The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research serves as a regional catalyst for economic transformation. The mission will be accomplished through applied research, advanced learning, economic development, advanced manufacturing, and conference services.


Driving Economic Transformation is at the heart of everything we do at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. Learn how we discover breakthroughs, create opportunity, grow innovation, power progress and host greatness. Each of our divisions plays a critical role in preserving and delivering this mission on a daily basis.

Our Impact

In 2018 alone, the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) significantly impacted the community. Through advanced learning, advanced manufacturing, applied research, economic development and the Institute Conference Center, IALR was able to bring together the many diverse resources of both public and private entities at the regional and statewide levels. Read below to see what we were able to accomplish.

Inspiration Lab Participants
Endophytes for Biostimulant Applications
Increase in Prospect Leads
Leading to 381 Jobs & Over $74M in Capital Investment
Annual Guests
Institute Conference Center supported 486 events for 21,678 guests in 2018
Volunteer Service Hours
Provided by 26 AmeriCorps Members
Precision Agriculture Images
Captured by Drones
Funds Raised
in Eight Years for Nonprofits by the Decorating the Trees for a Cause Program
Learners Served through STEM Programs
2,248 More Learners Served Outside of IALR’s Traditional Footprint

Seeking Summer Interns

We are currently seeking nine summer interns (high school graduates and college students and graduates) for work-based learning opportunities at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. Students will enjoy hands-on, applied learning in STEM-related projects across various fields, including biotechnology, precision agriculture, research and data analysis, marketing and communications, and talent development. One recent intern in the Communications department even helped create this award-winning video sharing a firsthand look at the benefits of internships at IALR. The application deadline is 4 p.m., March 15.

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IALR in Action

IALR serves as an agent of growth by focusing on supporting and encouraging the Southern Virginia region’s economic transformation. Interact with the images below to see IALR in action.

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