Student in the background operating technical machinery, including green laser.

BEAM's research portfolio

The department boasts a robust research program that supports impactful, transdisciplinary collaboration and discovery in 11 distinct research areas. External research expenditures for fiscal year 2017 totaled over $15 million.

Current funding agencies include:

  • National Science Foundation
  • National Institutes of Health
  • United States Department of Defense
  • United States Department of Veterans Affairs
  • United States Office of Naval Research
  • United States Army
  • United States Air Force
  • United States Department of Energy
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Additionally, many of our faculty conduct research in collaboration with foundations as well as private industry partners. 


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Centers, facilities, and labs

Explore the department's research spaces, on the main Blacksburg campus and beyond.

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Partners and affiliates

BEAM partners with a number of other departments, research institutes, and university units.