Strategic Research & Discovery

Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) mission is to advance knowledge and serve the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world through research, scholarship, creative arts, and innovation to enable discoveries that enrich and improve lives.

The office is responsible for the strategic vision for research, developing and executing initiatives to accomplish the vision, as well as the various compliance and support areas. VPR works to catalyze, support and safeguard UVA research.

The VPR is seed funding research with a strategy of moving research from promising to preeminent and supporting UVA's Strategic Plan.

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Pathways to Research Preeminence

Collectively, UVA's research productivity, quality, and impact are strong but could be even stronger. To help us move from prominent to preeminent in research, we will focus on a discrete set of pressing challenges and opportunities that require collaboration across disciplines and schools and where UVA can be an international leader in important fields of research.

We have identified five priority areas that represent major societal challenges and opportunities and draw on our existing strengths: Democracy, Environmental Resilience and Sustainability, Precision Medicine, the Brain and Neuroscience, and Digital Technology and Society. In each area, we will take a coordinated approach through institutes, centers, and labs to amplify the impact of our faculty’s work.

By the Numbers

1.94
B
in Research Proposal Activity Annually
$412
M
in Sponsored Research Awards in 2019
1.5
M
Square Feet of Research, Lab, and Studio Space

In the News

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The inaugural Research Achievement Awards featured University leaders handing out 13 honors to UVA’s most outstanding researchers working on projects ranging “from education policy to precision medicine to police-community relations.”

The inaugural Research Achievement Awards featured University leaders handing out 13 honors to UVA’s most outstanding researchers working on projects ranging “from education policy to precision medicine to police-community relations.”

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An important pediatric cancer drug is in critically short supply, leading to difficult decisions for health care professionals. Math models being developed at UVA aim to ease the allocation process in times of drug shortages.

An important pediatric cancer drug is in critically short supply, leading to difficult decisions for health care professionals. Math models being developed at UVA aim to ease the allocation process in times of drug shortages.

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Kindness is generally accepted as a sought-after characteristic in romantic partners. However, new research from Lalin Anik suggests that we are most drawn to those who single us out for special treatment – and might compromise on traits like general kindness to get it.

Kindness is generally accepted as a sought-after characteristic in romantic partners.

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Looking for a Researcher?

Search our faculty database.  In 2018 we created 3 Cavaliers, a rapid seed funding program enabling creative, collaborative, consequential research ideas. As part of this initiative we created a faculty database to make it easier to find collaborators at UVA.