Research and Technology Strategic Roadmap

The Commonwealth Research and Technology (R&T) Strategic Roadmap is a comprehensive planning tool the Commonwealth uses to identify research areas worthy of economic development and institutional focus. It provides elected and other officials with priorities in key industry sectors that have commercial promise, that will drive economic growth in Virginia, and that will be eligible for Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) awards. Beyond this, the Roadmap also helps inform and align organizations across the state, including public and private universities.

Technology sectors eligible for award under the CRCF FY2016 solicitation follow. Eligible sectors reflect their alignment with Virginia's capabilities and opportunities as well as the Administration's priorities.

  • Cyber Security
  • Energy
  • Information Technology, specifically data analytics
  • Life Sciences
  • Unmanned Systems, for air, ground, or sea

To accomplish the charge of establishing and updating the Roadmap, CIT is supported by the Research and Technology Investment Advisory Committee (RTIAC) and works in close collaboration with the following individuals and organizations to provide a critical evaluation of industry strengths and strategic priorities, economic development initiatives, and academic and research strengths and strategic priorities:

  • Secretariats of Technology, Education, and Commerce and Trade
  • Members of legislature
  • Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP)
  • Regional technology councils
  • Virginia’s colleges and universities
  • Federal labs and other research institutes

CIT continues discussions with industry, academia, and the research community. In addition to the technology sectors noted above, strengths and opportunities have been identified in advanced manufacturing, aerospace, communications, environment, IT (more broadly), nuclear physics, and transportation. Additionally, modeling and simulation is an important enabling technology for numerous priority industries. To learn more about the work and activities going on in Virginia, use the navigation links on the left to view profiles of Virginia's regions and of individual research assets.