Federal Relations

Vanderbilt’s Office of Federal Relations advocates on federal legislation, regulations, and policies impacting the university. As a leading research institution, it is vital that Vanderbilt’s voice helps shape national policies.

We engage with the legislative and executive branches to advance Vanderbilt’s interests and collaborate with other universities and associations on key issues. This work is essential to the success of Vanderbilt’s academic mission of research, education, and service.

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Contact Us

Vanderbilt Office of Federal Relations
750 First Street, N.E., Suite 1110
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 216-4361

Areas of Focus:

  • Federal support for research and policies related to research and research agencies
  • Support for federal student aid programs and federal policies that impact universities
  • Tax policies that impact our students and families well as the university
  • Immigration policies that impact our international students and scholars
  • Other federal policies that impact the university

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On the Hill

September 2023 Federal Update:
Chancellor Diermeier Advocates for VU in D.C.; Rep. Mark Green Visits Vanderbilt; Advocating for Vanderbilt Priorities

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Visit Us in Washington, D.C.

We welcome members of the Vanderbilt community to visit the office in Washington, D.C. In addition to housing the Federal Relations workplace, the office provides a home base for members of Vanderbilt University's faculty and staff who find themselves in the nation’s capital for conferences, research, and other outreach activities.

Please notify us if you plan to visit, and we can provide you with a private office or conference room and information on other services available.