Research and Development

Unique R&D assets to propel your business into the future

SVPAC final log 001Southern Virginia Product Advancement Center

A clean-energy incubator and commercialization center, this state-of-the-art facility and “program” of services supports commercialization of new clean-energy technologies.

The Southern Virginia Product Advancement Center (SVPAC) manages and operates the Riverstone Clean Energy Commercialization Center, the Modeling and Simulation Center of Excellence, and the National Center for Coatings Application, Research, and Education.

The SVPAC partners and networks with corporations, entrepreneurs, universities, national labs, governmental entities, and funding agencies to provide commercialization support to burgeoning technologies and companies in the sustainable energy sector. Learn more.



The National Center for Coatings Application, Research, and Education (C-CARE) is a one-of-a-kind coating and finishing technology center, housing 11,000 square feet of environmentally controlled space, and a suite of state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing coating and finishing equipment. Learn more.


R&D Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Energy EfficiencyR&D CAMEE

The R&D Center for Advanced Manufacturing & Energy Efficiency (R&D CAMEE), an initiative of the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC), provides advanced manufacturing and energy efficient solutions to manufacturers by means of innovative technology and techniques. Located in the SVHEC's Innovation Center, which is equipped with an advanced machining center, computer labs, multi-use classrooms, research assistant support spaces, 80-seat conference center, a student studio & and prototype space. Learn more.


Southern Virginia Vehicle Motion Laboratory (SoVa Motion)Southern Virginia Vehicle Motion Laboratory (SoVa Motion)

A national center for ground vehicle performance testing, engineering & research services specializing in racing, advance technology and performance vehicles, SoVa Motion is strategically located at the Virginia International Raceway, a 1200-acre race complex with multiple courses, and is a part of the National Tire Research Center.   The organization boasts world-class testing equipment, and delivers cutting-edge performance to its motorsports, military and automotive industry clients.

The facility boasts an eight-post shaker rig and a driving simulator, each of which can be programmed to simulate many of the world’s racetracks. A race car can be strapped to the shaker rig, and its suspension fine-tuned with precise adjustments, while the rig’s giant pneumatic posts simulate the surface and air dynamics affecting the car's performance over a particular track. Learn more.


National Tire Research CenterNational Tire Research Center

NTRC is an advanced tire research center and test facility, specializing in independent testing, research, and assessments to complement and supplement activities performed by global tire and vehicle manufacturers.

This one-of-a-kind center provides the automotive industry with the testing capability needed to engineer and develop tires to enhance fuel economy and lower emissions while meeting federal vehicle requirements and customer expectations. Learn more.