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Mission Statement

The Center for Applied Research mobilizes the resources of the University to serve community organizations and businesses in southwestern Indiana conducting high impact applied research, consulting, and student engagement.

Goals and Key Strategies

Identify high impact projects throughout the region
        Visit high impact companies in the region each year
    Meet with regional economic development entities
    Host regional technical "high intellect" roundtables
Bring together healthcare industry leaders and employers

Engage many more faculty in applied research and consulting projects
    Interview and inventory faculty for research and consulting expertise
        Conduct annual "Day on the Bus" to engage faculty with regional industries
        Implement "Consulting Skills Workshop" for faculty and staff
        Conduct "Meet the Faculty" forums with industry and organizations
        Attract funding for applied research and consulting projects in high impact but
           difficult to fund settings.    

Engage many more students in internships, coops, and projects
      Close the loop on coop and internship tracking processes
        Conduct annual Fall internship and coop events
        Conduct a "Call for Projects" from small businesses, incubator, and nonprofits
           to serve as classroom and capstone projects with Service Awards for best    

Support the startup of the Downtown Evansville Certified Technology Park, Innovation Pointe
     Support the Director of Entrepreneurship, Education and Training in developing
           new programs at Innovation Pointe
        Identify coops, internships, faculty, and student projects with Innovation Pointe
        Develop a regional Business Plan Competition to identify potential high growth    
           start-up companies

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