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AAACAfrican American Alumni Council (AAAC) instills pride among alumni in both the university and the council and promotes the growth and contributes to the recruitment and retention of the African American student body.
AASMThe American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), the preeminent professional society for the medical subspecialty of sleep and circadian rhythms medicine in the U.S., was established in 1975, putting VCU Health at the forefront of clinical sleep disorders diagnosis and management since the medical specialty’s early stages. Neurology
ABPNAmerican Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) - The mission of the ABPN is to promote and assess the competence of psychiatrists and neurologists to provide high quality patient care
ACCMEVCU Health Continuing Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team through November 2025.
ACEeProject ACEe (Academic, Career and Educational Experiences) is a program sponsored by the School of Medicine designed to expose disadvantaged high school students to the medical profession by providing them with workshops and mentoring opportunities.
ACGMEAccreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredits Sponsoring Institutions and residency and fellowship programs, confers recognition on additional program formats or components, and dedicates resources to initiatives addressing areas of import in graduate medical education.
ACORNVirginia Ambulatory Care Outcomes Research Network (ACORN) - ACORN’s goal is to help primary care clinicians continue to provide excellent care, make care easier, and engage in learning best practices. Our research and initiatives span health IT, the social determinants of health, health disparities, specific chronic and acute conditions, and patient/physician communication to list a few. Family Medicine & Population Health
ACPEVCU Health Continuing Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team through November 2025.
ACSAmerican Chemical Society, chemical and laboratory safety
ACSVCU Audit and Compliance Services (ACS) - Our mission is to promote a culture of integrity and accountability by providing collaborative, risk-based and objective services. Audit and Compliance Services works in partnership with university and VCU Health management to anticipate and manage risks; ensure the integrity of internal controls; ensure strong stewardship and management accountability; and promote a culture of compliance.
ACUPThe Animal Care and Use Program (ACUP) serves as the gateway for access to information, resources and groups supporting animal research at VCU.
ACUPACAnimal Care and Use Program Advisory Committee (ACUPAC) - The mission of the VCU ACUPAC is to assure the delivery of high quality customer service by the VCU Animal Care and Use Program (ACUP) to all animal handlers while promoting excellent lab animal science.
AFOThe Art Foundation Program (AFO) is an exciting first year that provides an intellectually rigorous, studio-based experience in the fundamental issues of art and design. School of the Arts
AFOSRUS Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) continues to expand the horizon of scientific knowledge through its leadership and management of the Air Force's basic research program.
AHAAmerican Heart Association
AIMSAntiretroviral Improvement among Medicaid Enrollees (AIMS), research funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS.
AIRSFaculty Activities and Interest Reporting System - also RAMS-AIRS in the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (VPRI).
ALT LabAcademic Learning Transformation Lab assists faculty in taking courses to the next level. They offer support for creating hybrid and online courses as well as evaluating existing online courses.
ANCCVCU Health Continuing Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team through November 2025.
AOAuthorized Official (Sponsored Programs)
AORAuthorized Organization Representative (Sponsored Programs)
APAnatomical Pathology Division in the Department of Pathology
APAAuditor of Public Accounts is the Commonwealth's auditor who audits VCU’s financial statements annually, to Uniform Guidance standards.
APSSAssociated Professional Sleep Societies (APSS) is the premier clinical and scientific meeting in the sleep field
ARMICSAgency Risk Management and Internal Controls Standards, a state program requiring testing and monitoring of internal controls for all fiscal processes.
ARTSThe goal of the Addiction Recovery Treatment Service (ARTS) evaluation is to quantitatively and qualitatively assess the impacts of the new ARTS program.
AWAAnimal Welfare Act - A law enforced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to protect certain animals from inhumane treatment and neglect.
BAABusiness Associate Agreement (BAA) by and between VCU and an entity.
BALThe Bionalytical Laboratory at VCU School of Pharmacy, within the Department of Pharmaceutics, offers highly sensitive analysis of drugs and metabolites in biological fluids and in vitro dissolution testing.
BannerBanner is VCU’s official university-wide enterprise system (financial accounting, student records, human resources, payroll, etc.)
BARCBioimaging and Applied Research Core fosters and facilitates multidisciplinary molecular imaging and nanotechnology research (OVPRI)
BCLBiostatistical Consulting Laboratory (BCL) offers free consultation to members of VCU and VCU Health, including assistance with study design, data analysis, or education in biostatistics and data science.
BCXVCU Brandcenter's executive education division
BEABlack Education Association is a community of scholars at VCU committed to advancing institutional equity and diversity through education, research and administrative efforts.
BioRAFTVCU's research management platform
Blick ScholarFunded by the George and Lavinia Blick Research Fund, the Blick Scholars Program endowment is awarded every four years to a maximum of 10 junior faculty members on the MCV Campus. Blick Scholars are selected through a highly competitive nomination process that includes documented growth toward achievement of national or international recognition, a developing record of obtaining external research funding, collaborative scholarship and a primary faculty appointment in one of the health sciences schools. [Access must be assigned]
BoABank of America - purchase card issuer (Procurement)
BRLThe School of Nursing Biobehavioral Research Laboratory (SON BRL) offers state-of-the-science facilities and high quality services to support researchers at VCU, as well as outside of the university. The 3,800 square-foot suite includes 14 rooms for conducting physiologic and behavioral monitoring, clinical sample collection, storage, processing, and a wide range of molecular assays.
BRLBiobehavioral Research Laboratory, School of Nursing
BSRThe mission of the Biostatistics Shared Resource (BSR) is to promote excellence in cancer research by providing outstanding biostatistical support and collaboration to Massey members. The BSR provides biostatistical support beginning in the initial experimental design stage to the presentation of research findings and, ultimately, in the submission of scientific publications.
BVABest Value Acquisition (Procurement)
CADACatchment Area Data Analysis and Alignment (CADA) - Massey Cancer Center
CAPSTONECommunities and Practices – Solutions through Open Neighborhood Engagement (CAPSTONE) - This project is focused on a process of collaboration with community members living in the East End of Richmond on a research priority defined by them. research in Family Medicine and Population Health
CARIThe Wright Center Collaborative Advanced Research Imaging (CARI) Center houses 6,000 square feet of research space including our research-dedicated Philips Ingenia 3.0 Tesla MRI Scanner, a mock scanner, interview rooms, drug screening rooms, a dispensary and more.
CASCost Accounting Standards - A set of federally mandated accounting standards used in determining costs on negotiated procurements. CAS is intended to ensure uniformity in budgeting and spending federal funds.
CATVCU uses Courseleaf's Catalog (CAT) and Curriculum Inventory Management (CIM) platforms to manage its bulletin and curriculum activities, as well as SIS degree programs and undergraduate minors.
CBThe Cancer Biology Program creates a robust transdisciplinary scientific environment that will enhance collaborative interactions and provide increased opportunities to leverage new scientific concepts and inform the development of potential new therapeutic approaches to curb cancers that are frequent in Massey’s catchment area (eg, breast, prostate, lung, pancreas, liver).
CBCRThe Center for Biobehavioral Clinical Research (CBCR) has transformed the research program of the VCU School of Nursing (SON) by enabling its researchers to significantly advance biobehavioral science and symptom management in a variety of patient populations, including the critically ill and those with chronic conditions.
CBDSThe mission of the Center for Biological Data Science (CBDS) is to build an academic community centered on quantitative and computational discovery science and to promote collaborative and reproducible research and education in basic and applied life sciences
CCEPThe Center for Cultural Experiences in Prevention (CCEP) at Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of Psychology, was established in 2001 to conduct research and provide innovative, evidenced-based programs and interventions to reduce health disparities and promote healthy youth, families and communities. Humanities and Sciences
CCIThe Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI), funded by the Virginia General Assembly, is a commonwealth-wide ecosystem of innovation in cybersecurity and cyber-physical systems (CPS) security. CCI will ensure Virginia is recognized as a global leader in secure CPS and the digital economy more broadly for decades to come. College of Engineering
CCSGCancer Center Support Grant (CCSG) - Funds awarded to certain U.S. institutions by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for them to become cancer centers in the United States, based on scientific merit. The funds help the cancer centers improve the way they are run and develop new ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat cancer.
CCTRC. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research (OVPRI)
CDUClinical Decision Unit (CDU) - Located adjacent to the emergency department with 16 beds, the CDU provides an alternative for patients in need of intermediate care who don’t require inpatient hospital admission.
