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Q&A with outgoing Economic Development and Industry Relations vice president

Professor Michael (Mike) Crum to return to Ivy College of Business supply chain faculty after serving five years as vice president for economic development and business engagement Mike Crum, who for the last five years has led the Office of Economic Development and...

KinoSol is sending 1,000 food dehydrators to Africa

June 13, 2018 | Contact: Rebecca Lyons at AMES, Iowa (June 13, 2018) -- KinoSol, with the support of those possessing a drive to increase food security, is equipping people in eastern Africa with solar-powered food dehydrators. From June 1...

John Deere invests in new test lab at Iowa State University

The following press release was originally posted on April 25, 2018 via Deere & Company. MOLINE, Illinois (April 25, 2018) – Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) plans to construct a new 33,000-square-foot facility at the Iowa State University (ISU) Research Park as a design...

OIPTT sets the bar

The Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer's (OIPTT) Industry Contracts Team announced that it has negotiated industry and commodity-funded research awards totaling $13M through the first six months of Fiscal Year 2018. This total represents a 54%...

New CIRAS Funding ‘Embeds’ Iowa Manufacturers in Major Industrial Research

The following article was originally posted on December 14, 2017 via CIRAS Newswire. AMES, IA – Iowa manufacturers now have improved access to future advancements in chemical and biochemical manufacturing because of a new grant awarded to Iowa State University’s...

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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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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 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.