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Economic Development


Auburn Research is harnessing the power of traditional university discovery to fuel a dynamic marketplace.

We’re convening thinkers and decision-makers to solve real-world problems. And we’re producing the tailored workforce that will build, run and work in Alabama’s innovation economy.

Impact Metrics

Impact Metrics

Want proof that what we’re doing works? Numbers don’t lie. Take a look at the data here for a clear picture of our research, our partnerships and our outcomes. See for yourself how Auburn Research is impacting economic development in our region, our state and beyond…and how our influence is growing.

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  • Economic Impact
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  • Commercialization Metrics

    Option and license income surged by 35 percent over the past year, demonstrating Auburn’s growing strength in technology transfer to fuel economic development.

    List number of inventions, patents, and licenses.



We’re ready to partner with you in driving innovation. Our researchers develop intellectual property that can be transferred to the marketplace. You can contract with our experts to conduct research, collect data, or test products. We can provide the knowledge-based workforce you need and the research park or incubator site that will accelerate success.

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  • Office of Innovation Advancement and Commercialization

    Office of Innovation Advancement and Commercialization

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    Auburn University is home to brilliant researchers who make discoveries and develop new ideas that can change our world. The key is moving those innovations out of campus labs and into the marketplace, where they can spur economic development and improve our quality of life. Auburn’s Office of Innovation Advancement and Commercialization is the link between ideas and the marketplace.

    We help connect faculty, students and staff who have made discoveries to outside partners who can commercialize that intellectual property. Both sides of the partnership win…and so does Alabama’s economy.

  • Sponsored Programs

    Sponsored Programs

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    Wish you had the infrastructure to tackle your next challenge? You do…through Auburn Research. We have the expert researchers and state-of-the-art technology to solve your business or organization’s most pressing problems or take your success to the next level. You tell us what you need and contract with us to do the work. When we’re done, we’ll report back with the critical information you need. We can:

    • Collect data
    • Conduct research
    • Test products
    • Solve technology problems
  • Workforce Development

    Workforce Development

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    People are the driving force behind Alabama’s economic development…and your organization’s success. Auburn University provides the real-world education our students need to graduate ready to contribute meaningfully to the region’s knowledge-based economy from Day 1. We can even add elements to a program’s curriculum to ensure a ready pool of employees who have the exact knowledge and skills you need. And we can connect you with the interns and graduates you’re looking for.

    Partner with us to advance the effectiveness of the workforce you already have. Your employees can stay on the job while earning an MBA through the Harbert College of Business Executive MBA program. They can earn graduate certificates or online professional development certificates. We also can work with you to develop and deploy programs (at your site or ours) that deliver exactly the training you want.

  • ARTF/Research Park

    ARTF/Research Park

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    The Auburn Research and Technology Foundation translates Auburn University research into new ventures, nurtures those ventures and provides an entrepreneurial environment where those businesses—and yours—can prosper. We foster public-private partnerships that use vast university resources to advance economic development throughout the region, and beyond.

    ARTF operates two environments for business success:

    • Auburn Research Park is a 156-acre, mixed-use entrepreneurial research and business campus focusing on technology/knowledge-based businesses, research centers and university research facilities. The park is a partnership between the State of Alabama, City of Auburn and Auburn University.
    • Auburn Business Incubator is designed to help launch, nurture and accelerate the development of entrepreneurial companies by providing them with the expertise, networks and services they need to succeed. The incubator is located in Building 570 in the Auburn Research Park.



How can we help you connect with Auburn Research? Please tell us what you need—an introduction to a particular researcher, a campus visit, product testing, employee training programs, access to intellectual property for development, etc. We can connect you with existing programs or put together a custom package. Whether your interest is in making a gift to support Auburn Research or in finding world class expertise, we want to work together for the long-term benefit of your organization and Alabama’s economy.

This is discovery. This is vision. This is the path to solutions. This is Auburn Research.