Connecting Industry Leaders With University Resources

Welcome to the EDIR office

To assist external stakeholders in accessing the unique capabilities and services of Iowa State University, the Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations (EDIR) was formed in 2014. EDIR provides a single point of contact or “one-stop shop” to streamline the process of making connections between industry and the university.

Helping Industry Leaders Meet Strategic Aims

To assist external stakeholders in accessing the unique capabilities and services of Iowa State University, the Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations (EDIR) was formed in 2014. EDIR provides a single point of contact or “one-stop shop” to streamline...

Vision Leads to Worldwide Success

In the heart of the heartland, Harris Vaccines is making breakthroughs that have the potential to revolutionize the care of livestock around the world. That’s because Harris vaccines has introduced a new age approach to the development of vaccines that has turned...

ISU Startup Factory announces second cohort application deadline

By Travis Charlson, Iowa State Daily Iowa State's Economic Development and Industry Relations (EDIR) looks to continue supporting Iowan entrepreneurs, announcing recently that it will accept applications for the next ISU StartUp Factory cohort. The cohort, which will...

All Positives As Pella Establishes Presence in Park

With the help of a long-time neighbor, one of the leading manufacturers of windows and doors is making its mark in the Iowa State University Research Park. Pella Corp., which is headquartered in the central Iowa town that shares its name and a neighbor to fellow ISURP...

Opening the Doors to Excellence at Iowa State University

EDIR is your partner in navigating the boundless resources available to industry leaders

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Inspiring Advancements

Establishing Identity

Equipment and Spaces

About Us

The Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations (EDIR) assists external stakeholders in accessing the unique capabilities and services of Iowa State University. EDIR is a single point of contact to streamline the process of making connections between industry and the university.

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Our Services

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) works to build healthy communities in Iowa through business prosperity.

America’s SBDC

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.

ISURF & OIPTT

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.