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.


Undergraduate Research

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

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

In addition to its traditional schools and departments, Vanderbilt supports numerous centers and facilities to promote interdisciplinary research and collaboration, such as the ten within the . These centers—including the  and the —provide a vibrant research and training environment through academic expertise spanning a wide range of specialization.

University-wide interdisciplinary centers and institutes include the Wond’ry, Vanderbilt's Innovation Center, the Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering, the Center for Digital Humanities and the Data Science Institute, among many others.

Day in the Life: Sarah Igo


Support & Funding

The university is committed to helping Vanderbilt faculty, students, labs, centers and institutes secure funding and resources for projects that can improve society from the university, federal and state-sponsored research grants and other external funding mechanisms.

From the proposal stage to the commercialization of key discoveries, the  provides a robust ecosystem of resources—including those through the department of Research Development & Support, the  Ի along with other services through the .

  • $298M

    Received from 1,259 awards (FY '23)

  • 200+

    U.S. patent applications filed (FY’23)