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Center for Applied Research and Economic Development

The Center for Applied Research and Economic Development, a department within the Division of Outreach and Engagement, serves as a “front door” for businesses and organizations that wish to work with the University of Southern Indiana. We mobilize the resources of the University, including its faculty, students, and staff, to help regional businesses and organizations thrive. 




The Center for Applied Research and Economic Development works with businesses and organizations throughout the region to help leverage the intellectual capabilities of the university. We match faculty, staff, and students with regional businesses and organizations to conduct research, consulting, and other applied projects. These projects can range from economic impact studies to new product development. In addition, USI is the University partner for Downtown Evansville's Certified Technology Park, Innovation Pointe. Our purpose is to actively engage faculty, staff, and students in our regional community to share their expertise with businesses and non-profits. This engagement will not only benefit the region, but will also help these individuals in their career development.


The Center can provide assistance in many areas of expertise for your business or organization. Need help on a problem or project? Call our office at 812/461-5407, e-mail us at, or complete our project request form for research, consulting, or student project assistance.

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"Advancing the Regional Community through University Engagement"  The University of Southern Indiana's Division of Outreach and Engagement will participate in the sixth annual Equity and Diversity Conference on Friday, April 15                                  ...more

Indiana OCRA selects USI economists to develop Income Survey Guideline   USI Economics professors Dr. Sudesh Mujumdar and Dr. Curtis Price have completed a revision of the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) Income Survey Guidelines           ...more

USI received conservation award  The University of Southern Indiana received the Urban Conservation Organization Award from the Vanderburgh County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) at its annual dinner meeting               ...more

Hu receives CAR fellowship for cross-cultural branding project  USI's Center for Applied Research (CAR) has awarded Xinran Hu, USI associate professor of graphic design, with the 2011 CAR Faculty Outreach and Engagement Fellowship.                                ...more


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Center for Applied Research and Economic Development
University of Southern Indiana
8600 University Blvd.
Evansville, IN 47712
(812) 461-5442