George Mason University

About Mason Research

A Mission, a Duty, a Priority

Our faculty conduct world-class research, scholarship, and creative work that's recognized across the nation and around the world.

Mason is one of the top research universities in the nation, holding an R1 designation from the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. We are the largest public research university in Virginia, and account for almost 60 percent of the growth of higher education in the state.

We've put a major organization focus on research, innovation, and economic impact.

Research Services

This team supports sponsored project development and execution, including proposal development, award management, and research accounting/reporting. This team also:

  • Serves as steward for research integrity and assurance.
  • Promotes and supports the responsible conduct of research.

Research and Innovation Initiatives

This team leads initiatives to grow research capacity through:

  • Multidisciplinary collaboration.
  • Research development support for complex and high-impact projects, interdisciplinary centers, university research institutes, and research core facilities.
  • Promotion of entrepreneurial thinking in high-impact curricular activities.

Community and Economic Initiatives

This office creates strategic relationships with community and corporate partners. This team also:

  • Manages Mason intellectual property.
  • Supports the growth of new ventures.
  • Develops shared facilities to support commercialization and community service.


  Mason's Research Partners  
National Institute of Standards and Technology Department of Homeland Security Department of Transportation
Adobe Systems National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities
Naval Research Laboratory Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Department of Defense
NASA Department of the Interior Department of Agriculture
Department of Justice Department of Commerce Department of Education
Department of Energy State Department Deloitte
Small Business Administration The Beck Foundation Booz Allen Hamilton
CACI International Dewberry IBM
Leidos Lockheed Martin Micron Technology
Northrop Grumman Pragmatics Widelity