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Research & Impact

At Old Dominion University, our philosophy is simple: Knowledge should be productive. We are committed to providing research-driven solutions. Our world-class researchers are partnering with business, industry, government and investment leaders to create answers for society's most pressing challenges.

ODU research teams generate $88 million in annual funding

Old Dominion University has already made great strides in the areas of modeling and simulation, bioelectrics, maritime health and systems, nanotechnologies and alternative energies. With over 400 projects in progress at our 26 research centers, the cutting-edge is Old Dominion University. Experience our real-world results by exploring our centers, listed on the right.


The modern society faces an array of tough challenges and ODU provides the infrastructure, the facilities, the experience and the resources to face them head-on with our research-driven solutions. We're combining public and private investment to bring viable ideas to the marketplace and testing the viability and scalability of an array of new products and technologies.

The ODU Business Gateway provides companies and organizations of all sizes with a single entry point to engage then intellectual capital, innovative technologies and world-class infrastructure of Old Dominion University to solve business problems, create new offerings and unlock operational efficiencies that save both time and money. As part of ODU's Innovation Research Park, the Business Gateway is perfectly positioned to synergize the best of all worlds.


Old Dominion University is committed to attracting top talent, nurturing investment and business start-ups, generating high-paying jobs and improving the quality of life for Hampton Roads and all of Virginia. We are seeding businesses and our own position of becoming the region's engine of economic development. Our local, regional and national impact will only continue to grow.

Office of Research

Undergraduate Research Lab

The Office of Research serves the university faculty and staff by providing administrative services to support the research enterprise. In addition, the Office provides an important interface with public and private members of the external community that have a vested interest in research.

Our Solution

"Our Solution" is providing key research to solve some of the world's most critical and urgent problems. These solutions contribute to enhancing the growth and vitality of both the state and our nation.

Learning Initiatives

VMASC Research

Research Initiatives

Biodiesel Research

Student Research


Student research at ODU is a rewarding experience for students to investigate and present on problems that need solutions.

Business Partnerships

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Old Dominion University cultivates partnerships with business and industry by providing access to ODU's intellectual capital, innovative technologies and world-class infrastructure and offering high-quality professional development.

Community Partnerships

Student Organization Members

Old Dominion University is an active partner in the Hampton Roads community, in the Commonwealth of Virginia and nationwide.

Military Partnerships

ROTC Student Receives Award

ODU is proud to continue to partner with many military installations and support the courageous men and women in our military.

Research Committees

Biodiesel Research

A list of the various research committees at ODU.