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Research & Innovation That Helps Faculty, Staff and Students Address Scientific & Technical Challenges World-Wide

Office of Research & Innovation Funding Facts

  • $500,000 Supports K-12


Welcome to the website for the Office of Research & Innovation (ORI)!

As the Vice President, and Chief Research and Innovation Officer, I urge you to peruse the website and explore the various ways that ORI is touching the lives of our students and working with community partnerships.

Our commitment to increasing research and innovation is unparalleled, and we provide our students with a world-class education that will prepare them for success in their future endeavors. Our commitment to inclusion and valuing our diversity is fundamental to achieving our mission, and we continue to foster an environment where all individuals are valued and respected.

Please consider a campus visit if you are curious about academic programs at Richard Bland. Faculty and Staff are eager to help students reach their academic goals, and ORI is open to new possibilities for community partnerships with our corporate neighbors.

Together, we can create a brighter future for ourselves and for the world.


Kim Boyd, Ph.D.
Vice President – Chief Research & Innovation Officer


The U.S. National Science Foundation announced the first-ever Enabling Partnerships to Increase Innovation Capacity (EPIIC) investment of $19.6 million to nearly 50 teams at U.S. institutions of higher education, including teams from historically Black colleges and universities, minority-serving institutions and community colleges. Each institution will receive up to $400,000 over three years. RBC has received that maximum $400k amount, one of only two colleges in Virginia to be awarded funding.

RBC Grant to Build Study Abroad  Capacity 

Richard Bland College of William & Mary  is one of 34 U.S. colleges and universities in 28 U.S. states to be awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of State’s Increase and Diversify Education Abroad for U.S. Students (IDEAS) Program, which aims to develop and expand study abroad programs around the world. Of the 34 U.S. colleges and universities, eight are community colleges and 13 are minority-serving institutions.


When the novel coronavirus pandemic shut down education in March 2020, Tori McArtis could never have predicted just how off course she would get in her pursuit of a psychology degree.

“COVID impacted me in many ways,” recalled McArtis, who was then a freshman at Virginia State University (VSU). “I had to go home in the middle of my spring semester. I had to quit my summer job to protect myself and my family from getting sick. Even though I felt like I did everything I could, I still ended up contracting COVID that year.”

Dr. Kimberly Boyd, Ph.D., Vice President and Chief Research and Innovation Officer at Richard Bland College of William & Mary…

Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Grant

Richard Bland College of William & Mary is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of a $300,000 Department of Justice (DOJ), Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) grant to reduce Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking (DVSAS) on campus. RBC will create RESPECT, a comprehensive program to strengthen prevention education, bystander intervention training, and victim services with a collaborative effort of campus personnel, off-campus partners, and off-campus consultant resources, a Coordinated Community Response Team (CCR).

The grant was written and brokered by Kimberly Boyd, Ph.D. — Vice-President and Chief Research & Innovation Officer at RBC. Her office is RBC’s hub for research grants at the college. “We hold a commitment at RBC to making the world a better place for others,” says Dr. Boyd. “This grant represents ideals fundamental to our mission.”

Dr. Debbie L. Sydow, President of RBC adds, “The goal of RESPECT is to reduce or eliminate DVSAS incidents and to offer trauma-informed services to victims with support for long-term healing.

RBC Community Mobile Health Initiative

In 2022, Richard Bland College partnered with Virginia State University’s Pubic Health Initiative to create RBC’s Mobile Health Initiative.  The goal is to allocate resources to help educate the community on general health topics, COVID-19, and enhance test and vaccination plans across and around RBC’s campus. The Mobile Health Unit returns in  2023 to offer several services which include vaccinations, blood pressure checks, and STD/HIV testing. The Unit will be on campus twice a week (Tuesdays & Thursdays) to offer services.

Richard Bland College Names Kim Boyd, Ph.D. Vice President

Dr. Kimberly Boyd, who has two decades of academic and administrative experience in higher education at prominent institutions throughout the Commonwealth, has been named Vice President at Richard Bland College of William & Mary. The announcement was made by Dr. Debbie L. Sydow, President of RBC.  Dr. Boyd joined RBC in January 2022 as the College’s Chief Research and Innovation Officer, and she will retain responsibility for that area in addition to oversight of academics and student success.


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Richard Bland College of William & Mary prepares students for transfer to highly-ranked colleges and universities. RBC has guaranteed transfer agreements with 35-plus institutions throughout Virginia that enables you to seamlessly transfer to earn your bachelors degree.
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