The Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) is responsible for the integration and enhancement of research activities across UVA’s eleven schools and multiple research centers. VPR leads university-wide strategic growth activities, including multidisciplinary groups in environmental sustainability, innovation, energy systems, and biosciences. VPR also coordinates the various University units that comprise the research infrastructure, including the acquisition of research funding, the planning and development of academic research space, research commercialization, the incubation of new companies and recruiting of corporate research partners to local research parks, and public outreach.

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Governor Terry McAuliffe hosts a statewide, virtual town hall on Technology-based Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Governor McAuliffe, Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson, and Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones hosted a statewide, virtual town hall on Technology-based Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Virginia. The video conference connected seven sites around the Commonwealth, allowing the Governor and his team to gather input from a diverse group of entrepreneurs, academia, and other stakeholders on topics related to building the New Virginia Economy. The Governor and the Secretaries used this opportunity to hear from entrepreneurs and innovators on strategies the Commonwealth could employ to strengthen Virginia's ability to attract and produce entrepreneurs and make Virginia a more attractive location for transformational research and innovation. "Making our Commonwealth the world's best home to innovators and entrepreneurs is at the heart of building a new Virginia economy," said Governor McAuliffe. "I was thrilled today to interact with so many Virginians who will be at the center our efforts to create new jobs and grow our economy. I look forward to continuing this discussion and working with our innovators to put Virginia entrepreneurs, communities and families in the best position to succeed." The major discussion points include the need to fund early-stage and proof-of-concept research; the need to connect innovators, startup companies and research teams with high-caliber entrepreneurial talent and the recognition of a statewide culture of entrepreneurship. See full recorded event.

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Culture of Innovation at UVA

A new culture of innovation has emerged in all facets of UVA research programs, spanning all 11 schools. This new culture is producing unprecedented outcomes for university innovation and offers a model for federal and private partner investment in innovation. UVA innovation initiatives have become a tremendous magnet for the world’s leading innovative corporations, venture capital firms, and entrepreneurs. Read more.