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Institutes and centers

Application for University-Level Research Institute or Center

Research-related Institutes and Centers (RICs) are an important part of VCU’s overall research mission. Before applying for creation or renewal of a RIC, please read the policy governing RICs. The critical components include:

  • RICs can be either unit-level or university-level. Unit-level RICs report to the chief administrator of the unit, typically a dean. University-level RICs report to the VPRI and are supported in part by OVPRI staff and funding. This application is only for university-level RICs.
  • University-level RICs must:
    • Have a mission that aligns with university priorities and strategic plans (VCU strategic plan - Quest 2025; OVPRI strategic research priorities planAND be multidisciplinary, across multiple units, and beyond the scope of what can be accomplished by an individual department, school, or college.
    • Have a plan for financial stability and external funding.



Research-Related Institutes and Centers Policy

RIC Administrative Action Form (for use beginning 03/16/2021)



Virginia Commonwealth University’s institutes and centers work across disciplines and research to create new knowledge. Representing some of the most cutting-edge investigations taking place in the world today, the VCU’s ICs conduct unique investigative collaborations to add value to the university in terms of intellectual power, resources and collaborative potential, extramural funding and resource development.

Click on the headings below to read more detailed information on each center or institute.

Research-related chartered institutes and centers


Other chartered centers and institutes


Research-related general institutes and centers

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