Research and Research Parks

Virtually all of Alabama’s institutions of higher education are actively engaged in basic as well as applied research in one of the many disciplines housed on their campuses. Faculty from the world over are globally engaged with their colleagues in Alabama. In 2014 Alabama received over US$3,557,000,000 in research funding via university, industry and governmental sources.

Connecting Research Initiatives in Alabama – “Accelerate Alabama”: Alabama Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (ALEPSCoR) program is dedicated to the advancement of economic development via scientific and engineering research through a collaborative effort among the State’s research universities. The focus of activities is designed to attract and retain distinguished scientists and researchers for Alabama; to develop new cutting-edge technologies and high-tech industry; and to stimulate state competitiveness in medicine, biotechnology, engineering, and other applied sciences.

Connecting economic development with research: Economic Development Partnership of Alabama (EDPA) is a nonprofit organization funded by more than 60 leading Alabama companies that are committed to enhancing economic development in the state. The strength of our private sector support enables us to increase our effectiveness as we work to spur job growth throughout Alabama and across significant sectors in our diverse economy.

Research Parks and Groups in Alabama – connecting university research globally and locally:

  • Auburn University Research Park  supported by the Auburn Research and Technology Foundation (ARTF). The park is an entrepreneurial ecosystem combining a business and research environment that fosters creativity and innovation, embraces collaboration, and promotes a partnership.  Location: 570 Devall Drive, Suite 101, Auburn, AL 36832.  The Auburn University Huntsville Research Center was established in 2010 to connect Auburn University’s premier research capabilities with the needs of Huntsville’s government agencies and industries.  Location: 530 Discovery Drive, Huntsville, AL 35806
  • Alabama Industrial Development Training (AIDT)  AIDT, an independent agency under the supervision and oversight of the Secretary of Commerce, encourages economic development through job-specific training. Training services are offered in many areas, at no cost, to new and expanding businesses throughout the State. Location: One Technology Court
    Montgomery, Alabama 36116-320
  • Alabama Industrial Development Training Alabama Robotics Technology Park is a collaboration between the State of Alabama, Calhoun Community College, and AIDT.  The Robotics Technology Park’s mission is to provide a technically trained, highly skilled, and educated workforce for automation and robotics, to assist public and private entities in developing new robotics systems and technologies, and to promote the creation, growth, or expansion of companies through innovative technology solutions.  Location: 6505 U.S. Hwy 31, Tanner, AL 35671
  • Cummings Research Park – associated with the University of Alabama Huntsville. Cummings Research Park is the second largest research park in the country and the fourth largest in the world. It is one of the world’s leading science and technology business parks, with a mixture of Fortune 500 companies, local and international high-tech enterprises, U.S. space and defense agencies, thriving business incubators and competitive higher-education institutions. Park Location: 225 Church Street NW
    Huntsville, Alabama 35801
    CRP is the home of nearly 300 companies, more than 26,000 employees and 12,500 students.
  • HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology.  (501(c)3) The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology has a four-fold mission of conducting genomics-based research to improve human health and well being; implementing genomic medicine, sparking economic development; and providing educational outreach to nurture the next generation of biotech researchers and entrepreneurs, as well as to create a biotech literate public. Located in the Cummigns Research Park: 601 Genome Way, Huntsville, AL 35806 USA
  • International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) (501(c)3) – IFDC originated as a private, nonprofit corporation under the laws of the State of Alabama, United States.  IFDC opened its headquarters in Muscle Shoals, Alabama on the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Reservation in 1976.  In March 1977, IFDC qualified as a Public International Organization by Presidential Decree 11977. IFDC received widespread support, cooperation and backing from the global community for which it was created and continues to thrive upon its successes. Division offices opened in Lomé, Togo in 1987 and Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1992. Today, IFDC operates four divisions in over 20 countries.  Location: P.O. Box 2040, Muscle Shoals, Alabama 35662 U.S.A.
  • Southern Research Institute – an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, scientific research organization with more than 400 scientists and engineers working across four divisions: Drug Discovery, Drug Development, Engineering, and Energy & Environment. Location: 2000 Ninth Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205
  • University of Alabama Birmingham Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.  The Bill L. Harbert Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship fosters an entrepreneurial community and innovative ecosystem at UAB and provides the infrastructure required for students, staff, and faculty to commercialize innovation on campus, within the region, and beyond.  Location: 710 13th Street South, 120 Collat School Of Business, Birmingham, AL 35233
  • University of South Alabama Technology and Research Park.  The Park also serves to encourage the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation through its on site business incubator, the Coastal Innovation Hub. The Hub a joint project between the University of South Alabama’s Melton Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and USA’s Office of Research and Economic Development specializing.  Location: 775 N. University Blvd, Suite 150, Mobile, AL 36608