CDWCollision Damage Waiver (Procurement)
CEContinuing Education (CE) professional development programs provide continuing education credits applicable to advanced practice providers, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants, physicians, pharmacists and others.
CECCareer Enhancement Core (CEC) continues and expands the Center for the Study of Tobacco Products’ (CSTP’s) program of tobacco regulatory science and research training designed to meet FDA and NIH needs.
CEnRAt VCU, community-engaged research (CEnR) is a collaborative process between the researcher and community partner that creates and disseminates knowledge and creative expression with the goal of contributing to the discipline and strengthening the well-being of the community.
CEPIThe Commonwealth Educational Policy Institute (CEPI), a program of the Office for Public Policy Outreach in the Center for Public Policy, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, provides non-partisan policy analysis to the public and education policymakers.
CERSEThe VCU Center for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering (VCU-CERSE) brings together researchers, clinicians, rehabilitation specialists, and academicians from the VCU Schools of Medicine, Allied Health, Education and Engineering, as well as the Hunter Holmes Veterans Administration Medical Center and the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services to promote research, education, physical medicine and rehabilitation services, and clinical care for America's veterans, children and adults with disabilities.
CERTThe Premedical Graduate Certificate Program (CERT) of VCU School of Medicine (SOM) is a one-year, graduate-level program for individuals seeking to enhance their qualifications for admission into professional school.
CESThe Center for Environmental Studies (CES) in Life Sciences is a multidisciplinary academic field focusing solving some of the most complicated and challenging environmental problems and issues. C
CFRCode of Federal Regulations
CGEPThe Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program (CGEP) is a post-baccalaureate distance learning program for engineers and scientists practicing in the state of Virginia. School of Engineering
CHAICenter for Human-Animal Interaction (CHAI) - Established in the VCU School of Medicine in June 2001, and housed in the Department of Psychiatry, the purpose of the Center for Human-Animal Interaction is to provide a formal structure for and promote interdisciplinary and interinstitutional research, clinical, and educational activities related to the human-animal relationship.
CHATCommunity & Health Advocacy Training (CHAT) provides health literacy training to adults with disabilities. CHAT has two parts, the first is training for adults with disabilities, the second is a guide for supporters and families.
CHEERMaria D. Thomson, Ph.D.'s lab, Communication, Health Equity & Engagement Research (CHEER) promotes informed and shared decision making through effective communication and measuring and evaluating sociocultural and health disparities that influence patient information needs, knowledge, attitudes and behaviors.
CHIThe VCU Clark-Hill Institute for Positive Youth Development includes an interdisciplinary team of faculty from the Departments of Epidemiology and Community Health, Psychology, and Special Education and Disability Policy. The Institute’s activities include research; undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral training; and community engagement. The Institute is one of six National Centers of Excellence for Youth Violence Prevention funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
CHoRChildren's Hospital of Richmond
CHPThe College of Health Professions serves as an international leader in the education of excellent, innovative and responsible allied health professionals. The College, responsive to the needs of society, promotes excellence in healthcare service, and encourages collaborative research that generates state-of-the-art and specialized knowledges. Educational formats that are technologically advanced and accessible to students through on-campus and distance learning are emphasized.
CHRIChildren's Health Research Institute (CHRI) started a grant program in March 2021 aiming to foster collaborations on research relevant to the health and development of children. At least six grants of up to $50,000 each will be available each year.
CHSCollege of Humanities and Sciences
CICThe Cancer Informatics Core (CIC) was established to meet the growing needs for informatics support of biomedical research. The core's objective is to facilitate biomedical and translational research by providing methods and tools to record, integrate, manage, analyze, and visualize various biomedical, behavioral, and clinical data.
CIMVCU uses Courseleaf's Catalog (CAT) and Curriculum Inventory Management (CIM) platforms to manage its bulletin and curriculum activities, as well as SIS degree programs and undergraduate minors.
CIOMSCouncil for International Organizations of Medical Sciences
CIPCertified IRB Professional
CIPECenter for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care's mission is to improve health through collaboration by implementing interprofessional models of care that advance patient and population health, promoting research-driven innovations and educating students and practitioners.
CIRBCentral Institutional Review Board at the National Cancer Institute (NCI)
CISICULTURAL INSURANCE SERVICES INTERNATIONAL (CISI) - Blanket Coverage Policy for international travel. Policy #: 21 CC001394-BL-ENR Eligibility: All business travelers, including faculty and staff who are abroad for conference, meetings, symposiums, or other categories that VCU has determined fall outside of the study abroad travel policy are automatically covered under the Blanket Coverage for travel outside of the United States. This policy provides coverage for Medical Evacuation, Repatriation, Security Evacuation, and Emergency Medical Reunion.
CITIthe Collaborative IRB Training Initiative Human Subjects Protection CITI) basic course before beginning human subjects research. The CITI course and exam are web-based and can be accessed at
CKCThe overarching goal of the Contextual Knowledge Core (CKC) is to support each project by using a combination of concept mapping and online data sources to inform Projects 1-4 so testing conditions and data collection instruments reflect current, real-world conditions. Biostatistics
CKDChronic Kidney Disease (CKD) education and its treatment modalities are an integral part of the teaching curriculum in the Division of Nephrology. Internal Medicine
CLCCampus Learning Center (CLC) - Quality academic support for all VCU undergraduates, tutoring and coaching services, supplemental instruction in person or on Zoom
CLCThe School of Nursing Clinical Learning Center is an active-learning space consisting of simulation suites and skills labs designed to enhance learning experiences for nursing and health care students. This center offers an array of teaching-learning resources such as sophisticated human patient simulators, experiences with standardized patients (patient actors), procedure task trainers, and skills equipment.
CLEPCollege-Level Examination Program (CLEP offers exams at a fraction of the price of a college course. CLEP exams help students earn college credit and save time and money toward a degree.
CMAAs the alumni association of the Commonwealth Management Institute (CMA), the Commonwealth Managers Association’s mission is to promote professional development and networking opportunities for managers within Virginia state and local governments. Wilder School
CMIThe Commonwealth Management Institute (CMI) is a valued avenue for professional development for experienced managers in Virginia state government. Wilder School
CMICenter for Molecular Imaging (CMI) - In the era of Molecular Medicine, the key to understanding disease, in terms of biomarker diagnostics, individualized treatment and potential prevention, is to reveal the complex biology of disease progression and study the biological workings of therapies within the intact living environment. Molecular and Nanotechnology targeted imaging is playing a crucial role in this quest towards Personalized Medicine.
CMMCThe Cancer Mouse Models Core (CMMC) aspires to make translational research an attainable goal for all Massey researchers. The CMMC provides expertise and services that facilitate preclinical mouse models to support the development of novel cancer therapeutics and precision medicine.
CMSRChemical Mass Spectrometry Resource - The purpose of the CMSR facility is to provide state-of-the-art services and expertise for faculty and student researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University, as well as investigators at other institutes and private companies, for sample analysis with mass spectrometry.
CNSThe mammalian central nervous system (CNS) produces behavior by integrating sensory inputs, memories and internal physiological states through a highly sophisticated network of cell-to-cell interactions. Members of our group seek to understand the development and function of neural systems that are essential to combat neurological disease and dysfunction. SoM Anatomy and Neurobiology
COBEThe College Behavioral and Emotional Health Institute (COBE) grew out of the Spit for Science study, a university wide research project focused on substance use and emotional health outcomes in college populations. COBE’s mission is to promote behavioral and emotional health among young people through the integration of research with coursework, programming, and policy. Humanities and Sciences
COGChildren's Oncology Group
COGRCouncil on Government Relations - An association of research universities, affiliated medical centers and independent research institutes whose primary function is to advocate for policies and practices that fairly reflect the mutual interests and separate obligations of federal agencies and research institutions as it relates to research and graduate education.
CoHDThe Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Health Disparities (VCU CoHD) was established in response to emerging evidence of barriers to equitable health care at the local, state and national levels. The VCU CoHD supports multi-disciplinary, multi-level, integrated research projects to advance the understanding of the development and progression of diseases and disabilities that contribute to health disparities in racial and ethnic minority populations and other health disparity populations
COIConflicts of Interest in Research Program
COICConflicts of Interest Committee - Research Integrity and Ethics
COLACost of Living Allowance
CorpCardPurchasing card at VCU (Procurement)
CPClinical Pathology Division in the Department of Pathology
CPCThe Cancer Prevention and Control (CPC) program translates research findings into practice and policy to improve the prevention, detection, treatment, and control of cancer. The CPC program strives to enhance the quality of life for all individuals affected by cancer, including a large African-American population served within Massey’s catchment area.
