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.






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

in Research Proposal Activity Annually
in Sponsored Research Awards in 2019
Square Feet of Research, Lab, and Studio Space

In the News

L Ilse Cleeves

Few university astronomy departments have more than one faculty member who has been awarded a prestigious Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering.

Research funding last 45 years

One of the goals of the University of Virginia’s strategic plan is to continually grow its research funding base.

Sarah Maloni

The National Science Fundation has awarded Assistant Professor Sara Maloni with Early Career Development (CAREER) award.

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.