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University Research

At Liberty, We're Committed to Research

Liberty University celebrates academic curiosity and creativity. We approach research with a spirit of discovery, rushing across the line in the sand that says to go no further. We challenge the idea of the impossible and the unknowable.

Research is actively present across our 17 different schools, each with unique passions and drives. From biology and chemistry to graphic design to medicine, Liberty is opening doors to faculty and students to study and pursue research in their area of interest.

Whether you're an undergraduate student, a graduate student, or faculty – we have research opportunities ready and waiting for you.

Research at Liberty University

Offices Involved in University Research

Sponsored Programs

Sponsored Programs

The Office of Sponsored Programs helps students and faculty through the research grant process – from submitting your grant proposal through receiving a research award.

Research Ethics

Research Ethics Office

The Research Ethics Office includes the Institutional Review Board (IRB), Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), and the Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC).

Schools Involved in University Research

College of Osteopathic Medicine

Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM)

The Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM) Center for Research supports research opportunities for its student-doctors in their area of interest. LUCOM's Pre-Clinical Research Elective provides student-doctors with hands-on experience in biomedical research.

The Graduate School

The Graduate School (TGS)

The Graduate School (TGS) at Liberty provides research opportunities for graduate student, including an annual research week event. TGS also maintains the Liberty University Journal of Graduate Research, Fidei et Veritatis.

Center for Research and Scholarship

The Center for Research and Scholarship (CRS) supports new and ongoing research opportunities at Liberty. CRS coordinates internally sponsored research projects for Liberty faculty and students. CRS also oversees Liberty's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) to improve research and scholarship for undergraduate residential students.

Center for Research and Scholarship Research Awards

Find Research Funding Opportunities

Liberty Funding

Liberty Funding Opportunities

Liberty's Center for Academic Development (CAD) and Center for Research & Scholarship (CRS) coordinate and support research initiatives. The CAD and CRS provide funding opportunities for faculty and students through research grants and awards.

The Provost's Award for Research Excellence (PARE) is available to all Liberty students.

External Funding

External Funding Opportunities

The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) can help you find funding opportunities, apply for research grants, and manage your awards. The OSP also keeps track of new external funding opportunities available to faculty and students such as federal and foundation grants.


Faculty & Student Research Projects

Research Project: Identifying chemicals found in the environment that are able to mimic the effects of estrogen and the cellular pathways through which they exert their effect


Faculty Dr. Cameron Sheeler and student Levi Schiefer work together to identify chemicals found in the environment that are able to mimic the effects of estrogen and the cellular pathways through which they exert their effect. 

Research Project: Studying the impact of interpreters on the world's view of Deaf culture and ASL

Worldview on Deaf Culture and ASL

Faculty Professor Nicole Thorn and student Madison Groat work together to research the impact interpreters have on the world's view of Deaf culture and ASL.

Research Project: Graphic design

Graphic Design

Faculty Professor Monique Maloney and student Josiah Pierce work together to research and create branding for the 2018 BigSURS research week.


Liberty's Annual Research Week Event

Liberty University holds an annual research week where graduate and undergraduate students can showcase their results from months of research through rigorous inquiry and analysis.

Topics range from the implementation of unmanned aircraft in wilderness rescue missions to the effectiveness of drama therapy in treating mental illness to the prevalence of fungal pathogens in newts.

Annual Research Week


Liberty University Research News

Kennedy Center festival recognizes original play 'Bloodroot' as regional finalist

"Thanks to a grant from Liberty’s Center for Research & Scholarship (CRS), Liberty students were not only able to write “Bloodroot,” but to produce and perform it, making it eligible for consideration from the KCACTF." 

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New energy research facility receives $300,000 Virginia grant

"Virginia Governor Ralph Northam recently announced a $300,000 grant to create Industry Labs at Liberty University’s Center for Energy Research & Education (CERE)...to help with the construction of four labs: a chemical/material lab, an EMC (electromagnetic compatibility) lab, a calibration lab, and a non-destructive testing lab." 

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Engineering research facility awarded state grant of over $274,000

"Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced a $274,980 grant for Liberty University’s Center for Engineering Research & Education (CERE). The grant will help develop an Additive Manufacturing Partnership Lab (AMPL) and is one of three regional awards totaling more than $1.5 million." 

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Researchers take on project to save salamander population

"As amphibian populations across the planet are dwindling due to the deadly chytrid fungus, a team of Liberty University researchers is working to discover a solution to preserving salamander species... [Dr. Becker] leads a team of undergraduate researchers on a project that is funded in part by the Virginia Herpetological Society (VHS) and Liberty’s Center for Research & Scholarship (CRS)." 

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New doctoral program in mental health care uses latest in telehealth technology

"Under the new Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Psychiatric Mental Health, which launched this fall, students are being trained in telehealth (using robotic technology to connect with patients who may not otherwise have immediate access to a specialist)... The new [DNP in Psychiatric Mental Health] program aims to meet a national need for qualified mental health providers." 

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