Applied Faculty Research

Team up with a USD School of Business professor to launch your business to new heights.

Is your business eager to identify new markets? Optimize your supply chain? Reduce costs? The Applied Faculty Research program is an opportunity to partner with a University of San Diego School of Business professor to solve a current organizational challenge for your business. Through the generosity of John and Carolyn Ahlers, the Center's endowment will fund projects that bolster our regional economy and foster equitable growth in our bi-national region.

Our professors are experts in the areas of international market research, trade advisory, supply chain management, economic analysis and business analytics. Instead of enlisting the services of a costly third-party consulting firm, join the Applied Faculty Research program at no cost to leverage the expertise of our professors to solve pressing business challenges and gain new insights — including increasing revenue, reducing costs, creating more efficient processes, collecting better data and more.

Ready to learn more? Take just a few moments to complete this survey. We welcome all applications and especially encourage businesses that are minority, woman and/or veteran-owned to apply. You must complete this survey by June 1, 2021 to be considered for our inaugural portfolio of projects.

How It Works:

  • Identify a current business challenge you would like to solve. 
  • Complete this survey to apply to participate in the Applied Faculty Research program.
  • If selected, the Ahlers Center will discuss your project in greater detail including scope, resources, deliverables and a timeline
  • The Ahlers Center will match your business with a professor who expertise best aligns with your project.

Everything You Need to Know:

  • Is my business eligible?
  • Is the program free?
  • Which professor will I be partnered with?
  • How long will my project take?
  • Who can I contact for more information?