Top Research University

GENERIC RESEARCHVirginia Commonwealth University is garnering an impressive reputation as a top urban research university. In its latest Top American Research Universities report, the Center for Measuring University Performance has listed VCU as a Top 50 public research university overall. VCU was specifically listed in the Top 50 rankings in the categories of faculty awards (ranked 33), doctorates granted (ranked 45) and number of postdocs (ranked 44).

VCU has also demonstrated a significant increase in research and development expenditures in both federal and total spending categories, elevating the university to a Top 100 institution in both these prestigious National Science Foundation rankings.

“These are major achievements for which I am grateful to my faculty colleagues, and it is a wonderful testimony to our national competitiveness and our determination to elevate VCU as one of the nation’s premier public research universities,” said VCU President Michael Rao, Ph.D.

VCU boasts more than $260 million in sponsored research, bringing together faculty experts and student scholars to collaborate across multiple disciplines.

“VCU’s research grant support base has been growing steadily for several years now,” said Francis Macrina, VCU’s vice president for research. “These accomplishments are directly connected to the outstanding scholarly work of our faculty, who have created a research enterprise that is the pride of VCU.”

Research Excellence on a National Scale
VCU is one of only 61 research institutions in the country that has received a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the National Institutes of Health through its National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. VCU is the only academic research institution in Virginia to receive this grant and join the nationwide CTSA consortium.

The VCU Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR), the home for the CTSA grant, showcases the university’s commitment to its research program. The center supports collaborative participation of investigators and students throughout the university, community partners in the Richmond region as well as local and national organizations to work together on innovative research that advances discoveries for the betterment of human health.

The VCU Massey Cancer Center is one of only 67 cancer centers out of the 1,500 in the United States to have earned designation by the National Cancer Institute, putting Massey in the top 4 percent of centers nationwide. Massey scientists and physicians collaborate to conduct laboratory and clinical research to discover new and better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. These researchers conduct basic, clinical and translational research designed to lead to novel approaches to defeat cancer.