Smyth at 540-231-1602 or during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.


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Randy Heflin

Senior Associate Vice President for Research and Innovation  


Karen Roberto

Executive Director, Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment
University Distinguished Professor

Rob McCarley

Executive  Director, Fralin Life Sciences Institute

Ben Knapp

Executive Director, Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology

Stefan Duma

Executive Director, Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science
University Distinguished Professor

About this series 

In January 2021, the Office of Research and Innovation launched its Research Development Series to help faculty in their journey to increase the scope and impact of their research, creativity, and innovation portfolio. With events focused on different facets of sponsored research, from sponsor-specific perspectives to how to work with partners, this series is intended to answer researchers' biggest questions and enlighten scholars at every step in their career.

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