In addition to enhancing research and innovation culture, ecosystem, and growth, the Research and Innovation office continues to restructure, realign, and reinforce capabilities to assist faculty in winning more competitive, major research grants to boost the impact of their portfolios.
Virginia Tech faculty members displayed their research goals in 2021 by submitting a record number of proposals, with total research proposal value up 38% over 2020. These efforts are paying off in 2022, with research spending increasing by 12% in the first three quarters compared to the same period in 2021.
In the 2022 Times Higher Education World University Ranking, which evaluates research quality on a worldwide scale, Virginia Tech was ranked 251-300. The institution is now rated No. 16 among research-intensive public land-grant universities, with a target of moving up to No. 13 by 2024.
“Virginia Tech has a tremendous foundation for growth based on existing capacity and resources, world-class facilities, and highly regarded faculty,” said Dan Sui, senior vice president for research and innovation. “With major initiatives like the Research Frontiers intended to bring together diverse expertise to focus on areas that address emerging challenges facing humanity, we must mobilize every resource to help faculty who are leading cutting-edge research endeavors that will impact our community, near and far.”