Research Parks

The Foundation created two dynamic research parks, University of Virginia Research Park and Fontaine Research Park, to encourage relationships with the private sector and to transfer technology and expertise from the research arm of the University of Virginia to the ever-changing business environment. These state-of-the-art business and research communities provide access to cutting-edge research, a skilled workforce and a favorable business climate - all in a region renowned for its unmatched natural beauty and superb quality of life.


The mission of the University of Virginia Research Parks is to provide state-of-the-art facilities that serve as a catalyst for the creation and enhancement of research and business collaboration between the University of Virginia and the public and private sectors, for the economic and societal benefit of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Central Virginia region and the nation.

This Research Park mission is validated by:

  • Creating faculty and student research projects in partnership with research park entities.

  • Fostering and enhancing reciprocal consulting opportunities benefiting University faculty as well as researchers and administrative leaders representing research park entities.

  • Establishing joint venture business opportunities and technology transfer between the University, its faculty and students and research park entities.

  • Providing exciting employment opportunities for University of Virginia students and members of the Central Virginia community, in the process providing economic stimulus to the area.

  • Serving as a recruiting and retention tool for key University faculty by providing cutting-edge research possibilities for faculty and employment opportunities for faculty spouses.