University Economic Development Association

IEP Universities

Engaging in Economics

The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities established the established the Innovation and Economic Prosperity (IEP) Universities program to recognize institutions that are exemplary in their contributions to regional economic development through their work in economic engagement.

IEP universities are considered for special opportunities and events including national and international speaking engagements, tours of federal agencies/national organizations, and other initiatives undertaken by APLU and partner organizations to advance and elevate the profile higher education economic engagement. Also, designated institutions continue to learn and benefit from the program through the IEP Learning Exchange.

UEDA’s Role Benefits Our Members

There are currently more than 50 IEP-designated institutions [LINK TO LIST], and thanks to the partnership between APLU and UEDA, all UEDA member campuses who are not members of APLU are now able to participate in the IEP Universities Program. Through UEDA+, all institutions of higher education ranging from private research universities to community colleges are eligible to pursue the IEP Universities Designation and engage with the IEP university community.

2019 Deadlines for IEP Consideration

Fall Deadline: Thursday, October 31, 2019

Deadline for letter of intent. A template is available and must be received to UEDA’s attention along with your IEP Contact Sheet. Following receipt of the letter, UEDA will execute a participation agreement and invoice.

Deadline for signed contract and payment to be received by UEDA is 30 days from receipt of the letter of intent.


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University Economic Development Association

PO Box 97930
Pittsburgh, PA 15227
216.200.UEDA (8332)