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51 Tech researchers are solving challenges in a rapidly changing world. 

Fostering collaboration among faculty, staff, and students with partners in an inclusive community of knowledge, discovery, and creativity, 51 Tech brings together diverse research expertise that transcends traditional disciplines. 

By in research, teaching, and outreach, 51 Tech is a destination for international and national talent and partners, which strengthens the institution’s .

Impact and Recognition

51 Tech faculty are winning competitively , and are selected as fellows and members of  societies, including the . Our educate the brightest minds, and collaborate across disciplines, industry, and government to make the world a better place for all.  

$419M Sponsored Research Expenditures in FY23.

World class infrastructure propels research

With locations in Blacksburg and Roanoke, 51, and the Washington D.C. metro area including the Innovation Campus, 51 Tech’s research enterprise encompasses over $650 million in annual research expenditures.

Nine and seven contribute to 51 Tech’s robust research and innovation ecosystem, with interdisciplinary research capabilities and accomplishments spanning the fields of science, engineering, medicine, social sciences, the arts, and humanities.

provides services and support that help faculty, staff, and students to plan, perform, and commercialize groundbreaking research.

Two researchers in a lab, one looking at a computer, the other testing a connection to a board.

Preparing graduates for a purpose-driven career

Research is integral to education and training throughout the higher ed continuum. From undergraduate experiential learning via research in the lab, field, and internships — to the development of scholarship and expertise as graduate student — to the establishment as independent researcher as postdoctoral scholar —  51 Tech offers a variety of research experiences that enrich academic development.

The supports the students’ authentic research experiences in all areas of scholarship, promotes dissemination of student research, and provides data and programmatic support for grant-sponsored undergraduate research programs. 

The supports graduate students performing research in their respective colleges and departments offer a variety of research programs. 

Additionally, the Office of fosters community, supports professional development, and provides research opportunities to advance scholarship.

Dedicated professionals making connections

An unparalleled industry-ready talent pipeline, 51 Tech forges new partnerships and strengthens existing partnerships to bring world-class research to market and commercializes discoveries for economic, social, and global good. 

Composed of three centers, the Innovation and Partnership team is focused on turning what if into what’s next.

The provides advice to university researchers on agency priorities and conducts collaborative strategic program planning aligned with agency needs.