The NDSU Center of Excellence for Surface Protection (CSP) performs economically significant and market-driven research and development with federal, state and private sector partners and collaborators.
CSP is funded in part as a State of North Dakota Economic Development Center of Excellence. Such centers are intended to partner with private companies to conduct research that can enhance their businesses, thereby stimulating economic development and promoting job creation in the state. The program requires $2 of private sector matching funds for every $1 of state funding provided to perform research for a given private sector partner.
The Center for Surface Protection has several focal areas of expertise and capabilities:
CSP is located at the northwest portion of the North Dakota State University campus. CSP—Soft Coatings is located in the Research 1 building in the NDSU Research and Technology Park. Research 1 also hosts the NDSU Coatings and Polymeric Materials Department (CPM), from which the Center draws expertise and equipment. The CSP—Hard Coatings is currently located in the Research 2 building, also known as NDSU's Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE). CSP—Soft Coatings and CSP—Hard Coatings both leverage expertise and capabilities from CNSE, as well as capabilities of other departments, colleges and centers at NDSU.
CSP staff capabilities include coatings, corrosion and surface protection. In addition, the Center can facilitate research projects with units across campus, leveraging a wide range of expertise that spans a broad range of disciplines.