As part of Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, CIRED is a university-wide center. It supports the university’s international mission by identifying and pursuing partnerships and funding opportunities for Virginia Tech to become involved in research, teaching and development across the world. Working with colleges, institutes, departments, and other centers, CIRED identifies areas where the university has distinct expertise and comparative advantages and matches them to specific funding opportunities. The center also strengthens faculty and student capabilities for high-quality, multidisciplinary international engagement.
In providing essential support and resources to the university’s faculty, administration, and staff to acquire and implement international projects, CIRED works closely with such units as the Office of Sponsored Programs and the Controller’s Office. The center also helps create policies and structures that support responsive and robust international projects and programs, including country-level entities (e.g., limited liability companies, LLCs) for project implementation. An important part of the center’s work is to communicate to diverse audiences what Virginia Tech is doing internationally – its activities, successes, and the benefits of our global engagement for people and communities around the world, for the university, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and for our nation.