The Value of Membership

The National Science Foundation's Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC) Program is designed to influence positive change in the performance capacity of the U.S. Industrial enterprise. Membership in an I/UCRC such as the Center for Sustainably Integrated Buildings and Sites can return high value. Highlights documented over the course of this three-decades-old program include:

A Strong Value Proposition
  • $50k annual membership fee is less than either:
    • The cost of one typically "fully-loaded" (i.e., benefits, etc.) Administrative Assistant for a year
    • The cost of a typical one-year university research project
  • Nether of these equivalent "expenses" have the potential to generate the same financial returns and enable highly valuable recruiting and networking
The Ability to Direct Research
  • Industry Members "direct" the generation and chioce of research topics
The Ability to Leverage Research Funds
  • Pooling funds improves ROIs of new technologies and applications
The Ability to Stretch Your Research Investment
  • Industry membership pays for a fraction of the price typically paid for one university project. (University overhead, typically 50% is reduced to 10%)
Access to World-renowned Faculty Researchers
  • Access to leading researchers at UNC Charlotte, Carnegie Mellon, ASU & CCNY (several other research institutions have recently expressed interest in joining SIBS)
Technology Transfer
  • Research is vetted by Members for likelihood of adoption and commercialization
Patent Rights
  • Royalty-free licenses to IP generated through the Center membership
Turning Exceptional Students into Excellent Employees
  • Access to resume book and graduates who are already engaged in, and knowledgeable about, the SIBS Center's work and projects
Strategic Networking and Cooperation
  • Strategic networking and cooperation with other industries, complementary companies, academia, and governmental agencies
A Time-Tested Model for Innovation
  • NSF's I/UCRC model is a robust one, producing successful outcomes for over three decades; it is also one of the longest operating NSF partnership programs