US Army Corps of Engineers
Engineer Research and Development Center

International Research Office

IRO - promoting global research cooperation

Published Jan. 31, 2013
Updated: July 10, 2019

Mission  & Business Areas

The mission of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center-International Research Office (ERDC-IRO) is to promote science and technology interaction, exchange, and cooperation between ERDC and the international research community as a means to advance science and engineering knowledge and technical capabilities in areas relevant to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ mission.

ERDC’s ability to understand, predict, and shape the operational environment drives our S&T strategy and underpins our core competency areas. Our four core competency areas best positioned to currently support the Army’s Modernization are: (a) Blast and Weapons Effects on Structures and Geo-Materials, (b) 3D Mapping and Characterization, (c) Civil and Military Engineering, and (d) Cold Regions Science and Engineering. These core competencies are key to enabling the ability of our current and future military forces to gain and maintain overmatch.

The IRO is responsible for establishing links to international R&D efforts that can add value to research programs within each of the ERDC business areas:
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  • Geospatial Research and Engineering
  • Military Engineering
  • Environmental Quality and Installations
  • Water Resources
  • Engineered Resilient Systems


Our capabilities and facilities are available to assist you in addressing and solving a variety of research and engineering challenges. The IRO promotes R&D opportunities through:

  • support for travel by experts
  • support for focused technical workshops
  • support for international conferences; and
  • research contracting


The IRO maintains a close collaboration with other DoD Research & Development Liaison offices including:

  • European Office of Aerospace Research and Development (EOARD)
  • Office of Naval Research - Global (ONR-G)
  • US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command-Atlantic (CCDC-Atlantic)


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