The University of Oklahoma Center for Applied Research and Development (CARD) was created to pursue new R&D opportunities that complement the existing OU Norman campus strengths in basic research and outreach via the addition of an organization that focuses on applied research and development across all disciplines.

CARD is an administrative framework that enables industry partners and federal and state mission agencies to collaborate with the university on projects that fall within the applied versus basic research and development framework. CARD augments academic research capabilities with a staff of non-faculty researchers and professionals across multiple disciplines.