CPPThe Center for Public Policy in the Wilder School aims to advance research and training that informs public policy and decision-making to improve our communities.
CPPIPharmacy's Center for Pharmacy Practice Innovation's (CPPI) mission is to help pharmacists optimize patient outcomes. The vision is to be a leader in transforming ambulatory and community pharmacy practice and advancing pharmacists’ roles on patient-centered, collaborative care teams.
CPRSClinical Pathology Research Services (CPRS) mission is to provide convenient access to a high quality CAP & CLIA certified clinical laboratory offering onsite laboratory testing and centralized specimen processing services. Department of Pathology
CPSSmart health via connected devices that empower users and expand health care. Effective deployment of cyber-physical systems (CPS) will transform health care across large populations. Key CPS research is developing 5G-enabled technologies, smart devices, systems, mobile applications, advanced analytics and cognitive assistants for many aspects of smart and connected health. The future of health care includes personalized medicine.
CPSDThe Center for Psychological Services and Development (CPSD) assists individuals and families in need of counseling and assessment with affordable services provided by professionals and graduate students in the mental health field. Humanities and Sciences
CRESSTProject CRESST – Enhancing Clinical Research Education for Secondary Students and Teachers – was designed to support secondary teachers’ classroom instruction in areas related to designing, conducting, and interpreting research using a childhood health and wellness content framework. In Foundations of Education, School of Education
CRFThe official clinical trial data recording document or tool for both sponsors and regulatory authorities.
CRMSClinical Research Management System - An electronic platform used by an institution to maintain and manage the planning, performance and reporting functions, participant contact information and deadlines/milestones of clinical trials. VCU’s CRMS is OnCore.
CRNACertified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) - Department of Nurse Anesthesia in the College of Health Professions
CRRCCancer Research and Resource Centers (CRRC) staff work with researchers at state universities to bring research studies to those living in our communities. As resource centers we provide up-to-date and helpful information on cancer risk reduction, as well as help cut through the clutter and fear of a very stressful diagnosis by directing cancer patients, survivors and their networks of support to reliable sources.
CSBCCenter for the Study of Biological Complexity - Life Sciences
CSRCenter for Scientific Review - The NIH branch which receives all new and competing proposals and arranges for review by a scientific review group.
CSTPThe Center for the Study of Tobacco Products (CSTP) brings together a multidisciplinary group of faculty and staff from VCU, American University of Beirut, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, the Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and the University of Southern California, as well as several other U.S. and international universities and organizations to focus on an issue of immediate concern to public health — the regulation of tobacco products. Humanities and Sciences
CTCCommunities That Care (CTC) - The implementation of a community-level approach employing the Communities That Care prevention system (CTC), enhanced with the Walker-Talker (WT) community outreach program (CTC PLUS).
CTCRCMassey Translational Clinical Trial Concept Program - Members and associate members of the MCC are encouraged to apply for support by developing and submitting translational concepts for review by the Massey Clinical Trial Concept Review Committee (CTCRC).
CTLECenter for Teaching and Learning Excellence - Faculty resource with a newsletter, blog, technology update, learning system announcements and Peer Teaching Support facebook group
CTOThe Clinical Trials Office (CTO) provides support for investigators conducting clinical research at VCU Massey Cancer Center. CTO leadership and staff facilitate the development and conduct of institutional studies (including investigator-initiated trials (IITs), NCI studies (including National Clinical Trial Network [NCTN] trials), industry-sponsored studies, and consortia trials. This office coordinates closely with the Biostatistics Shared Resource, Protocol Review and Monitoring Committee (PRMC), Data and Safety Monitoring Committee (DSMC), Cancer Informatics Core and Administration.
CURAThe Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA) in the Wilder School's Center for Public Policy partners with towns, cities, regions, state agencies, and nonprofits to conduct economic development studies, evaluate policies and programs, and build decision support systems with user-friendly data dashboards for visualization. CURA works to identify strategies and solutions for the most pressing socioeconomic issues, including affordable housing, workforce development, industry cluster targeting, and more.
CVCThe Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC) is the annual charity drive for employees of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The CVC operates for and by state employees under the Executive Order of the Governor.
DARIt is the mission of the Division of Animal Resources to provide a humane and high quality animal care and use program to facilitate research and teaching at Virginia Commonwealth University.
DASHealth Sciences Division for Academic Success
DBEFederal US Dept of Transportation's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program (Procurement)
DCCData Coordinating Center (DCC) in Biostatistics stands ready to assist investigators by architecting a data capture and management solution that fits the study at hand. From facilitating randomization to completing progress reports, we have a solution. We leverage the right tools for the job, often pairing custom code with the institutionally accepted REDCap platform, to meet regulatory challenges and investigator needs.
DEAUS Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration - OVPRI
DEIDiversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) - The strategic plan articulates the School's overreaching objectives to continue to lead our students, faculty and staff to excellence in the framework of a growing, dynamic, intellectually stimulating, creative, innovative, supportive and inclusive community. The plan reaffirms our vision of a strong and ongoing commitment to our mission and core values that will ensure diversity, equity and excellence in teaching, research, patient care and community engagement.
DHHSUS Dept. of Health & Human Services (DHHS) indirect cost rate agreement is to publish the reimbursement rate(s) negotiated between the federal government.
DHSDDivision for Health Sciences Diversity
DIMCData and Information Management Council serves as the data and information governance board for VCU. DIMC is a cross-functional group charged with the responsibility of overarching data and information management for the university.
DMASVirginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) - Improving the health and well-being of Virginians through access to high-quality health care coverage
DMSData Management System - This tool allows its users to see what university supported technology resources are available to collect, process, transmit, store, and otherwise handle specific combinations of data.
DOJU. S. Department of Justice
DSLThe Data Science Lab (DSL) supports rigorous, transparent and reproducible research at VCU through the promotion and development of methods, tools and training programs consistent with best practices in generating robust research findings.
DSMCData and Safety Monitoring Committee - The Clinical Trials Office (CTO) provides support for investigators conducting clinical research at VCU Massey Cancer Center. CTO leadership and staff facilitate the development and conduct of institutional studies (including investigator-initiated trials (IITs), NCI studies (including National Clinical Trial Network [NCTN] trials), industry-sponsored studies, and consortia trials. This office coordinates closely with the Biostatistics Shared Resource, Protocol Review and Monitoring Committee (PRMC), Data and Safety Monitoring Committee (DSMC), Cancer Informatics Core and Administration.
DTThe Developmental Therapeutics (DT) program leverages basic discoveries emanating from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Massey Cancer Center (MCC) laboratories as well as the extensive translational capabilities of its members to develop and implement innovative trials designed to improve the outcomes of patients with cancer.
DURCDual Use Research of Concern is life sciences research that, based on current understanding, can be reasonably anticipated to provide knowledge, information, products or technologies that could be directly misapplied to pose a significant threat, with broad potential consequences, to public health and safety, agricultural crops and other plants, animals, the environment, materiel, or national security.
E&GEducation and General
EBPEvidence-Based Medicine is the integration of best research evidence with clinical expertise and patient values. School of Medicine
ECCECC is VCU's new effort reporting system, a web-based system which allows employees to certify their effort electronically, on a scheduled basis throughout the year
ECIEthics and Compliance Initiative - U. S. Department of Justice - a best practice community of organizations that are committed to creating and sustaining high quality ethics & compliance programs.
ECIGElectronic Cigarettes (ECIG) - research in the Center for the Study of Tobacco Products
ECRTAs a recipient of funding by the federal government, and other sponsoring agencies, VCU must ensure that the effort expended on sponsored program activities justifies the salary charged to them. In order to do this, we utilize ECRT, a web-based system which allows employees to certify their effort electronically, on a scheduled basis throughout the year.
EHRElectronic Health Records (EHR) - Housed in the Department of Emergency Medicine, the Medical Scribe Program trains and employs motivated, curious and tech-savvy individuals to assist providers by efficiently and accurately documenting patients’ electronic health records (EHR) in real time.
