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Industry Relations

Technical Assistance

Whether your company needs assistance in identifying a problem, solving a problem, or developing the next generation
of products and processes, Iowa State University has resources to assist.

Contact: For assistance in determining the appropriate resource below, please contact: Ron Cox, Director, Center for Industrial Research and Service, 515-294-9592, rcox@iastate.edu or Leonard Bond, Interim Director, Institute for Physical Research and Technology, 515-294-8152, bondlj@iastate.edu.

Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS)

CIRAS (Center for Inhas a mission to improve the quality of life in Iowa by enhancing the performance of business and industry through research, education, and technical assistance.

CIRAS account managers located throughout the state meet with clients to assess their needs and provide links to resources that companies can use to increase their competitiveness. Solutions are offered through a combination of direct assistance from center staff, university faculty, partner organizations and outside consultants. CIRAS staff members have expertise in numerous areas, including: biorenewables, engineering, government procurement, management practices, productivity and quality systems.

In FY08, businesses from 93 Iowa counties received assistance on projects or attended educational workshops from CIRAS staff or partners. Some 667 companies reported $62 million in new investments, $12 million in costs saved or avoided, and $122 million in sales gained or retained ($196 million total). Company executives stated that 2,226 jobs were added or retained as a result of the technical assistance and education they received from CIRAS and its partners. In addition to direct project and workshop assistance to companies, CIRAS staff provided educational information to over 10,000 individuals in FY08.

The center is supported in part by the DoC/NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the DoD/DLA Procurement Technical Assistance Program, the DoC/EDA University Center Program, and the USDA BioPreferred Program.

 

IPRT Company Assistance

The Institute for Physical Research and Technology (IPRT) is a network of scientific research centers conducting cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research in a broad spectrum of areas. Through IPRT Company Assistance, Iowa manufacturers have access to this expertise and facilities through short-term, no-cost technical assistance in materials-related areas and contract research and development for product and process development or improvement.

SBIR/STTR Assistance

Assistance in matching research topics to solicitations, identifying subcontract possibilities, proposal review and submission is available for technology-based businesses working with ISU.

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