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The Center for Applied Research (CAR) helps to connect you to university resources. Having access to 600 faculty members, 4 colleges and 70 academic programs, CAR enables you to utilize university knowledge, laboratory space and equipment to advance your business. 
CAR is committed to helping individuals, organizations and communities become more successful and can assist with product development, market research, organizational strategies, environmental studies and more.

How your business can benefit from CAR and its services: 

  • CAR is a cost-efficient solution, especially for small to mid-size businesses without access to in-house resources
  • Access to equipment and laboratory space
  •  Receive mentoring and expert advice to help develop and expand your business and initiatives
  • CAR can affordably aid in prototyping, product testing, market research, economic impact studies and more!

Does your organization have a challenge, a question, or a new product idea? Contact Steven Stump at 812-228-5094 or

The relationship with USI got us exactly what we needed. We are a small company. We cannot afford the type of lab we need to do these experiments. USI was the perfect venue. It couldn’t have been better for us.”

Mike Schiele, chief executive officer and chair of the board of Vigo Coal Company
and chair of its related company Carbo Prill

How can we help?

Department Contact:
Steven Stump
Assistant Director, Center for Applied Research


Office Location:
University Center East, Rm. 2258