EMDepartment of Emergency Medicine (EM)
EMPVCU Emergency Management Unit Plans includes communication contacts and guidance for emergencies throughout VCU
EMSThe Division of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) provides medical direction for first responder agencies in the Richmond area and comprehensive pre-hospital education for students, physicians and future leaders in the practice. Emergency Medicine
ENVSVCU Center for Environmental Studies (ENVS) is the focal point for environmental studies research and instruction at VCU. The center provides more than 30 distinguished cooperating faculty, expansive environmental training opportunities and a geographic information systems library. Life Sciences
ePortfolioSchool of Medicine tool
ERASEnhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) - With the implementation of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) pathways through the Health System, the anesthesiology department has several members working on quality and outcome measures to ensure the ongoing improvement in key quality indicators and surgical results. Anesthesiology
ERBEngineering Research Building
ERCHealth Science Executive Reporting Center, providing financial, research, fiscal management and workforce information to leaders on campus without Banner access
ERMEnterprise Risk Management (ERM) program is a comprehensive approach to identifying and mitigating risks that could severely impact the university and prevent us from meeting our goals. In Safety and Risk Management
ERPEnterprise Resource Planning System - The system consists of large administrative Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems as well as a wide spectrum of educational and business-specific systems (Student Housing, Sponsored Research Administration, Development and Alumni Relations, etc.). The institutional data within these systems and institutional information that is derived from these systems are strategic assets of the university.
ESIExperienced Supervisors Institute (ESI) is a 3-day program for forward thinking supervisors, managers, and project leaders who want to better manage the complexities of their workplace and to enhance critical skills. Wilder School
eVAWeb-based purchasing system used by the state
F&AFacilities and Administrative Rates (F&A) - infrastructure costs became known as Facilities and Administrative (F&A) costs and are expressed in terms of a rate; that is the indirect costs of research divided by the direct costs of research. This F&A rate is applied to eligible direct costs and is the accepted sponsor method to reimburse universities for the indirect costs incurred with the research project.
FACRFacilities and Administrative Cost Recoveries, aka overhead
Faculty One StopThe VCU Faculty One-Stop provides a portal to new and frequently requested information for faculty and instructors. Think of it as a virtual map for quickly getting faculty to their digital destinations.
FARESIn order to standardize and streamline the annual faculty evaluation process, the School of Medicine Office of Faculty Affairs has developed a web-based faculty activity reporting and evaluation system [FARES]. The templates for faculty activity report and evaluation form were developed by the Faculty Portal Committee, which had representations from clinical and basic science departments, the Dean's Office, and MCV Physicians.
FCSRThe Flow Cytometry Shared Resource Core (FCSR) provides a wide range of services related to cell sorting and analysis, from routine fluorescence analysis to interactive custom design of innovative analysis and sorting protocols that address the specific needs of individual investigators.
FDPFaculty Development Program
FDPThe Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) is a cooperative initiative among 10 federal agencies and 217 institutional recipients of federal funds for Phase VII. The FDP is a program convened by the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable of the National Academies.
G&CThe Grants, Contracts and Effort Reporting Office (G&C) oversees post-award administration of sponsored program awards. The principle objective is to provide financial reports to sponsors, interpret rules and regulations of the financial operation for the research community, act as a depository of federal and nonfederal funds and operate the University's Effort Reporting System.
GEMMGenetically engineered mouse models (GEMMs) have become indispensable tools in nearly all fields of biomedical research. In the Transgenic/Knock-out Mouse Shared Resource.
GEOGlobal Education Office - study abroad, Visas, international students and scholars, GLOBE Residence Hall, student services including English courses
GeoCOREGeoCORE is a collaborative lab at Virginia Commonwealth University Center for Environmental Studies that provides partners, researchers, students, and the VCU community with resources to train and support spatial data development, analysis, and interpretation.
GLOBEVCU Globe students live in the center of campus in the West Grace North Residence Hall for two years. This all-inclusive living-learning environment, features apartment-style living, on-site classrooms, meeting and recreation space, common study areas and exceptional amenities.
GMEVCU Health is a vibrant, diverse and dynamic community comprised of five health sciences schools, the Children’s Hospital of Richmond, the Massey Cancer Center and the only Level 1 Trauma Center in Central Virginia. Critical to the success of our institution is the Graduate Medical Education program. With more than 750 residents and fellows representing 91 specialties, we are steadfastly committed to training the next generation of physician leaders
GSWSGender, Sexuality and Women's Studies in Humanities and Sciences
HBCUHistorically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are institutions of higher education in the United States that were established before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with the intention of primarily serving the African-American community.
HCDIThe Health Communication and Digital Innovation (HCDI) shared resource core offers resources that enable researchers to build, develop, and test innovative health communication and digital health solutions to improve clinical trial recruitment, participation and management, population health surveillance, and patient/survivorship health management. The core acts as a gateway for researchers and practitioners who have interests in using social media, sensors, mobile devices, or apps to improve recruitment, engagement, and retention in population-based studies and clinical trials and conduct technology-based clinical and population health studies.
HEETFThe Higher Education Equipment Trust Fund (HEETF) was established in 1986 by the General Assembly to provide supplemental funding to upgrade equipment needed for instruction and research.
HICThe Health Innovation Consortium (HIC) has developed a fund which is designed to provide grant funding for the development of innovative solutions that can be rapidly deployed to meet the immediate needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
HIPAAHealth Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, Public Law 104-191 (“HIPAA”) and regulations promulgated thereunder (45 CFR Parts 160-164) by the US Department of Health and Human Services (the “Privacy and Security Rules”)
HLLCThe Petersburg Healthy Living and Learning Center (HLLC) provides a consistent, familiar place where community members can go to obtain accurate and reliable health information and connect to local resources. The Center is staffed with health educators and librarians trained as Consumer Health Information Specialists who can provide quality health information directly to the public both at the Center and through community outreach.
HOSAHealth Occupations Students of America (HOSA) - HOSA is an organization that aims to be a resource for all pre-health students at VCU to find peer assistance to navigating their undergraduate career. We help students network, find shadowing, research, and community service opportunities while meeting other students in their field.
HPDMHigh Performance Data Mining - core involved with machine learning, algorithms teaching computers to take humans out of the equation. College of Engineering, Department of Computer Science
HPRCThe High Performance Research Computing (HPRC) Core Facility is a VCU core facility formed to provide the VCU Community with the high performance computing resources for research, teaching, and outreach activities.
HRCThe Humanities Research Center provides a forum for intellectual exchange across and beyond the humanities at VCU, traversing conventional disciplinary boundaries and encouraging collaboration throughout the College of Humanities and Sciences as well as across the university as a whole and the local community. The center is committed to building relationships and partnerships with colleagues at VCU and with other institutions in Richmond and the broader region.
HRPPHuman Research Protection Program (OVPRI) provides guidance and resources for researchers and IRB members at VCU and reviews all research involving human participants to facilitate the conduct of ethical research and ensure compliance with federal, state and institutional regulations.
HSAHeart to Soul in Action at VCU (HSA) - Promoting service, healthcare, and education in the Richmond Community. The central purpose of this chapter of HSA is to increase access to healthcare and education in the underserved communities of Richmond.
HSLHealth Sciences Library
HTSThe Institute for Structural Biology, Drug Discovery, and Development (ISB3D) has developed a high throughput screening (HTS) facility that is now open to researchers from within and outside VCU. Pharmacy
HWISeventh District Health and Wellness Initiative (HWI) - The goal of this project is to develop a framework to maintain sustainable community-based public health research within a collaborative partnership (Seventh District Health and Wellness Initiative, HWI) between residents, elected officials, health care providers, and community organizations working to implement health strategies targeting in the East End. Family Medicine and Population Health
I2CRPThe mission of the International/Inner City/Rural Preceptorship program (I2CRP) is to increase the number of primary care physicians practicing in rural, urban, and international underserved communities.
IACUCThe Institutional Animal and Use Committee (IACUC) is responsible for review of the institution's program for humane care and use of animals.
IBCInstitutional Biosafety Committees (IBCs) are the cornerstone of institutional oversight of recombinant DNA research. – NIH Office of Science Policy. VCU’s IBC regularly meets to review proposed research or work to be conducted at or on behalf of the university that involves recombinant/synthetic DNA (rDNA).
