Center For Industrial Research And Service (Ciras)

The Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) serves Iowa companies in five main areas: Growth, Leadership, Productivity, Technology, and Workforce. Our projects with companies have generated an economic impact of more than $2.5 billion over the past five years.

CIRAS aims to improve the profitability of business through:

Our customizable services are rooted in applied research and established best practices.

Our approach ensures we deliver a service that is specific to your business. We focus on making the improvement stick and support you even after a project ends.

Our commitment to permanent improvement is backed by a satisfaction guarantee. A typical client achieves a 200% ROI — $2 return for every $1 invested.

Over the past five years, CIRAS and its partners have reported impact from companies totaling more than $2.5 billion (sales gained or retained $2.1 billion, new investments $0.3 billion, costs saved or avoided $0.1 billion) and nearly 26,000 jobs created or retained as a result of the assistance they received.

Our partnerships stretch across ISU and beyond. Relationships with public and private experts enable us to deliver a solution that meets your needs.

In 2018 alone, more than 1,700 businesses from 96 Iowa counties received assistance on projects or attended educational workshops from CIRAS staff or partners. Companies responding to surveys reported a total economic impact of $419 million.

Healthy communities through business prosperity…that’s the CIRAS vision for Iowa.

For more information, visit our website.