It is an exciting time for researchers and scholars at the George Washington University (GW).

At the dawn of GW's third century, a strong research enterprise is central to the university's mission. More than 35 cross-disciplinary institutes and dozens of school-based centers foster cutting-edge research projects in science and technology, engineering, public health, medicine, policy, and the arts and humanities.

Research and innovation are driving forces advancing GW as an academic institution and society as a whole, and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research works diligently to strengthen existing initiatives and expand into new fields.

Research Mission

GW's mission is to improve the world with the discoveries and creative expressions of its faculty and students. This requires the university to invest in the areas of scholarship and research where it can have the greatest success and to ensure that its research ecosystem matches the aspirations of the university community. And it requires that the university facilitate research that crosses disciplinary and geographic boundaries. GW will build on the progress it has made, exploring ways to support research that continues to generate groundbreaking discoveries and innovative ideas.


  • Ensure that principal investigators have the support and flexibility they need to focus on their research.
  • Enhance GW's research and scholarly reputation and promote discoveries and innovations made by the university community.
  • Align the research and academic enterprises.
  • Enrich the educational experience of GW students by increasing opportunities to work and publish with faculty.