Scientific research is one of the most significant spheres of the University's life and the most important aspect of education and professional training.
Research in VSU is conducted and supported by a large number of scientific divisions as well as a number of support groups and research infrastructure.
VSU actively promotes and advertises innovations and technologies with high potential. VSU researchers take part in various scientific contests held by Russian and foreign research organisations and foundations.
In 2013–2014 university researchers conducted over 650 projects including:
- 150 projects within the Federal Target Programmes (FTP) and department programmes: FTP Academic and Teaching Staff for Innovative Russia for 2009–2013, FTP Research and Development in Priority Areas of Russia's Scientific and Technological Sector 2007—2013, Analytical Department Target Programme (ADTP) Higher Educational Institutes Scientific Resources Development (2009-2011);
- 260 projects funded by Russian Foundation for Basic Research, Russian Foundation for Humanities, the Council for Grants of the President of the Russian Federation for Support of Young Russian Scientists, Russian Federation Leading Scientific School State Support;
- 95 projects under the Subject Schedule and State Task;
- 41 projects under Voronezh State University Strategic Development Programme (2012-1016), supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation;
- 4 projects funded by non-governmental foundation Russian World and all-Russian non-governmental foundation Russian Geographical Society;
- 93 projects under agreements with business units of the Russian Federation.
In 2013–2014 Voronezh State University conducted researches funded by grants from international organisations:
- Grant of the Commission of the European Communities (Interregional Economic Ecological Model for the Russian Federation Sustainable Development Activities Evaluation),
- grant of the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union (Ecological Application of Nanosorbents on the Base of Natural and Synthetic Ionites and Carbons).
Since 2013 Voronezh State University has been pursuing two ambitious integrated projects on establishing hi-tech production (financed by the Decree of the Russian Government No 218 dated 09.042010):
- Establishing the hi-tech production of seeds and grain fiber-optic separator, carried out at OAO Voronezhselmash;
- Establishing production of vegetable oils and vegetable fibre processing into non-food products carried out at OAO Efirnoye.