Vanderbilt prides itself on being a global hub for conducting scholarly research, advancing discoveries and fueling breakthroughs across multiple disciplines. Students are central to the university’s world-class research efforts and have a variety of opportunities to take part in transformative discoveries.

COVID-19 vaccine research in Dr. James Crowe’s lab at MRBIV
Vivian Gama Lab


Interdisciplinary Approach

Research at Vanderbilt draws on the belief that great breakthroughs happen when different ideas, disciplines and areas of expertise come together. As a result, Vanderbilt is dedicated to fostering cross-disciplinary collaborations that can expand the framework for what is possible. Revolutionary programs like the Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering and the Engine for Art, Democracy and Justice are among the many examples of multi-departmental partnerships within the One Vanderbilt community.


Undergraduate Research

For many undergraduates, the opportunity to work alongside graduate students and leading faculty experts is a defining aspect of their Vanderbilt experience.

Research at Vanderbilt is integrated into many academic courses and majors, and it spans everything from field studies in the natural sciences, to laboratory research, to historical investigations and projects at the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities. Beyond the classroom, undergraduate students are encouraged to pursue research as part of Immersion Vanderbilt and through summer programs such as the Vanderbilt Undergraduate Summer Research Program.

Vanderbilt is a preeminent global research university whose faculty are recognized for path-breaking research and innovative leadership in higher education.

Padma Raghavan, Ph.D., M.S. Vice Provost for Research Padma Raghavan, Ph.D., M.S.
Vice Provost for Research

Reinhart-King Lab


Centers & Institutes

Vanderbilt’s many centers and institutes create additional opportunities for focused research, scholarship and community outreach while also reinforcing the university’s trans-institutional approach. Among the many examples of Vanderbilt’s centers and institutes are the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise & Public Policy, the Vanderbilt Brain Institute, the Data Science Institute and the Wond’ry, Vanderbilt’s Innovation Center.


Support & Funding

The university is committed to helping Vanderbilt faculty, students, labs, centers and institutes procure funding and resources for projects that can improve society.

From the proposal stage to the commercialization of key discoveries, the Office of Research provides a robust ecosystem of resources—including those through the department of Research Development & Support, the Center for Technology Transfer & Commercialization, Research IT—along with other services through the Heard Libraries.

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