Research Resources at VCU

VCU has put great effort into providing researchers strong resources for their endeavors. Below is information about both facilities and services available to researchers at VCU.

VCU Core Laboratories

Under the direction of the Office of the Vice President for Research, VCU is pleased to support a number of Core Laboratories which facilitate a wide variety of research in the biomedical, life, physical, and social sciences. 

Some of these core laboratories are institutional, while others are associated to specific schools, programs or departments. However, all are available to all VCU researchers, typically on a fee-for-service basis.  Access to core laboratories is also possible, on a more limited basis, for outside academic and commercial users.

A full listing of Core Laboratories and how to access them may be found here.

A full listing of facilities and how to access them may be found here.

Clinical Laboratories and Services

Other Services

Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR)

Within Virginia Commonwealth University, the Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR) provides the necessary infrastructure and resources for interdisciplinary human health research.  

Funded by Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the National Institutes of Health, VCU is the first academic health center in Virginia to join a national consortium of 60 research centers sponsored by the NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). This network of academic research institutions accelerates the transformation of laboratory discoveries into treatments for patients, engages communities in clinical research and trains a new generation of clinical and translational researchers.

The CCTR offers a wide range of research services to investigators in support of research and clinical trials goals.  Offerings include:

  • Research Incubator – offers identification of funding sources (internal and external funding), grant writing, budget development, mentoring, mock study sections and research working groups
  • Clinical Research Services – provides administrative support for clinical research activities as well as support services and facilities
  • Biomedical Informatics – provides data resources and management, including REDCap electronic data capture and i2B2 cohort discovery
  • Research Resources – core laboratories provide services, equipment, expertise and training relevant to clinical and translational investigators
  • Community-engaged research – builds partnerships and collaborates with the Greater Richmond community in research
  • Mid-Atlantic Twin Registry – offers a variety of services to accommodate studies about twins or multiples
  • ResearchMatch – a secure national recruitment registry that brings together researchers and people who are willing to learn more about research studies and clinical trials

More information may be found at