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Noted for its world-class research capabilities, the University of Virginia is engaged in a wide range of research in medicine, engineering, and the arts and sciences. Cutting-edge research and scholarship by the University's excellent faculty bring vibrance to the classroom and national prominence to academic programs.
Research is an integral part of the educational process at the University for both graduate and undergraduate students. Opportunities to participate in research are available for both graduates and undergraduates and result in published papers even for some undergraduates.
A distinct feature of the University's research community is the extent to which it fosters interdisciplinary research. A number of research centers and institutes have been established in recent years to facilitate collaboration among faculty who have common research interests and objectives but who are located in different academic units. One outcome of this interdisciplinary emphasis has been the growth in recent years of joint academic programs leading to joint degrees.
Exciting research is undertaken jointly by faculty from engineering and from medicine in a department that bridges academic divisions, and other engineering faculty have research ties with environmental sciences or physics faculty. Medical faculty and biology faculty work closely together on a variety of research projects as do physics and chemistry faculty. Research collaborations are common among non-scientists as well. Law faculty work in conjunction with business faculty and have launched a center jointly with psychology faculty. Business faculty and faculty from various humanities departments bring their separate viewpoints and research strategies to bear on common issues. Interdisciplinary research provides opportunities for shared use of facilities, synergism in research efforts and augmented funding.
In fiscal year 1995-96, research at the University was supported by over 1700 separate awards totaling $141 million dollars from federal and state agencies, industry and foundations. This represents an increase in both the total dollar amount and the average size of each grant in recent years and, given the reality of shrinking available research funding, reflects the University's growing research stature and prominence.
The University demonstrates its commitment to research by providing internal financial funding in certain circumstances. The Academic Enhancement Program makes substantial three-year grants to support the development of innovative ideas by selected faculty who subsequently have competed successfully for outside funding. The University also provides funding for particularly meritorious research which might otherwise have brief funding interruptions, thus maintaining continuity in important, on-going projects. Through the Bankard Foundation endowment, year-long research grants support research in economics and government studies and in another program. Summer Grants support faculty engaged in research in the humanities and social sciences.
An excellent University Library System, consisting of thirteen libraries, support research efforts at the University with a full range of information services including remote accessible on-line catalogs, computerized literature search capability, inter-library loan and delivery services, and electronic text and digital media centers.
The knowledge being uncovered and the technology being developed today at the University of Virginia will play a vital role in how we live in the twenty-first century.
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