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Back to School: Iowa’s public universities are research powerhouses

August 23, 2016

Back to School: Iowa’s public universities are research powerhouses

Fall classes begin this week, bringing around 80,000 undergrad, graduate and professional students to Iowa’s three public universities: Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa. That’s 80,000 skilled workers right here in Iowa.

Iowa’s public universities are also major research institutions. Together they invest more than $774 million in research annually. Iowa is one of just seven states (and one of three in the Midwest) with multiple public universities that are members of the Association of American Universities (AAU).

The AAU is an association of 62 universities in the U.S. and Canada whose members are the top research institutions in both countries. Our universities’ excellence in research leads to the creation of innovative new businesses and offers the potential for public/private partnerships.

The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) can assist companies that want to partner with Iowa’s public universities on research. Let IEDA help your company make use of public research infrastructure or commercialize technology developed at Iowa’s public universities. To learn more, contact IEDA at



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