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Vice President for Research

Francis L. Macrina, PhD

Francis L. Macrina, PhD

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Research universities provide the nexus of discovery, education, and service. The research process evolves into scholarly publication, enlightening histories, interpretative arts, lifesaving drugs, and remarkable innovations ranging from nanotechnology to macroeconomics. Each day VCU researchers make progress toward improving our quality of life and our understanding of the world around us.

Our research provides an incubator for training new scholars and a new generation of students who understand where and how knowledge is formed. No matter their chosen career, all benefit from the curiosity instilled and the recognition that learning is a lifelong process.

The VCU Office of Research seeks to partner with faculty in all Schools and departments as they seek funding, plan studies, establish collaborations, calculate budgets, submit grant applications, negotiate industry contracts, and secure patents and licensing agreements. Skilled staff within each of the major divisions—sponsored programs administration, research subjects protection, animal research, technology transfer, industry partnerships, and education and oversight—look forward to helping VCU faculty in all realms of the research process. Please do not hesitate to contact us with your questions and requests for assistance. We are here to help you expand the frontiers of learning and scientific advancement for the benefit of society.

The research enterprise at VCU has made substantial forward steps in recent years, doubling the sponsored award base, renovating laboratories, rebuilding the research subjects protection program, and investing in state-of-the-art animal care equipment and facilities. I look forward to working with you as we take the next step.

Francis L. Macrina, PhD
Vice President for Research