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Collaboration tools

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation can help you identify experts, collaborators and partners for proposals you plan to submit.

Please contact Melissa Throckmorton. You may also contact the research development personnel in your unit for assistance.

Tools and resources

Collaboration tools

Pivot: The Pivot database includes pre-populated researcher profiles unique to VCU and others. This allows you to search for researchers by name, specific area of study or affiliation. Profiles include key biographical information, research interests, selected publications and contact information. They are editorially controlled and regularly reviewed for accuracy; however, you have the ability to update portions of your profile or create one if none exists.

PRIMER: This researcher's toolkit offers information about building and maintaining collaborations for those planning multisite projects, especially in the health sciences.

Award databases: Find collaborators through sponsors' award databases.

Institutes and centers

VCU institutes and centers: The university's ICs work across disciplines and research to create new knowledge. Representing some of the most cutting-edge investigations taking place in the world today, the 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. 

Subject-specific communities

Policy Research Interest Group

This group includes VCU investigators who are interested in conducting policy research or are actively translating their research to policy. Members showcase their research at poster sessions in which state legislative staff and local policy leaders attend. Join the listserv to get connected.


Contact us

Melissa Throckmorton
Director of research development and strategic projects
(804) 827-1443

Mary Strawderman
Research development administrator