Center for Applied Research serves as a
“front door” to the University. Companies, organizations, and
non-profits are invited to contact us for help in projects ranging from
a market research project to noise reduction research. We can also help
connect you with our student interns and coops through USI’s
Here is how it
Call, e-mail, or
project request form.
We will then set up an appointment to
meet with you to understand your problem or opportunity, assess to what extent the University may
have resources to help, and discuss key expectations of the project.
We call this the Exploratory Meeting.
- Once a project is
identified, we will work within the University to identify the
faculty member or team to work on your project. We ensure the individual(s) has the necessary expertise, time, availability, and
support from their department to respond to your need. In the case
we cannot find available internal assistance, we will refer you to
others who may be able to meet your need.
- Next the faculty
member and the Center for Applied Research director meet with you to Scope the Project,
ensuring the faculty member is clear on the organization’s
expectations and the organization is clear on the
faculty member’s scope of work. As a result of this meeting
the Center for Applied Research
creates a Proposal document, which is issued to the client
organization for their approval.
These steps can occur in
as little as a week or may be spread over time as the project is
developed. We work collaboratively with other universities, economic
development organizations, and external consultants to put the “right
team together” to help solve the problems of regional organizations
leveraging the intellectual capabilities of the University.
Elissa I. Bakke
Director, Center for Applied Research
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