Several nationally prominent private, non-profit research institutes have established significant centers in Virginia in recent years such as the National Institute of Aerospace in Hampton, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Loudoun County, and the SRI’s Center for Advanced Drug Research in the Shenandoah Valley.
National Institute of Aerospace: The National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) is a strategic partner with NASA Langley Research Center and the aerospace community. NIA conducts leading-edge aerospace research and technological development through a consortium of research universities including Georgia Tech, Hampton University, North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina State University, the University of Maryland, the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Old Dominion University, the College of William & Mary and the AIAA Foundation.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Research Campus: The Janelia Research Campus houses a world-class research center where scientists from many disciplines gather to collaborate closely to tackle some of science's most challenging problems in neuroscience and imaging. The Janelia complex includes a large laboratory building, conference facilities, and housing, all designed to blend into the natural surroundings of the site. The planning for both the scientific program and the campus facilities is intertwined, with each part overlapping and influencing the other.
SRI Shenandoah Valley: SRI Shenandoah Valley was established in 2006 as the SRI Center for Advanced Drug Research (CADRE), but has expanded to include other areas of health, biomedical research, drug discovery, and drug development. The center's research includes research in emerging infectious disease, metabolic disease and proteomics; applied research in therapeutics including drugs, biologics, and vaccines; and personalized medicine through the development of companion diagnostics and biomarkers.