How to enhance capabilities of new Research and Demonstration Complex

Posted Dec 05 2023
construction of a research facility at central state university with a CSU water tower in the background

Join Central State University through sponsorship in research

Exciting developments are unfolding in the heart of Ohio. Central State University, a prestigious 1890 Land-Grant Institution, is making significant strides in agricultural research and extension services. 

Central State is more than just a teaching institution; it is a hub of innovation and progress, paving the way for advancements in food and agriculture. The University's pioneering research is influencing the local community and making a substantial impact nationwide and worldwide.

From the rich farmlands of Ohio to the vibrant global markets, CSU's work is shaping the future of agriculture. CSU’s Extension services are reaching out to a diverse range of stakeholders, sharing knowledge, promoting, and building more vibrant communities across the state.  

The mission of Central State University’s Land-Grant Programs is to engage communities and transform lives. This is accomplished through teaching, research, and extension.

In collaboration with the CSU Land-Grant Program, the newly created Research and Economic Development Division seeks to accomplish its mission by establishing a Research and Demonstration Complex with two new buildings scheduled for completion by 2025. 

Beginning with a farm storage facility (2024) and a state-of-the-art, 40,000-square-foot facility (2025), Central State University is ready to advance research capabilities and address critical issues that require scientific innovation. The $40 million research building will house several labs, including precision agriculture, food and safety, molecular biology and tissue culture, and soil and water research testing labs. 

“Extending beyond the borders of Ohio to make long-term positive impacts on the world has always been the goal of our research at Central State,” said Dr. Morakinyo Kuti, Ph.D., vice president of Research and Economic Development and 1890 Land-Grant Programs director. “Collaborating with stakeholders has always been a crucial part of that plan. The Research and Demonstration Complex will provide new opportunities for public and private entities to join us in advancing the mission, enhancing research, and expanding teaching and extension opportunities, improving our communities and our world.” 

Be part of our transformative journey

Central State University is inviting you to be a part of our transformative journey in research, agricultural technology, and community engagement.

We are making strides in innovation, and we want you to join us! There are five fantastic ways you can partner with us:

  1. Directly sponsor an individual research project.
  2. Invest in our student pipeline and training opportunities, typically through scholarships and internship support.
  3. Serve as a laboratory sponsor.
  4. Take advantage of our many naming opportunities.
  5. Consider making our 40,000-square-foot state-of-the-art Research and Demonstration Complex the home of your research and development department.

This is a golden opportunity to be part of something bigger, to contribute to the advancement of research and technology, and to make a real difference in our community.

To schedule your meeting to learn more about how to support research at Central State University, contact Tiffiney Gray, vice president of Institutional Advancement, at 937-376-6080 or

'Planet Superheroes' lead the way

Central State proudly achieved its 1890 Land-Grant University status in 2014. For nearly a decade, Central State has been involved in research projects that have positively impacted the world.

From investigating corn that could aid diabetics to exploring ways to save bees — our "Planet Superheroes," a unique distinction among our researchers — are diligently working to build a healthier, more sustainable planet. 

“But we can do even more,” Morakinyo Kuti said. “In 2024, we will commemorate our 10th anniversary as an 1890 Land-Grant Institution, and part of that celebration involves showcasing our impact locally, statewide, and globally, and seeking private backing to help us extend the reach of our mission.

“By inviting corporations, businesses, and individuals to join us, we’re also asking them to become 'Planet Superheroes.'” 

Central State University offers several avenues for corporations, public entities, foundations, businesses, and individuals to support its innovative programs, including: 

  • Unrestricted financial contributions 
  • Grants 
  • Naming opportunities 
  • Strategic partnerships 
  • Scholarships and internships  

Interim President Alex Johnson, Ph.D., said there are many ways to support Central State. Companies can choose to partner in more than one way. “We welcome the chance to sit down and strategize together.”

To learn more, check out the HBCU Showcase Webinar: Investing in Central State University's Research Mission.

Other resources

Agricultural Research and Development Programs at Central State University

Central State University Extension Overview

Central State University Land-Grant Overview

Research and Demonstration Complex Renderings

For more information, contact Tiffiney Gray, vice president of Institutional Advancement, at 937-376-6080 or