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Strategic research priorities plan 

Improving the human condition

The plan seeks to enrich the human experience and advance human health and well-being through exceptionally creative, collaborative and community-engaged research. It is an outgrowth of the research goals set forth in VCU’s Quest 2025: Together We Transform strategic plan.

A group of key leaders across both VCU campuses created a bold, ambitious and strategic universitywide plan to serve as a framework to streamline investments leading to increased funding and growth, ultimately advancing excellence in research at VCU.

The plan outlines and expands on the four initiatives that seek to engage more members of the VCU community through a culture of collaboration and aspires to have greater impact on humanity by:

SRPP and 4 initiatives: Enriching the human experience Achieving a just and equitable society Optimizing health Supporting sustainable energy and environments

This is One VCU Research, dedicated to improving the human condition through a culture of creativity, responsiveness to sudden societal changes that fundamentally alter our lives, team science, collaborative research and recognition.

Read more about the mission and vision that inform the plan as well as its details.


Dr. Ryu

Initiative 1

Enriching the human experience

We apply creative expression, critical analysis and advancements in knowledge and technology to enhance individual quality of life and social infrastructure.

STEM teacher

Initiative 2

Achieving a just and equitable society

We commit to identifying injustices and finding solutions to the most difficult social problems to build a better world, recognizing that change begins with us.

Inventors of the year

Initiative 3

Optimizing health

We use trans-, multi-and interdisciplinary approaches at scales from molecules to populations in search of new ways to preserve and restore human health.

Man holding a very large sturgeon

Initiative 4

Supporting sustainable energy and environments

We create evidence-based solutions that contribute to a better future in a rapidly changing natural world.

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800 East Leigh Street
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Richmond, VA