The Cook Islands Research Association supports and promotes a wide range of research about the Cook Islands and Cook Islanders everywhere.
CIRA is a non-government organization with no political, religious or other affiliations.
The logo was designed by renowned Cook Islands artist Mahiriki Tangaroa.
Its three elements are:
- tavake: twin-tailed tropic bird symbolizing the natural heritage
- vaka: voyaging canoe symbolizing the cultural heritage
- 15 stars in a circle from the national flag symbolizing the nation, its people, economy, polity, history, culture and society