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Iowa Manufacturers Respond to COVID-19; CIRAS Adapts to Assist

Source: CIRAS Thousands of face shields are scheduled to be delivered to Mary Greeley Medical Center this month as part of a CIRAS-coordinated effort to help Iowa manufacturers meet this state’s tremendous demand for personal protection equipment. That’s just one...

Iowa companies come together to provide face shield kits to medical professionals

Source: The Dimensional Group MASON CITY, IA -- The Dimensional Group, in conjunction with Angstrom Precision Molding, Inc. and help from CIRAS of Iowa State University, soon will begin manufacturing a new face shield and halo component that will be available to...

SBDC, network of partners, play a role in securing hand sanitizer for CVM

Source: Inside Iowa State A network of campus partners including College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) Dean Dan Grooms, Ivy College of Business Dean David Spalding, SBDC State Director Lisa Shimkat and other helping hands on campus and beyond assisted S&B Farms...

CIRAS to coordinate ISU help for COVID-19 manufacturing needs

Source: Inside Iowa State The Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) will be Iowa State's primary point of contact for manufacturing requests related to COVID-19 health care needs. Faculty and staff who receive such a request should send it...

FarmHand App: Connecting job seekers with farming, agriculture jobs

Startup aims to bridge the gap between farm labor shortage and jobs lost due to COVID-19 pandemic AMES, Iowa (April 1, 2020) – Working in agriculture his entire life, Michael Schaeffer saw firsthand the challenges farmers face with labor shortage. Hoping to...

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EDIR assists external stakeholders,  both individuals and companies, in connecting with appropriate university specialists who can offer business and technical assistance, research and development, access to facilities (including the ISU Research Park, laboratories, and equipment), and assistance with workforce development. Learn more >

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 1,700 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.