External stakeholders are frequently not aware of the university’s capabilities nor do they know how to access them. EDIR provides that single point of contact or one-stop shop to make it easier to connect with and work with the university.
EDIR connects companies and individuals with university capabilities and expertise in business and technical assistance, research and development, facilities (including the ISU Research Park, laboratories, and equipment), and workforce development. Whatever your needs are, we are here to help you address them.
Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS)
The Center for Industrial Research and Service, CIRAS, is part of the College of Engineering and the Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations at Iowa State University. Since 1963 CIRAS has been partnering with Iowa companies and communities to help them prosper and grow. Last year companies that worked with CIRAS reported $414 million in impact—new investments, higher sales, and lower costs. Healthy communities through business prosperity: that’s the CIRAS vision for Iowa.
CIRAS provides a wide array of customizable services that are rooted in applied research and established best practices. These services include Emergency Management, Engineering, Government Contracting, Industrial Research, Innovation, Management Practices, Productivity, Quality Management, Supply Chain Management, Sustainability, and much more.Visit Unit Page
ISU Research Foundation and Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer
Iowa State University received its first patent in 1926. In 1938, Iowa State University established the Iowa State University Research Foundation, Inc. (ISURF), a non-profit entity to manage the protection and commercialization of its research results. Iowa State University was among the first institutions to create such a type of non-profit organization. Through collaborative efforts with industry, ISURF enters into license agreements granting industry rights to utilize protected research results.
Today ISURF works closely with Iowa State University’s Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer (OIPTT). Together they protect research results and work with companies to transfer these results for the use and benefit of society. This process, commonly called technology transfer, lies at the core of Iowa State University’s land-grant mission.Visit Unit Page
Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship
The ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship is part of the College of Business and the Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations. It serves as a gateway that works in two directions. In one direction, ISU faculty, researchers, and students become connected to the entrepreneurial world. In the other, Iowa’s business and entrepreneurial community gain access to an array of resources and information within Iowa State University.
Located in Iowa State University’s Research Park, the Pappajohn Center is the catalyst that brings together the people and ideas necessary for launching or growing successful enterprises. Whether the undertaking is a student initiated enterprise, a new small business, a high technology start-up, or a corporate spin-off, the Pappajohn Center provides assistance and resources toward individual elements of the development process or to the entire launch of the new venture.Visit Unit Page
Small Business Development Centers
Established in 1981, the Iowa Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) is part of the College of Business and the Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations. SBDC provides free, confidential, customized business advice in all 99 Iowa counties to businesses with 500 employees or less. SBDC also presents affordable workshops that teach practical skills and techniques, conduct research, provide comprehensive information services, and offer access to subject matter experts in a variety of fields.
With 15 regional centers located across the state, SBDC offers business counseling and training focused on specific business needs including, but not limited to: New Business Guidance, Business Planning and Modeling, Loan Proposal Assistance, Financing Opportunities, Market Planning and Strategy, Market Research Services, Export Assistance, Cash Flow Projections, Business Succession Strategies, Human Resource Management, Business Growth Strategies, and much more.Visit Unit Page
A Summary of FY2015 Economic Development Performance