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Research Partnerships and Technology Transfer in Virginia


The Commonwealth is home to many internationally recognized research and development (R&D) facilities. Federally funded R&D facilities, coupled with the research from Virginia universities, provide Virginia businesses access to leading researchers and cutting-edge technology. From the biotech industry to medical devices to the next generation of alternative energy technologies, these research facilities have something to offer your business.

With more than 500,000 students enrolled in over 90 in-state institutions of higher education, Virginia is the ideal location for individuals seeking to excel and further their education.
Virginia has several colleges and universities that have achieved national acclaim and have areas of studies lending great value to companies across the state. Additionally, the Virginia Community College System, comprised of 23 community colleges, located on 40 campuses around the state, provides occupational and technical training programs, many of which are designed specifically to meet the needs of nearby industries. In the 2007-08 academic year, community colleges in the Commonwealth awarded about 17,000 degrees, diplomas and certificates.

Virginia’s institutions of higher education offer exceptional diversity, ranging from public universities to small private liberal arts colleges.

  • 15 public comprehensive institutions – 8 of which are doctoral institutions
  • More than 50 private accredited four-year institutions
  • 23 public community colleges and one public two-year college
  • Vocational institutions and technical and workforce development centers
  • More than 40 out-of-state institutions of higher education offering courses, and in some cases complete degree programs, at sites across Virginia


Intellectual Property for Licensing

Use the following links to see intellectual property that is currently available for licensing from Virginia’s research institutions:

Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Tech

University of Virginia

George Mason University

College of William and Mary

Old Dominion University

James Madison University

Eastern Virginia Medical School

Virginia is also home to one of the most advanced bioscience research institutes in the world. The Janelia Research Campus of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) opened in October 2006. Located on a 689-acre property in Northern Virginia, the unique, world-class biomedical research complex represents a $500 million investment by HHMI, one of the largest medical research philanthropies in the world. The campus includes 760,000 square feet of laboratory space, in addition to facilities to support collaborations with scientists from around the world.  JFRC emphasizes collaborative, technology-driven research in two broad areas: understanding how neuronal circuits process information, and developing new imaging technologies and computational methods for image analysis.

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