ICVCU's Institutes and Centers (IC) research-related Institutes and Centers (RICs) are an important part of VCU’s overall research mission. (OVPRI)
ICAIndependent Contractor Agreement (Procurement)
ICAVCU Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) at 601 W. Broad Street - The Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University presents the art of our time and provides an open forum for dialogue and collaboration across the region and throughout the world.
ICUBEDInstitute for Inclusion, Inquiry and Innovation (iCubed) under the Provost funded research fellowship awards for projects mentored by VCU faculty that fall within the iCubed Cores: 1. Oral Health Equity 2. Sustainable Food Access 3. Intersections in the Lives of LGBTQIA+ Communities 4. Urban Education and Family 5. Disrupting Criminalization in Education 6. Health and Wellness in Aging Populations 7. Racial Equity, Arts, and Culture 8. Culture, Race, and Health. Each fellowship award includes $1500 in funding for the student and $500 for the faculty mentor.
IDASThe Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies (IDAS) was established to promote excellence in research and education on substance abuse. The Institute’s research and training agenda spans the continuum from basic, laboratory research to community-based treatment effectiveness studies and policy analyses., Over 50 faculty members from 11 different departments within the university comprise the Institute, enabling a multidisciplinary approach to addressing the complex problems associated with alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
IDEThe purpose of this policy is to outline reporting requirements for VCU sponsors and sponsor-investigators of an Investigational New Drug Application (IND) or an Investigational Device Exemption (IDE).
IEMInstitute for Engineering and Medicine, College of Engineering, fosters collaborative programs between the VCU College of Engineering, VCU Life Sciences and the VCU School of Medicine. Other partners include College of Health Professions, Schools of Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy and the Office of Health Innovation (OHI).
IESOffice of Institutional Equity, Effectiveness and Success (IES)
iExcelThrough education, mentoring and dialogue, IExcel in Inclusive Excellence is the premier on-campus destination to learn, engage and reflect with faculty, staff, students and peers on diversity, inclusion and equity.
IFBInvitation for Bids (Procurement)
IMSDThe VCU Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (VCU IMSD) Graduate Program provides Ph.D. level training in the biomedical sciences for individuals from groups traditionally underrepresented in biomedical research.
In-PartVCU Innovation Gateway is currently partnered with IN-PART, an online collaboration platform that connects academic research with teams at over 6,000 R&D intensive companies worldwide. IN-PART is inviting academics and research commercialization professionals to submit non-confidential proposals for research related to combating COVID-19 directly.
INDThe purpose of this VCU policy is to outline reporting requirements for VCU sponsors and sponsor-investigators of an Investigational New Drug Application (IND) or an Investigational Device Exemption (IDE).
IRACDAVCU Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (VCU IRACDA): Three-year program designed to train fellows in biomedical research and teaching to motivate the next generations of scientists at minority-serving institutions.
IRBInstitutional Review Board at VCU is charged with reviewing all research protocols involving humans to ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations. (OVPRI)
IRDSInstitutional Research and Decision Support - The Office of Institutional Research and Decision Support under the Provost at VCU consists of three units: Business Intelligence, Analytics, and Institutional Research. Our work is focused on empowering decision makers, enhancing institutional effectiveness and maintaining compliance through accurate, accessible, and actionable data and analyses.
IREInstitutional Review Entity The Institutional Review Entity (IRE) reviews any research or work conducted at, or on behalf of the University that involves one of the 15 agents/toxins designated as Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC) agents/toxins by United States Government Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern. The IRE operates as a subcommittee of the IBC.
ISB3DSructural Biology, Drug Discovery and Development (ISB3D) Institute for offers an interdisciplinary course of graduate study leading to a doctoral degree for students with interests in the broad area of structural biology. Pharmacy
ISBDDDThe mission of the Institute for Structural Biology, Drug Discovery and Development is to invent, design, discover, develop, and deliver knowledge, technology, and therapeutic agents capable of preventing, resolving, and curing disorders and disease conditions relevant to human beings. The core of the Institute’s focus is on the interface of chemistry and biology with emphasis on structural biology, medicinal chemistry, molecular medicine, biotechnology, nanotechnology, metabolism, metabolomics, drug development, drug delivery and pharmaceutical manufacturing.
ITACThe International Travel Advisory Committee (ITAC) established for the purpose of reviewing petitions for university-sponsored international travel for essential purposes to U.S. Department of State Level 3 countries for faculty, staff and students. ITAC develops and implements the petition and petition review processes and makes recommendations for international travel policies for university employees and students from a risk management and safety standpoint. The purpose of the ITAC review process is to provide a holistic assessment of the risk of travel for the individual petitioner going to the specific destination for the particular purpose indicated. For more information about ITAC, please visit the ITAC website at
ITPIInformation Technology Professionals Intranet
IWHThe VCU Institute for Women’s Health (IWH) is the only community of scholars across VCU that conducts, promotes, and integrates interdisciplinary research, education, and community engagement in women’s health and sex/gender differences. As the central coordinating entity for women’s health at VCU, IWH has been instrumental in identifying new and emerging opportunities and influencing institutional priorities related to women’s health.
JTFJOINT TASK FORCE FOR CLINICAL TRIAL COMPETENCY - The Joint Task Force for Clinical Trial Competency (JTF) is an international team of investigators, educators and clinical research professionals that has developed a framework that defines the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for conducting safe, ethical and high-quality clinical research.
JVJournal voucher
KHSThe mission of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences is to advance the understanding of the critical importance of physical activity and promote healthy lifestyles for the state, nation, and world.
LEAPLearning from Effective Practices (LEAP) - The purpose of Phase 1 of LEAP was to study high-functioning primary care sites with interesting team models and use of staffing in order to construct a Technical Assistance Package. research in Family Medicine and Population Health
LEAPLeadership for Empowerment & Abuse Prevention (LEAP) - Developed in collaboration between VCU's School of Social Work and the Partnership for People with Disabilities, LEAP provides training on healthy relationships and information about preventing abuse to adults with disabilities.
LIVELeading in a Virtual Environment (LIVE) is a three-day program for supervisors and managers that aims to improve your leadership skills through recognizing the stressors of these times in oneself and others and building healthy responses, designing schedules that work, energizing your team, performance management, and other components. Wilder School
LLPThe new Living-Learning Program, VCU Transform, will allow students to develop as local, national and global leaders through experiential learning in leadership studies, community engagement and global competency. Students who complete the program will receive a certificate of leadership studies and experiential learning.
LSCLibrary Safety Committee The LSC meets periodically to provide oversight, review metrics and make recommendations to improve laboratory safety and maintain a positive safety culture at VCU. The committee focuses on overall accident and injury reduction, chemical safety and physical hazards. It fills the space between VCU’s Radiation Safety Committee and Biosafety Committee.
LUEPThe Land Use Education Program (LUEP) in the Wilder School's Center for Public Policy offers a range on online, blended, and face-to-face training opportunities for local government officials, professional planners, and interested citizens.
M2MMolecules to Medicine (M2M) - The intent of this award is to promote cancer research collaborations between a basic researcher and an investigator focused on translational research in the areas of cancer biology, cancer immunology, or cancer immunotherapy with the goal of developing biological agents to treat cancer.
M4ALLThe Medicines for All Institute (M4ALL) has been developing innovative, cost-effective processes for making drugs that fight HIV, malaria and tuberculosis since it was established at the Virginia Commonwealth University College of Engineering in 2017.
MATRMid-Atlantic Twin Registry (MATR) is an organization of twins and their families who are willing to consider taking part in twin-based, health-related research.
MBLMetropolitan Business League
MBUMajor Budget Unit in Banner
MCCMassey Cancer Center (MCC)
MDxMolecular Diagnostics Division in the Department of Pathology
MERCMetropolitan Education Research Consortium established in 1991 as a partnership between Richmond-area school divisions and VCU’s School of Education, the Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium leads research that addresses enduring and emerging issues in PK12 education with the goal of informing policy, building the professional knowledge and skills of key stakeholders, contributing to the body of scholarly knowledge, and ultimately impacting outcomes relevant to students, schools, and communities.
