Institute for Business and Industry Development


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Technical Information Assistance

Institute for Business and Industry Development (IBID) will make every attempt to locate and provide published scientific and technical information on subjects of your choosing. We will search computerized databases both internal and external to the University System and/or manually search printed materials. If we find either too much or too little information we will contact you, otherwise we will send you a copy of the information we found.

Technical Information Request:

*Carious ASTM Standards

*Food safety information

*Regulatory information

*Locating suppliers

*Toxicity of chemicals used in the workplace (material safety data sheets)

*Metallurgy and applications for various steels

*Preliminary patent searches

*Demographic data

*Traffic volume information

Departments of the College of Engineering and Architecture

IBID helps North Dakota businesses improve their competitiveness by providing technical assistance and information, on a confidential basis, to help resolve specific technical questions or needs that can be addressed through the utilization of student, faculty and laboratory resources. The College of Engineering has been dedicated to providing their students with "real world" experiences. The experiences (Capstone Project) are provided by soliciting projects from existing companies across our state and region. IBID, by brokering the resources of the College of Engineering, can help you with questions in the following areas: Architecture, Electrical, Industrial, Manufacturing, Mechanical

University Programs to Stimulate Industry-University Collaboration

North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) -North Dakota ESPCoR is a North Dakota University System program aimed at building an exemplary research infrastructure, developing human resources and increasing technology transfer from universities to the commercial sector. North Dakota ESPCoR is open to student and faculty at all state university system campuses and Tribally Controlled Community Colleges.

ND EPSCoR supports a three-fold mission 1) To be a driving force in the building of a strong research infrastructure in North Dakota (EPSCoR-sponsored programs in North Dakota); 2) To increase opportunities for students and faculty to develop their research capabilities (Science Outreach and Recruitment Awards) 3) To develop strong linkages with business and industries in North Dakota (Technology Transfer).

Technology Transfer Programs interaction between academic researchers and industry provides benefits to businesses and companies, the economy of the state and nation, and improves academic teaching and learning. In response to recognized state and national needs for improving technology transfer, ND EPSCoR operates three program:
Students in Technology Transfer and Research (STTAR This is a work placement program, matching upper division North Dakota State University System students with the North Dakota firms. The company pays at least half of the student salary.

Faculty in technology Transfer (FITT) The purpose of FITT is to help businesses and companies address problems that require faculty-level expertise in science, engineering, and mathematics.

Phase O Technology Research Into Commercialization (Phase O-TRIC) - The TRIC award is used to obtain data leading to a "proof of concept" that the proposed research had merit for commercialization. Awardees write and submit at least one grant proposal to the federal Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) of Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase 1 grant programs.

Where to get technical training:

The goal of the North Dakota Workforce Training System is to provide business and industry in North Dakota with the most competitive workforce in the nation.


This goal is being met by implementing a model developed by the Task Force on Workforce Development and Training. Development of the model was coordinated by the Greater North Dakota Association using the best practices of Workforce Training Systems. The model has the following characteristics:

*Designated geographic service regions

*Administered by two-year colleges with special units of the colleges specifically designed to meet the workforce training needs of business and industry

*Financial support through a combination of state, local and private sources

*Strong collaborative relationships between institutions providing training and individual businesses being served and among educational institutions and various government agencies involved in workforce training.

North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS)- Wahpeton, ND

The North Dakota workforce training legislation assigned NDSCS the responsibility of working with the businesses and industries in the southeast region to help them address their training needs. The southeast region encompasses 15 counties and spans roughly the area from the South Dakota border north to Mayville, ND and west from Minnesota border to Harvey, ND in the north and Ashley, ND in the south.

NDSCS College Outreach along with the Skills and Technology Training Center, have regional and statewide access to many professional and industry certified trainers, consultants, and equipment. We offer contracted and tailored designed training, workshops, seminars and open enrollment classes to keep developing employees' skills and abilities. Training is provided on-site or at our facilities in the areas of technical training, computers, quality standards and employee development.

Skills and Technology Training Center(STTC)- Fargo, ND
The focus of the STTC is growing primary sector business by increasing worker productivity which elevates personal income and grows our state's economy.

Lake Region College- Devils Lake, ND
The mission of the Workforce Training Unit is to deliver workforce training to the northeast quadrant of North Dakota.

Bismarck State College - Bismarck, ND
We provide on-site staff experts in many fields, or we contract the training specialist that is right for your needs. Our staff work with you to choose the best type of training for your employees. Contracted Services include: Assessment, Intervention & Design, Implementation and follow-up.

Williston State College - Williston, ND
Williston State College was given the responsibility of overseeing the Workforce Training Center for the northwest quadrant, covering McKenzie, Williams, Divide, Burke, Mountrail, Renville, Ward, Bottineau, McHenry and Pierce counties in North Dakota. The Workforce Training Center has employees at Williston State College and Minot, North Dakota to serve business and industry throughout the quadrant.

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