As one of the leading research universities in the country, Mississippi State provides faculty and staff working with external funding sponsors a wide range of resources and tools, including the ASSURE Research & Development Corporation (ARDC). ARDC is focused on protecting university personnel and other assets as the university works to support and grow its overall research enterprise.
The Mississippi State University ASSURE Research & Development Corporation (ARDC) is a University formed research corporation organized to promote, develop and administer opportunities arising from research or technological innovations of a scientific or educational nature, and to promote economic development.
The purposes of the organization are:
Currently, ARDC administers industry contracts to support MSU's research enterprise, including the FAA Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ASSURE). ARDC also supports the university's industry research efforts by providing contract administration for select research activities with unique contractual challenges.