Founded in 1872 as a land-grant college, Virginia Tech is the most comprehensive university in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and is among the top research universities in the nation.
Research institutes, centers, laboratories and faculty groups in Virginia Tech's National Capital Region offer private industry, local and federal agencies and other institutions of higher education in the region opportunities to expand scientific collaborations, to apply technical and scientific knowledge to important issues in the region, and to expand business opportunities.
In the past years these research efforts have contributed more than $15 million to the region.
Virginia Tech’s research expertise in the National Capital Region spans a wide and diverse range of subjects, primarily in the focus areas of:
Cutting across these research focus areas are multidisciplinary themes of: