As a land-grant institution, one of West Virginia University’s primary objectives is research. Agricultural research is carried out throughout the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design and at research facilities throughout the state.
- West Virginia Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station: The research programs of the West Virginia Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station provide information and opportunity that benefits individual well-being, industry, community development, and governing bodies, in West Virginia and far beyond.
- Appalachian Hardwood Center
Established in 1987 by the West Virginia state legisltaure, the Appalachian Hardwood Center provided research and technical support for the wood products industry.
- Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit: The Cooperative Research Units were created to enhance graduate education in fisheries and wildlife sciences and to facilitate research among natural resource agencies and universities on topics of mutual concern.
- Environmental Research Center
The goal of the ERC is to provide a center of excellence, administratively housed at WVU that effectively informs policy and promotes economic development focused on a sustainable and productive natural environment.
- The International Culture Collection of Arbuscular and VA Mycorrhizal Fungi
A National Science Foundation funded project, The International Culture Collection of Arbuscular and VA Mycorrhizal Fungi preserves valuable germplasm and makes this germplasm available to researchers and the public.
- Natural Resource Analysis Center
By incorporating technologies such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing, the Natural Resource Analysis Center provides valuable data for use in environmental planning, environmental and natural resource economics, forest and wildlands recreation, wildlife management, forest ecology, and land and water resource reclamation.
- Rumen Fermentation Profiling Laboratory
Employing processes pioneered by the lab administrators, the Rumen Fermentation Laboratory provides accurate and cost-effective feed and feed usage analysis for farmers and feed representatives around the world.
- Kearneysville Tree Fruit Research and Education Center
Established in 1930 and located in Jefferson County, the Kearneysville Tree Fruit Research and Education Center serves commercial tree fruit producers through research in the areas of entomology and plant pathology and by providing educational programs for growers.