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Membership Information

Center Membership Policy

The primary objective is the creation of a multi-tiered membership structure that meets the I/UCRC program objective to provide the greatest flexibility to recruit new Center Members from both large and small organizations.

Eligibility - Membership is limited to firms that have significant R&D, business or manufacturing operations in the U.S. The categories of membership in the CENTIRE are listed below:

Tier 1 - Standard Voting Membership

  1. Full rights to Center Technology
  2. Large Company-Full Member (>500 employees)—$40K annual membership fee—1 vote (a large company may also join at $20K annual membership fee-1/2 vote)
  3. Small Company/Foreign Company-Affiliate Membership (SBIR eligible size)—$20K annual membership fee—1/2 vote

The standard Large Company Membership Agreement is shown in Attachment 1. The Small Company (SBIR eligible) Membership Agreement is the same except for a smaller annual membership fee and 1/2 of a vote on the CENTIRE IAB.

Potential Benefits to Industrial Members

Benefits of membership in the Center’s Cooperative Research Program are listed below.

  1. Each voting Center Member is entitled to one voting representative on the Center’s IAB. This entitlement provides the Center Members a formal opportunity to suggest new projects for the cooperative research program, select the projects to be funded, and to participate in determining the research direction of the Center.
  2. A voting Center Member may allocate its funding to a specific research area(s).
  3. A Center Member may send up to five representatives to the semiannual IAB and Technical Review meetings. The presentations by the Center faculty and a poster session provide opportunities for representatives to discuss those projects of particular interest with the involved faculty members and graduate students.
  4. A Center Member receives at least one CD copy of the semiannual formal Research Reports. At least one CD copy of the oral technical presentations is provided to each member.
  5. A Center Member receives an option for a non-exclusive, royalty-free license to inventions made on the Center’s cooperative program if they share patent costs or if one or more of the Universities pays for the cost of a patent.
  6. A Center Member through participation in Center Technical Review meetings and progress reports can keep abreast of a wide range of polymer and materials research results and opportunities. The pooling of membership fees provides base funding for the research of approximately 15 graduate students. This provides a cost-effective mechanism for Member Companies to gain detailed access to a broad base research program for a small percentage of the cost of performing research in-house.
  7. A Center Member can choose to send a visiting scientist to the Center. If this person works on one of the research projects in the cooperative program, there is no extra fee required from the Member Company. An extra fee is required in accordance with each university’s access to facilities policy if the visiting scientist works on a research project other than a project in the cooperative program.
  8. A Center Member has access to the Center and its faculty as a resource for technical questions, occasional technical services, and conducting individual research projects under separate contract.
  9. A Center Member gains exposure to graduate students and undergraduate students at the semiannual review meetings to assist in the recruitment of new staff members.