o improve human health is one of the goals of research at VCOM. The Office of Research Administration (ORA) directs and supports the research programs of the college. ORA assists faculty in applying for and securing external funds in support of their, and VCOM’s, professional interests.
In fiscal year 2011, grants awarded totaled more than $1.2 million. VCOM receives this extramural funding as a result of proposals developed by faculty members and professional staff on a national, competitive, peer-reviewed basis. Through partnerships with neighboring universities and colleges, local communities and hospitals, and federal agencies, VCOM faculty and staff have experienced another year of growth in the college’s research base. Total multiyear award amounts have increased from $500,000 when VCOM began research in fiscal year 2003 to over $3.2 million in the 2011-12 fiscal year.