Applied Research at Jefferson


Applied Research is a form of systematic inquiry involving the practical integration and application of accumulated theory, knowledge and technology toward a targeted purpose. This includes transdisciplinary combinations of theories, methodologies and epistemologies taken from the humanities, social science, natural science, engineering, fine art, design, business, and many other disciplines. Applied research often focuses on the application and integration of existing theory, knowledge and technology. Applied Research addresses normative ethical and social questions about how we ought to change our world or solve specific problems.  It develops technologies or techniques to alter natural or man-made phenomena to solve specific problems.

Ron Kander, PhD, Associate Provost for Applied Research & Dean, Kanbar College of Design, Engineering & Commerce

Message from the Associate Provost

The new Jefferson is a professional university that is dedicated to a collaborative, transdisciplinary and interprofessional approach to learning and research that offers a vibrant and expandable platform for higher education. 

The Jefferson research mission is to advance our current understanding and knowledge in order to improve lives, reimagine discovery, and create value for all who participate in research activities.  Jefferson will achieve this mission by creating an environment that nurtures and supports all research stakeholders and promotes an inclusive culture of innovation and scholarship. We commit to identifying and supporting the discovery, application and integration of knowledge with the highest levels of integrity and accountability.

As Associate Provost for Applied Research I look forward to working with our faculty, staff and students to develop programs and services that support our applied research community as they pursue scholarship in a wide range of disciplinary and transdisciplinary research domains. 

Ronald G. Kander, PhD
Associate Provost for Applied Research
Dean, Kanbar College of Design, Engineering & Commerce

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Some Current Industry Partners/Affiliations

  • Ecofibre
  • Tenneco
  • Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA)
  • National Institute of Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRIT)
  • Georgia Pacific
  • Sunbrella
  • Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)


Jefferson houses a variety of shared capabilities for its faculty, staff, and students. These capabilities include broad laboratory/studio capabilities, product development, data development analysis, and the Lab for Urban & Social Innovation. 


Applied Research Playbook

This playbook is meant as a guide to lead researches at Jefferson University through the administrative processes of on-campus research. This playbook outlines necessary steps and services available to make a wide variety of projects ranging a weekend sprint project to a year of deep study possible here at Jefferson.

This playbook has been divided into four stages of the project lifecycle: initiation, planning, execution, and close out. Please consult the Office of Applied Research at for immediate questions or concerns. You may also access additional information in our MyJeffHub community, Applied Research


Jefferson Resources for Faculty

Various resources are available for faculty including the Applied Research Office, RACE representatives on campus, and Hanover prospect reports. 

For Students

Student Opportunities

Students who are interested in research can visit the Applied Research Office or look at the student opportunities being offered by faculty here.


To find out how to get involved, please contact:

Ronald G. Kander, PhD 
Associate Provost for Applied Research
Dean, Kanbar College of Design, Engineering & Commerce

Andrea Echeverri Amaya
Applied Research Operations Manager