MLSDepartment of Medical Lab Sciences in the College of Health Professions
MMCMolecular Modeling Core Facility (MMC) is part of VCU's Structural Biology Core. The Molecular Modeling facility offers modeling software and hardware resources to VCU researchers. Pharmacy
MMECMcGlothlin Medical Education Center (MMEC)
MMRBMolecular Medicine Research Building
MPRSThe Molecular Pathology Research Services (MPRS) specializes in providing Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) services in a CLIA’88 certified laboratory for research, translational research, and clinical trials. Department of Pathology
MSAVCU's Muslim Student Association
MSRThe Microscopy Shared Resource (MSR) provides researchers with the equipment and expertise to examine subcellular details at high resolution by both light and electron microscopy and the ability to perform quantitative image analysis. Staff is available for consultation, instruction, assistance, and collaboration.
NABJNational Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) at VCU in the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture
NAPCRGThe North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) originated at VCU. We have an active practice based research network - the Ambulatory Care Outcomes Research Network (ACORN) that has tackled practical questions about how to improve care and care experiences since 1999.
NASPAAThe Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) - The Global Standard in Public Service Education. NASPAA is a vital global community of over 300 schools of public policy, public affairs, and public administration located in the U.S., U.K., Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and South America.
NCATThe National Center for Academic Transformation has managed a number of programs in course redesign that demonstrate how colleges and universities can redesign their instructional approaches by using technology to achieve quality enhancements as well as cost savings.
NCATSThe NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)
NCCThe Nanomaterials Core Characterization Facility (NCC) is an open access, nationally ranked, collaborative materials analysis multi-user facility where researchers from various universities and industries have access to the capabilities of our state-of-the-art instrumentation and expert advice. Engineering
NCFDDNational Center for Faculty Development and Diversity is an independent professional development, training and mentoring community for faculty members.
NCINational Cancer Institute (NCI)
NCORPNational Cancer Institute Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) - The NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) is a national network that brings cancer clinical trials and care delivery studies to people in their own communities.
NCTNNCI's National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN) is a collection of organizations and clinicians that coordinates and supports cancer clinical trials at more than 2,200 sites across the United States, Canada, and internationally.
NCURAThe National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) is a professional organization that offers excellent educational materials on various research administration topics designed to reach a broad audience.
NGSNext Generation Sequencing NGS)services in a CLIA’88 certified laboratory for research, translational research, and clinical trials. In Molecular Pathology Research Services (MPRS)
NIBIBThe National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)
NIHNational Institutes of Health (NIH)
NOAHNational Organization for Arts in Health
NSCLCNon-small cell lung cancer
NSNANational Student Nurses' Association (NSNA) - NSNA is dedicated to fostering the professional development of nursing students. With 60,000 members nationwide, NSNA is the voice of the future of ?the nursing profession.
OATOrganizational Assessment and Transformation works with diversity and inclusion subject matter experts to collect, analyze and communicate institutional data and other information to a wide variety of constituents throughout VCU. OAT is in Inclusive Excellence.
OCPEVCU's Office of Continuing and Professional Education offers online learning for the university community and members of the public.
OFRRVCU Office of Faculty Recruitment and Retention
OHEOffice of Health Equity, formerly Office of Health Innovation (OHI)
OHIThe VCU Office of Health Innovation (OHI) was established in 2011 to provide assistance to the VCU Medical Center and community partners to develop and implement health reform initiatives. Through partnerships with VCU faculty, VCU Health System team members, and community organizations, the OHI team researches local, state, and federal opportunities to improve the health of the citizens of the Commonwealth(Sheryl Garland)
OMBOffice of Management and Budget oversees the implementation of the President’s vision across the Executive Branch.
OMBOffice of Management and Budget (OMB) Code of Federal Regulations, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for federal awards.
OMSAVCU Office of Multicultural Student Affairs offers diversity, inclusion and social justice dialogues, presentations, and workshops, cultural heritage month events, mentorship and leadership engagement opportunities, identity-based discussion groups, and diversity and inclusion living-learning floors. Open to faculty, staff and students.
OnCoreVCU’s enterprise-wide Clinical Research Management System (CRMS), that supports the management of clinical research, including clinical trials, in a central, secure and online collaborative environment. VCU’s OnCore in the Massey Cancer Center
OPAIn order to facilitate the approval and reporting of OPA, the School of Medicine in conjunction with the University has developed a web-based OPA reporting and approval system. The web-based approach replaces the paper form. The web-based system will keep an electronic record of reported outside professional activities so that the required annual reporting will be simplified. VCU Policy:
OPPOAt the Office of Public Policy Outreach (OPPO), connects VCU faculty with state and local lawmakers, and provide expert insight into the Virginia policy community. Wilder School
ORIUS Office of Research Integrity, US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)
OSEHealth Science Office of Student Experience
OSHAUS Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSPOffice of Sponsored Programs (OVPRI)
OSTPThe White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) - the federal government’s latest updates and expectations related to foreign funds, outside support disclosures, and other research security and ethics issues in all disciplines.
OVPRIOffice of the Vice President for Research and Innovation
PACMEPresidential Awards for Community Multicultural Enrichment recognizes those VCU and VCU Health System individuals and groups who have made exemplary contributions with regard to promoting civility, building community, establishing cross-cultural initiatives, advocating equity, and nurturing a welcoming and inclusively excellent environment throughout the university and area communities.
PAMQuiPVCU Post Approval Monitoring and Quality Improvement Program - The purpose of the program is to assist the university and investigators in conducting human research that is of the highest ethical quality and is compliant with federal, state and local requirements.
PartnerEASYPartnerEASY makes licensing fast and painless for select technologies in our marketplace.
PartnerSMARTPartnerSMART streamlines the licensing process for industry-sponsored research at VCU—it removes uncertainty and financial concerns for companies in the marketplace by providing pre-paid licensing options. Below are the different options within PartnerSMART.
PartnerSTANDARDPartnerSTANDARD is a traditional negotiated licensing agreement, available for technologies that do not meet the requirements for PartnerEASY or PartnerSMART. All of our licensing templates have been prepared by Cooley, LLP, a top law firm for technology deals and emerging companies, which also has extensive experience in university licensing agreements.
PBRNPractice-based Research Networks (PBRN) - Collaboration is the key to ACORN’s success, relying on strong partnerships with practices, health systems, other universities and PBRNs, community organizations, businesses, insurers, and public health entities. Family Medicine & Population Health
Pcard/CPCUniversity procurement card with Bank of America
PCORIPatient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) funds studies that can help patients and those who care for them make better-informed healthcare choices.
PEMPediatric Emergency Medicine - In collaboration with the Children’s Hospital of Richmond (CHoR), our division is dedicated to patient care and thorough educational training that advances the field of pediatric emergency medicine (PEM).
PeRQThe VCU Presidential Research Quest (PeRQ) Fund aims to afford all faculty an internal funding opportunity to support new, emerging or continuing research. Funded proposals require matching funds from the unit (school or college).
PHCWPathways to Health Care Workforce (PHCW) is a pipeline program that prepares graduating high school seniors and recent high school graduates for entry-level employment in a health care industry. Once employed our goal is for our participants to utilize their employee benefits to pursue post-secondary education. Click around to learn more about the Pathways program.
PHIProtected health information - A subset (record or transmission) of health information, including demographic information, collected from an individual. Clinical research
PIIPersonally identifiable information
PIOHRThe VCU Philips Institute for Oral Health Research (PIOHR) currently has 15 principal investigators and their associated teams making a research core of between 70 and 80 scientists. In addition, there are close links with affiliate clinicians and scientists at VCU including those working at our NCI Designated Massey Cancer Center, Department of Biomedical Engineering, and School of Medicine. We also interact closely with the NIH supported VCU Center for Clinical and Translational Research. The PIOHR is located in the School of Dentistry and is part of the VCU Health System.
PIVOTThe Pivot database includes pre-populated researcher profiles unique to VCU and others. This allows you to search for researchers by name, specific area of study or affiliation. (OVPRI)
PM&RPhysical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) in the School of Medicine
PMDCThe Parkinson's and Movement Disorders Center strives to be a premier model for improving the lives of individuals with movement disorders, their families, and the community through its commitment to excellence in comprehensive interdisciplinary clinical care, translational research, education and outreach. Neurology
PMGThe Performance Management Group in the Wilder School's Center for Public Policy provides fresh insight, proven tools and techniques, and the skilled staff needed to meet individual and organizational objectives. PMG provides a wide array of customized consulting services to assist organizations in the development of strategies and practical action plans for enhanced performance.
POCTRNNational Institutes of Health (NIH) Point-of-Care Technology Research Network (POCTRN) - The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) is urgently soliciting proposals and can provide up to $500M across multiple projects to rapidly produce innovative SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic tests that will assist the public’s safe return to normal activities. Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx), is a fast-track technology development program that leverages the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Point-of-Care Technology Research Network (POCTRN).
