Research & Development

Incubators for Innovation

The Commonwealth is home to many internationally recognized research and development (R&D) facilities. Federally funded R&D facilities, along with Virginia's prestigious research universities, give businesses direct access to cutting-edge technology and some of the world's leading researchers. From the automotive industry to medical research to the next generation of high technology, these research facilities have something to offer your business.

  • Virginia is home to a strong presence of federal research and development activities, including 11 Federally Funded R&D Centers and 23 FLC Laboratories such as the Homeland Security Institute, NASA Langley Research Center, and the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility.
  • In the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Enterprising States study, Virginia is a recognized leader in science- and technology-based employment and business sectors.
  • Virginia is ranked 2nd with the highest concentration of technology workers in the country. And we're 6th in total high-technology employment as reported in Cyberstates 2016.


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