Vision and Mission



We are an industry-led research center in the Lynchburg region of Virginia that provides a research university environment. We bring together private and public money, talent and resources to foster knowledge creation, facilitate technology transfer, improve the scientific and engineering workforce, and serve as an “innovation intermediary” to benefit regional industry.


The CAER targets growth industries and high-tech industries in the region and in the Commonwealth of Virginia and works to establish effective and beneficial relationships between these industries and major R&D resources, resulting in innovation and the practical implementation of innovation in the region’s industries and professional development opportunities for scientists and engineers. As a result, the CAER continues to drive a shift from traditional economic development activities to Technology-Based Economic Development (TBED) activities in the region.