Virginia Commonwealth University established the Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR) in 2007 to enhance research infrastructure and promote collaboration. In 2010, VCU received a $20 million Clinical & Translational Science Awards (CTSA) grant from the National Institutes of Health to become part of a nationwide consortium of research institutions. These institutions, including VCU through the CCTR, seek to advance science and foster partnerships to speed innovation and accelerate laboratory discoveries into treatments for patients. Researchers across the university are supported by the CCTR in multidisciplinary research. At the same time, the center builds and nurtures mutually beneficial partnerships with community practitioners, community organizations and patients to enhance the adoption of evidence-based best practices in general clinical practice, delivering improved medical care to the region and advancing medical discoveries that save the lives of patients around the world.