The Commonwealth is home to many internationally recognized
research and development (R&D) facilities. Federally funded R&D facilities, along
with Virginia's prestigious research universities, give businesses direct access
to cutting-edge technology and some of the world's leading researchers. From the automotive industry
to medical research to the next generation of high technology, these research
facilities have something to offer your business.
- Virginia is home to a strong presence of federal research and development activities, including 11 Federally Funded R&D Centers and 20 FLC Laboratories such as the Homeland Security Institute, NASA Langley Research Center, and the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility.
- Virginia is ranked 1st with the highest concentration of technology workers in the country. And we're 4th in total high-technology employment as reported in Cyberstates 2011.
- NASA Langley Research Center propelled the U.S. to the moon in 1969 and today, on its 800 acre campus in Hampton, Virginia, Langley is still NASA'S innovation engine.
- Wallops complex, located on Virginia's Eastern Shore, is NASA's principal center for management and implementation of suborbital research programs and a proven location for applied aerospace innovation. It is also the location of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport which will begin launching resupply missions to the Space Station when the Shuttle is retired.
- Unique research parks situated across the Commonwealth offer private companies opportunities for co-location and cooperative relationships with Virginia universities, federal labs, and other research consortium.
- Several nationally prominent private, non-profit research institutions include SRI’s Center for Advanced Drug Research in the Shenandoah Valley, the National Institute of Aerospace in Hampton, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Loudoun County.
The National Institute of Aerospace is a strategic partner of NASA Langley Research Center and conducts leading-edge aerospace research and development through a consortium of research universities including Georgia Tech, Hampton University, North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina State University, the University of Maryland, the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Old Dominion University, the College of William & Mary and the AIAA Foundation.
- Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Northern Virginia is a unique biomedical research complex modeled after the successful collaborative science centers in Europe. The complex houses and supports more than 300 scientists across a wide range of disciplines engaged in biomedical research.