Iowa State University's (ISU) Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS)

CIRAS has worked since 1963 to make Iowa communities better by improving their businesses. We use a vast network to deliver proven, tailored services.


Since 1963, we have delivered proven services to enhance the performance of industry. Our approach, Engage. Educate. Embed., creates a specific solution that allows each business, along with its community, to prosper and grow. Coupled with a satisfaction guarantee, our typical client has achieved a 200% return on investment.

A vast network of university and industry experts brings years of professional experience to CIRAS, making us a leading integrator of solutions in Iowa. Clients have reported an economic impact of more than $2 billion over the past five years.


Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting, Development and Review
  • Business Plan Training
  • Census Data
  • Feasibility Studies
  • International Market Research
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research
  • Research Training


  • Targeted Small Business Certification

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Forecasting

Export Assistance

  • Marketing
  • Networking

Human Resources

  • Employee Development

Import Assistance

  • Documentation
  • Identification of Foreign Markets
  • Import Licensing
  • Marketing
  • Networking

Internship Programs & Student Services

  • Internship Programs
  • Student Research Projects

Legal Services

  • Contract Review
  • Government Compliance Assistance

Management Issues and Training

  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Mentoring

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • High Tech Development
  • Manufacturing Development


  • Competitive Analysis
  • Identification of Foreign Markets
  • Internet Marketing
  • Research (Domestic Markets)

Networking Organizations

  • Demographically Based
  • Geographically Based
  • Industry Specific
  • Small Business/General

Nonprofit Development

  • Strategic Planning
  • Technical Services

Product Development

  • Product Design & Development
  • Prototype Development

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • Business Issues Related to a Specific City
  • Contractors Issues
  • Energy Issues
  • Federal Business Issues
  • International Procurement
  • Issues of the African American Business Community
  • Issues of the Hispanic Business Community
  • Issues Related to the Geographic Location of a Business
  • Small Business Issues
  • State Business Issues
  • Women's Business Issues

Regulatory Compliance

  • Advising
  • Government Requirements
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Bid Matching and Preparation
  • Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
  • Government & Military Specifications
  • HUB Zone Certification
  • Obtaining Corporate Contracts
  • Obtaining Government Contracts
  • Price History
  • Registration Assistance
  • Selling to Foreign Governments & Businesses
  • Subcontracting Opportunities
  • Training
  • Women, Minority & Business Disadvantaged Certification

Starting a Business

  • Feasibility Studies

Technical Assistance

  • Commercialization
  • Industrial Technology Research
  • Technical Support
  • Technology Transfer
  • Training
  • Website Development


  • Business Management
  • E-Commerce: Doing Business on the Web
  • Health & Safety
  • International Trade
  • Marketing Plan
Primary ContactJeff Eckhoff
Address1805 Collaboration Place
Suite 2300
Ankeny, IA 50021
Phone(515) 231-7826