POCUSPoint-of-care Ultrasound (POCUS) - Department of Anesthesiology
PRIMEPre-Health and Related Interests Mentoring Experiences (P.R.I.M.E.) empowers underrepresented students interested in health care careers. The student- and staff-initiated group identifies traditional barriers and develops strategies to help peers overcome them. the Office of Pre-Professional Health/STEM Career Advising is partnering with faculty, staff, student organizations, and community health care professionals to provide a stable foundation for our underrepresented first year students transitioning to track declaration and/or student organization membership.
PRIMERPRIMER is a researcher's toolkit offering information about building and maintaining collaborations for those planning multisite projects, especially in the health sciences. (OVPRI)
PRMCVCU Massey Cancer Center (MCC) has established the Protocol Review and Monitoring Committee (PRMC) in line with mandates from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) regarding research with human subjects.
PRMCProtocol Review and Monitoring Committee - The VCU Massey Cancer Center scientific review committee, the Protocol Review and Monitoring Committee, reviews all clinical research studies involving patients with cancer, families of cancer patients or cancer patients' healthcare providers. In addition, it reviews research involving cancer screening, diagnosis or prevention and cancer related surveys (e.g., attitudes about risk, prevention and treatment) of the general population.
PRMSProtocol Review and Monitoring System (PRMS) and monitoring committees -The collaborative nature of cancer research optimizes the Biosatistics Shared Resource' effectiveness, resulting in support from peer-reviewed grants.
PRSSAThe Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is a network of over 300 Chapters in the United States, Argentina, Colombia and Peru. It is the main organization for students interested in the field of public relations.
PSSVPreStudy Site Visit - In clinical research, the visit is typically scheduled following the completion of a sponsor’s feasibility questionnaire.
Q CollectiveThe Queer Research and Advocacy Center in Inclusive Excellence, known as the Q Collective, is a creative and intellectual hub that supports LGBTQIA+ artistic and scholarly activities among faculty, staff, students and the Greater Richmond community.
RADxThe NIH is issuing a funding opportunity to provide expedited funding as part of the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics-Radical (RADx-rad) initiative. The overall goal of the RADx-rad initiative is to solicit proposals for the development of novel, non-traditional approaches to identify the current SARS-CoV-2 virus or other markers of COVID-19.
RAM ClinicRemote Area Medical Clinic (RAM) is held in Wise, VA each year and provides free health care to an estimated 6,000 people at the local Virginia-Kentucky fairgrounds.
RAMS-ACUPAnimal Care and Use Program (ACUP) serves as the gateway for access to information, resources and groups supporting animal research at VCU. (OVPRI) After pre-review, the PI is responsible for reviewing the comments provided by the IACUC reviewers and making any changes to the protocol. The initial submission should be submitted through the RAMS-ACUP system so that it is received by the IACUC no later than the last day of the month preceding the meeting.
RAMS-AIRSActivities and Interest Reporting System (AIRS) - The RAMS (Research Administration Management System) is the official electronic system for the management of activities provided by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation.
RAMS-ECOExport Compliance Program (OVPRI)
RAMS-FORCECore Laboratory Reservation (OVPRI) reservation system for core lab equipment and services.
RAMS-IRBInstitutional Review Board (OVPRI) - The RAMS (Research Administration Management System) is the official electronic system for the management of activities provided by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation.
RAMS-SPOTSponsored Programs Online Tracking (OVPRI)
RAPIDThe National Science Foundation (NSF) has turbo-charged its Rapid Response Research (RAPID) funding mechanism, which allows the agency to fast-track grants up to $200,000 for urgent COVID-19 research proposals. In recent weeks, NSF has granted 58 awards for RAPID research funding.
RCMResponsibility Centered Management is a budgeting model that is purported to increase efficient delivery of academic programs. The decentralized approach to budget allocation assigns greater control over resource decisions to deans.
RCRVCU Policy - Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) and research misconduct
REALVCU's Relevant, Experiential and Applied Learning initiative serves as a central hub for experiential learning activities, both curricular and co-curricular, that happen as part of the VCU academic experience. REAL works with key partners across campus — such as Undergraduate Research, Career Services, Education Abroad, and Community Engagement and Impact — to bring to life President Rao's promise that all VCU students will participate in at least one hands-on learning activities during their time at the university.
RealSourceRealSource is VCU’s vendor, procurement, invoice and contracts portal
RecWellVCU's Recreation and Well-Being Center (RecWell) was created to bring together two separate departments with the same vision of making VCU a healthier and happier place to learn, work, and grow.
RES-ADMVCU Research Administrators (Res-Adm) are invited to subscribe to our listserv, “res-adm”. The listserv is a place to share information, ask questions about theory and/or practice, and to find out how others have solved the problem you are facing.
RFPRequest for proposals (Procurement)
RICThe Recruitment Inclusive Champion (RIC) program was established in 2014 to help strengthen VCU’s faculty and staff recruitment efforts by building cohorts of knowledgeable champions from units across the university who have completed a comprehensive learning experience.
RICVCU Research-related Institutes and Centers
RIEResearch Integrity and Ethics provides oversight and administrative support to the Conflict of Interest Committee (COIC), manages allegations and proceedings involving research misconduct, coordinates the RCR program, and serves as an ethics consultation resource to the research community.
RIOResearch integrity officer appointed by the Vice President for Research and Innovation (VPRI), the individual responsible for receiving and assessing allegations of research misconduct, assuring that there is a timely response to such allegations, ensuring the timely and thorough execution of relevant processes and proceedings, and disseminating communications to those involved in proceedings such as sponsors and agencies as well as those relevant to post-proceeding activities.
RISEThe Research Institute for Social Equity (RISE) within the Wilder School's Center for Public Policy serves as a vehicle to advance racial equity and social justice through multidisciplinary scholarship, research, training, and engagement.
RSCRadiation Safety Committee (RSC), Office of Safety and Risk Management -One of its primary responsibilities is to evaluate new users and new uses of radioactive material. This includes evaluating the training and experience of applicants who request authorization to use radioactive material at the facility, using criteria developed by the RSC.
RSIGThe Research Student Interest Group (RSIG) at the VCU School of Medicine is a student-run interest group with the goal of promoting a community where students can learn about, explore and get involved in research. Information regarding upcoming events, workshops, and research fellowship opportunities can be found on its website.
RSOVCU Department of Internal Medicine Research Services Office (RSO) - The Department is dedicated to providing training and building teamwork to ensure that our administrators are skilled and knowledgeable in all aspects of research administration.
SACLThe mission of the Statistics and Analytics Consulting Lab (SACL) in the Department of Statistical Sciences and Operations Research is to offer a variety of consulting services which enhance both the educational experiences and research projects of VCU students and faculty. Department of Statistical Sciences and Operations Research in Humanities and Sciences
SACSSouthern Association of Colleges and Schools - the mission is the improvement of education in the South through accreditation.
SACS CASISouthern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement
SACS COCSouthern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
SAESerious adverse event
SAEOStudent Accessibility and Educational Opportunity (SAEO) Office is the designated office on VCU's Monroe Park Campus charged with fostering an environment where all students have equal access to the University's programs, services, and activities.
SCANRThe Division of Vascular Neurology engages in cutting-edge industry- and National Institutes of Health-funded research addressing acute treatment, prevention and recovery of cerebrovascular diseases. A member of the Stroke National Capital Area Network for Research (SCANR) Regional Coordinating Center in the NIH funded StrokeNet consortium.
SCHEVState Council of Higher Education for Virginia is the Commonwealth's coordinating body for higher education. The mission is "to advocate and promote the development and operation of an educationally and economically sound, vigorous, progressive, and coordinated system of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and to lead state-level strategic planning and policy development and implementation based on research and analysis".
SEMSSStudent Enrollment Management and Student Success
SERLThe Survey and Evaluation Research Laboratory's (Wilder School-Center for Public Policy) overall mission is to examine public issues and social problems through applied research and evaluation techniques to broaden and improve public discourse and decision-making.
