By partnering with external agencies and thought leaders, the EDIR staff is able to assist members of industry in leveraging subject-matter experts and trusted third-party findings in their own scientific and commercial pursuits. In central Iowa alone, Iowa State University shares a close, strategic partnership with these agencies and organizations:
- USDA Animal Disease Center: The largest federal animal disease center in the U.S. conducting research to solve animal health and food safety problems faced by livestock producers and the public.
- BioCentury Research Farm: An integrated biomass production, processing and utilization facility to research sustainable production, harvesting, transportation and storage of biomass to be used for biofuels and bioproducts.
- Institute for Transportation (InTrans): InTrans performs transportation research for public and private agencies and companies; manages its own education program for transportation students; and conducts local, regional and national transportation services and continuing education programs.
- Ames Lab: Research facility of the U.S. Department of Energy run by Iowa State University. The Ames Laboratory seeks solutions to energy-related problems through the exploration of chemical, engineering, materials, mathematical and physical sciences.
- Iowa’s Cultivation Corridor is an economic development partnership focused on growing Central Iowa’s dominant agbioscience and ag technology economic and research clusters. With strategic partners including Iowa State University, the State of Iowa, local and regional economic development organizations and the private sector to advance agbio and agtech investment, talent and research capabilities in a region which includes the Des Moines and Ames metro areas, the Cultivation Corridor helps companies and talent locate and prosper in Central Iowa.