About CIRE

Mission Statement

Our mission is to design and execute research in the cultural and natural sciences.  We work with the Department of Defense and the US Army Corps of Engineers, as well as other agencies, foundations, or private organizations that have identified crucial research problems affecting the nation.

Who We Are

The Center for Integrated Research on the Environment (CIRE) is a center at the University of Montana organized within a suite of “areas of investigation, research and support” with specific roles and responsibilities strategically designed to address the particular needs of our clients.  We work most closely with the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Defense, but also with other agencies, foundations and private organizations to accomplish specific research goals.  CIRE is organized to maximize project coordination and response efficiencies through an Executive Team and a Management Team.

The Executive Team is composed of the CIRE Director, the UM Vice President for Research, the Director of the Office for Research and Sponsored Programs, and the Associate Vice President for Human Resources.  Dr. Ragan Callaway serves as the Principal Investigator/Program Director of CIRE projects.  The Executive Team’s responsibilities include program management within the larger University, coherence with university research policy, contracting and fiduciary responsibilities including pre- and post-award adherence to all federal, state and university laws and regulations, and meeting all federal, state and university employment regulations.

The Management Team is at the very core of CIRE and is responsible for the implementation of research, data collection, support, and management goals of the contract and service to the “client”.  The Management Team encompasses two overarching topical divisions: a Natural Resources Division and a Cultural Resources Division.  The CIRE Director is responsible for overall program management and serves as the primary contact between the University and the client.  The Management Team is composed of the CIRE Administrative Staff and the Project PIs who oversee the execution of Tasks associated with the Scopes of Work in a contract between CIRE and our clients.