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DOE grant will aid MWRD-Iowa State University partnership

Source: Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago Funding supports research toward the world’s first commercial scale revolving algal biofilm system to remove nutrients from wastewater The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago...

Gross-Wen Technologies, Partners Awarded $240,000 Grant to Develop Promising Energy Technology

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Researchers to Develop and Commercialize Next-Generation Algal Wastewater Treatment Process to Improve Phosphorus Removal from Wastewater AMES, Iowa (July 13, 2020) – Iowa State University-affiliated startup Gross-Wen Technologies, Inc....

America’s SBDC Iowa announces Alicia Smith as new chief accountant

Alicia Smith, CPA, joins the state office as their new Chief Accountant.  AMES, Iowa – America’s SBDC Iowa (SBDC) has announced Alicia Smith as their new Chief Accountant. She started her position on June 29. After spending the last two years assisting SBDC with...

America’s SBDC Iowa announces two new additions to their team

Sheri Benson joined Iowa State University’s SBDC and Brianna Hall joined America’s SBDC Iowa. AMES, Iowa – America’s SBDC Iowa (SBDC) is pleased to announce Brianna Hall as the new Marketing Manager and Sheri Benson has joined Iowa State University’s SBDC as their...

Iowa State University, John Deere collaboration advances research in hybrid manufacturing

Source: Iowa State University College of Engineering News, by Nick Fetty Advancements are being made within the field of hybrid manufacturing because of a research collaboration between Iowa State University and John Deere. Matt Frank, a professor in industrial and...

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Center for Industrial Research and Service

The Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) serves Iowa companies in five main areas: Growth, Leadership, Productivity, Technology, and Workforce. Over the past five years, CIRAS’ work with Iowa businesses has generated an economic impact of more than $2.5 billion. 

America’s SBDC Iowa

The Iowa Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) provides free, confidential, customized business advice in all 99 Iowa counties to businesses with 500 employees or less.

ISU Research Park

The Iowa State University Research Park Corporation is a non-profit, independent corporation that serves as an innovation community and incubator for new and expanding businesses. The park currently houses 12 buildings and tenants employ more than 2,250 employees.


ISU Research Foundation (ISURF) and Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer (OIPTT). A non-profit entity that manages the protection and commercialization of its research results, the ISURF works closely with Iowa State University’s OIPTT.

ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship

The ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship is the catalyst that brings together the people and ideas necessary for launching or growing successful enterprises.