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ISU receives national recognition for supporting innovation, entrepreneurship across Iowa

AMES, Iowa — As businesses closed their doors at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, having a user-friendly, professional online presence became a lifeline for many to stay afloat. America’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Iowa, which is located in Iowa...

2021 IEP Place Finalist Spotlight: Iowa State University

By: David Spalding Raisbeck Endowed Dean, Ivy College of Business Interim Vice President for Economic Development and Industry Engagement   Through innovative research, extension and outreach, and economic development programs, Iowa State University of Science...

APLU Names Six Public Universities as Finalists for 2021 Innovation & Economic Prosperity Universities Awards

Washington, D.C.— The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today named six universities as finalists for its ninth annual Innovation & Economic Prosperity (IEP) University Awards. The winners will be announced during the association’s...

Iowa State Economic Development and Industry Relations Announces Patrick Klepcyk as the Director, Office of Innovation Commercialization and President, Iowa State Research Foundation

Iowa State University Office of Economic Development and
Industry Relations today announced Patrick Klepcyk as the Director, Office of Innovation
Commercialization (OIC) and President of the Iowa State Research Foundation (ISURF). Klepcyk
was hired following a national search, and replaces interim director Dana Rewoldt who has been
the interim director role since August, 2019.

Regents Innovation Fund Proposals

Request for Proposals: RIF RFP FY21-22 The Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations (EDIR) is now accepting applications for FY22 Regents Innovation Fund (RIF) proposals. FY22 RIF Phase I and Phase II Proposals EDIR is now accepting applications for...

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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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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) serves Iowa companies in five main areas: Growth, Leadership, Productivity, Technology, and Workforce. Over the past five years, CIRAS’ work with Iowa businesses has generated an economic impact of more than $2.5 billion. 

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 2,250 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.