The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) is a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia that engages the resources of Virginia Tech, Danville Community College, Averett University and other partners. Its main goal is to diversify, transform and grow the economy of Southern Virginia.

IALR is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (with the exception of some holidays, planned closures and booked events/meetings), and is located at 150 Slayton Ave., Danville, Va. Its campus is set in the Cyber Park, owned by the Danville-Pittsylvania County Regional Industrial Facility Authority.

IALR is governed by a Board of Trustees, which appoints a President to champion its cause and oversee a staff supporting five divisions and other departments. IALR also maintains a Foundation Board.


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, manufacturing advancement 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.

A Beacon For Southern Virginia

Our 8 primary Service Localities

Patrick County
Franklin County
Henry County
Pittsylvania County

Halifax County
Mecklenburg County
Martinsville City
Danville City

Service is also provided to other areas of the state by request or in partnership with other organizations.