JIHIR supports heavy-ion research at the Holifield Radioactive Ion Beam Facility. The Joint Institute houses an intellectual center in the field of heavy ion research, offering workshops, support for meetings and conferences, and physical accommodations to long- and short-term visiting scientists conducting research related to the Holifield facility in cooperation with scientists from The University of Tennessee, Vanderbilt University, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. JIHIR operates under an agreement between The University of Tennessee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Vanderbilt University, fulfilling goals of mutual benefit to sponsors and participants.