SETIVirginia’s only certificate program in Spanish-English Translation and Interpretation more commonly known as SETI is in the School of World Studies in Humanities and Sciences
SFMCStudent Financial Management Center in Strategic Enrollment Management and Student Success
SHIFTShift Retail Lab at VCU is a multifunctional retail space where past and present VCU students can showcase their work to gain insights and test their products, services, and ideas with real world customers. Located at W. Broad Street
SIEStrategic Initiatives and Engagement - advance VCU's core value of diversity with respect to expanding access to health procession careers for students from diverse backgrounds and foster a climate of inclusion.
SIICsSpecial Interest Institutes and Centers promote diversity and inclusion through research, education, advocacy and community partnerships and include iCubed, Q Collective and El Centro Latinx/Chicanx.
SIMStructured illumination microscopy (SIM) - "super-resolution" microscopy, a shared resource in VCU's Cores Centered in the School of Medicine and Massey Cancer Center.
SIME LabSIME Lab focuses on identifying pathogenetic mechanisms underlying lung disease so that we can speed the identification and development of new and exciting therapeutics. Internal Medicine
SMLSenior Management Level in Banner
SOSigning Official (Sponsored Programs)
SOCRAThe Virginia chapter meetings of the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA) occur through the VCU Wright Center and offer continuing education credit hours to members that attend.
SOESchool of Education
SONSchool of Nursing
SOuRCeVCU Survey of Organizational Research Climate (SOuRCe) - This externally validated instrument assesses the environment for responsible research practices.
SPJSociety of Professional Journalists (SPJ), VCU Chapter is the leading organization for journalists in both print and electronic media.
SPOREThe NCI established the Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPORE). Each SPORE focuses on a specific organ site, such as breast or lung cancer, or on a group of highly related cancers, such as gastrointestinal cancers. SPOREs are designed to enable the rapid and efficient movement of basic scientific findings into clinical settings
SRCScientific Review Committee
SSORDepartment of Statistical Science and Operations Research (SSOR)
Star MetricsSTAR METRICS Portfolio Explorer: This site provides four tools that give different views of scientific portfolios. Specifically, the Expertise Locator helps locate researchers who have submitted or been awarded proposals in different topic areas. The Expertise Locator provides detailed information on their proposals, their co-PIs and their institutions.
STSIn the history department's interdisciplinary study of STS, student's explore science, technology, and medicine in context. In Humanities and Sciences
SWaMProcurement: Small, Women-Owned and Minority-Owned Business
TACThe Testing Access Center (TAC) - SAEO implemented a new test scheduling system which will make it easier for students and faculty to schedule and submit exams proctored in TAC.
TBITraumatic Brain Injury (TBI) research program in the Division of Epidemiology is primarily focused on advancing clinical research methods in search of effective treatment for patients with TBI. Family Medicine and Population Health
TDAACTissue and Data Acquisition and Analysis Core (TDAAC) provides high-quality controlled human tissue samples to investigators, as well as provides customized services to assist them in all tissue collection, consenting, and processing needs. It's mission is to provide support for biomedical research at VCU by maintaining and providing a bank of high quality human tissue samples using best practice collection methodologies, maintaining appropriate patient protections, and integrating relevant clinical data. Department of Pathology
TG/KOTransgenic/Knock-out Mouse Shared Resource (TG/KO) - Genetically engineered mouse models (GEMMs) have become indispensable tools in nearly all fields of biomedical research. Massey Cancer Center
The WellThe Well offers a wide range of services and resources for students, including info on mindfulness, substance use and more.
TINTax identification number
TLCaRGTranslational Lung Cancer Research Group (TLCaRG) focuses its research on discovering new strategies for lung cancer detection and the development of RNA based therapeutics. Research also investigates the role of immunotherapy as an approach for treating lung cancer. Internal Medicine
TOEFLTest of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is a standardized test that measures a test-taker's mastery of the English language. Typically, those who take the TOEFL want to attend university or graduate school in the US. The scores are primarily used by universities as part of the admissions process.
TOPEMTargeted Outcomes Performance Evaluation Metrics (TOPEM), a Health Science virtual planning and reporting system
TRIPTrip medical database, a smart, fast tool to find high quality clinical research evidence. School of Medicine
UCEDDThe Partnership for People with Disabilities is Virginia’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). It is one of a national network of UCEDDs in major universities and teaching hospitals across the country, The mission of UCEDDs is to serve as liaisons between the academic expertise of institutions of higher learning and service delivery systems to positively affect the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families by increasing their independence, productivity, and integration into communities.
UpToDateClinical information tool providing reviewed clinical reference material. Includes pharmaceutical information, patient handouts, graphics. Provided by the VCU Health System. New: Access is available from on and off campus. School of Medicine
VAMCHunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Richmond
VASCUPPVirginia Association of State College and University Purchasing Professionals
VASMVirginia Academy of Sleep Medicine (VASM) - The Academy’s purpose is to both educate clinicians and the public about the importance of sleep and sleep disorders and to improve the health of Virginians.
VCASTVCU Engineering established the VCU Center for Analytics and Smart Technologies (VCAST) in late 2018 to bring academia, industry and the public sector together on projects to improve the data and the devices that drive smart cities.
VCEVirginia Correctional Enterprises (VCE) is a self-supporting agency established by the general assembly and the job skills and experience gained from VCE programs enable inmates a greater chance of finding a job after release.
VCoAThe Virginia Center on Aging (VCoA) in the College of Health Professions. The mission of the VCoA is to define and protect the quality of life for older Virginians so that they may remain autonomous, contribute to their communities, and have access to resources for continued learning and personal growth. We provide data, resources and insightful recommendations to decision makers (legislators, practitioners, service providers and caregivers) to enable them to make informed decisions about our elderly.
VCU IMSDThe VCU Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (VCU IMSD) Graduate Program provides Ph.D. level training in the biomedical sciences for individuals from groups traditionally underrepresented in biomedical research. School of Medicine
VCU PREPThe VCU Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (VCU PREP) is a one-year biomedical research training program for recent college graduates in groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences.
VCU TransformThe new Living-Learning Program will allow students to develop as local, national and global leaders through experiential learning in leadership studies, community engagement and global competency. Students who complete the program will receive a certificate of leadership studies and experiential learning.
VEIVirginia Executive Institute (VEI) provides a dynamic forum for leaders of today and tomorrow to be part of an impressive network of state executives who have committed to developing their leadership strengths and becoming change agents for Virginia's future. A division of the Wilder School
VEIAAVirginia Executive Institute Alumni Association (VEIAA) - To extend the VEI experience by providing opportunities for education, professional training, leadership development, and networking with fellow alumni and state leaders to achieve enhanced performance of state government. Wilder School
VETARValue Efficiency Training and Research (VETAR) funding is a competitive pilot grant program supported with funds from VCU Health as a part of its efforts to promote scientific research and education at the SOM. The program is designed to provide faculty members the initial support needed to start research and educational projects and collect preliminary data required for submission of competitive proposals to external funding agencies. VETAR provides financial support for up to 18 months, and all full-time SOM faculty members are eligible to apply.
VIMMThe mission of the VCU Institute for Molecular Medicine is to create the next generation of effective preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for cancer, neurodegeneration and infectious diseases. Among the goals of VIMM are to leverage current knowledge of cancer, neurodegeneration and infectious diseases to better understand genes that play a critical role in pathogenesis, to identify molecular targets for developing strategies to diagnose and treat these three disease states, and to transfer discoveries into the arena of clinical research and ultimately into practical benefit to society.
VIPBGVirginia Center for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics, department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine. The mission of Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics (VIPBG) is to study the etiology of psychiatric, substance use, and major biomedical disorders that have a significant behavioral component. "We aim to understand the interplay of genetic, environmental and other factors in public health, to educate the next generation of researchers, and to share findings with the scientific community and the general public."
Visual DXVisualDx is a clinical decision support system that allows validation of a medical diagnosis based on visual conditions. It contains over 25,000 medical images detailing variation in age, stage, and skin type. Provided by the VCU Health System.
VLMCThe VCU Lipidomics/Metabolomics Core (VLMC) is a focal point for the development of a sustainable critical mass of expertise in lipid signaling and state-of-the-art analytical techniques.
VMCVirginia Microelectronics Center - At the C. Kenneth and Dianne Harris Wright Virginia Microelectronics Center (VMC), the next big thing starts small. This center, which is over 8,000 square feet, focuses on the fabrication and development of micro- and nano devices and state-of-the-art material creation.
VTCCVirginia Treatment Center for Children is the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at VCU.