CIT Refreshes Commonwealth Research and Technology Strategic Roadmap

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Center for Innovative Technology

The Center for Innovative Technology announced today updates to the Commonwealth Research and Technology (R&T) Roadmap, which showcase areas of focus and research priorities at Virginia’s research assets, including universities, federal labs and other institutions.

The R&T Roadmap is developed with input from industry, government and university researchers, and economic development experts and was first published in October 2011. It is a comprehensive planning tool used to identify research areas worthy of economic development and institutional focus in Virginia. R&T areas include: advanced manufacturing, aerospace, communications, cyber security, energy, environment, information technology, life sciences, modeling & simulation, nuclear physics and transportation. These strategic areas represent those with commercial promise and strength within Virginia and help to guide and prioritize Commonwealth investments for research initiatives, such as that of the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF). CRCF was allocated $4.8 million for each year, FY2013 and FY2014.

Virginia Secretary of Technology Jim Duffey said, “The Roadmap is a great example of how we are leveraging the best minds in the public and private sectors to identify Virginia’s research strengths and strategic opportunities to build a foundation for an exciting future in a new innovation economy.”

Ongoing dialogue with the technology community allows the Roadmap to validate priorities as well as identify those that have evolved. FY2013 profiles include discussions of specific research projects and key faculty, as well as links to the organizations’ web pages.

To date, CIT has published eight profiles as part of the refresh, including the College of William and Mary (W&M), the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM), Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS), the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA), Old Dominion University (ODU), the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD, Dahlgren), the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab) and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP). The profiles can be accessed on the CIT website at Additional updates will be posted over the next several months.

The R&T Roadmap was created by the Virginia Assembly in 2009.

About the Center for Innovative Technology,
Since 1985, CIT, a nonprofit corporation, has been the Commonwealth’s primary driver of innovation-based economic development. CIT accelerates the next generation of technology and technology companies through commercialization, capital formation, market development and revenue generation services. To facilitate national innovation leadership and accelerate the rate of technology adoption, CIT creates partnerships between innovative technology start-up companies and advanced technology consumers. CIT’s CAGE Code is 1UP71.


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