Office for the Vice President for Research

The Office of the Vice President for Research mission is to advance knowledge and serve the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world through research, scholarship, creative arts, and innovation to enable discoveries that enrich and improve lives.

One of the office's five priority areas is Environmental Resilience and Sustainability. In each area, the office takes a coordinated approach through institutes, centers, and labs to amplify the impact of UVA faculty’s work.

Institute for the Environment

The institute, (formerly the Environmental Resilience Institute) supports transdisciplinary research and training at the intersection of environmental change and human well-being. The mission of the institute is to accelerate the rate of discovery, train the next generation of leaders in integrative research and link science with policy on regional to global scales.

Initiatives include collaborative teams (CoLabs), rapid response grants, graduate and faculty fellowships, internship opportunities, graduate research forum and much more.

Current priority research themes are Climate Resilience, Water and Energy Security and Environment and Health.  

Teaching and Research Subcommittee

Part of UVA’s Committee on Sustainability, the subcommittee develops opportunities for interdisciplinary curriculum development and research. It supports a University-wide living-learning laboratory approach and serves as a resource for faculty engaged in promoting sustainability literacy through teaching and research.

A current highlight of the subcommittee’s work is the Summer Decarbonization Academy, pairing students with faculty and staff on hands-on projects to meet UVA’s 2020-2030 Sustainability Goals.