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industry university

National Science Foundation


Cooperative Research Centers

Discovery and Innovation for Today and Tomorrow

i ucrc mission and vision
I/UCRC: Mission and Vision


To contribute to the nation’s research infrastructure base by developinglong-term partnerships among industry, academe and government

To leverage NSF funds with industry to support graduate students performing industrially relevant research


To expand the innovation capacity of our nation’s competitive workforce through partnerships between industries and universities


I/UCRCs enable discovery and innovation through collaboration

Center catalyzed by a small investment from NSF.

NSF takes a supportive role throughout the life of the center.

I/UCRCs work like a research “franchise” with operational guidelines and evaluation tools

An I/UCRC is primarily fundedby industry members,

what does an i ucrc offer
What does an I/UCRC offer?
  • Industry networking
  • Industry driven R&D projects
  • Innovation
    • Processes
    • Potential use in new products
  • Access to intellectual property that occurs during membership
  • Prepublication technical papers
  • Access to world class facilities and researchers
  • Access to students
typical i ucrc operating model
Typical I/UCRC Operating Model

Company A1

IAB Member

Company B1

IAB Member

Company A2IAB Member

Company B2IAB Member

NSF Evaluator





Industrial Advisory Board



Other Government Agencies








Ongoing research activites


New projects

Changes in by-laws

Multiple companies provide interaction capabilities

Companies enable the likelihood of a given project by placing all their “votes” on that one project

Internationalresearch sites


I/UCRC tools help guide industrial relevant research

  • Centers provide industry with the right information to guide project selection including:
  • Project description
  • Research analysis
  • Project duration
  • Project cost
  • Deliverables

Industry/University Cooperative Research Centersas of July 2008

  • ENG Multi-University Centers
  • Advanced Forestry
  • Ceramic and Composite Materials
  • Computational Materials Design
  • Dielectrics
  • Friction STIR Processing
  • Fuel Cells
  • Laser and Plasma for Adv. Mfg.
  • Logistics and Distribution
  • Membranes
  • Minimally Invasive Diagnostics
  • Precision Forming
  • Repair of Building and Bridges
  • Sensors and Actuators
  • Smart Vehicles
  • Water Quality
  • Silicon Solar
  • Particulate and Surfactants
  • Health Organization Transformation
  • Sustainable Iron & Steel
  • Small Satellite Technology
  • Bioenergy
  • CISE Multi-University Centers
  • Cyber Protection
  • e-Design
  • Experimental Computer Systems
  • Identification
  • Intelligent Maintenance
  • Reconfigurable Computers
  • Search & Rescue Robots
  • Wireless Internet
  • Telecommunications
  • Autonomic Computing
  • Single University Centers
  • Advanced Vehicle Electronics
  • Bio-catalysis and Bio-processing of Macromolecules
  • Biomolecular Interaction
  • Electronic Micro-Cooling
  • Child Injury Studies
  • Precision Metrology
  • Advanced Knowledge Enablement (CISE)

CISE supports research in all areas of computer and information science and engineering

memberships and agreements
Memberships and Agreements

Membership fee structure

Patent rights held by university, with royalty free, non-exclusive rights to center members

Companies wishing to exercise rights to a royalty-free license pay for the costs of patent application

If only one company seeks a license, that COMPANY may obtain an exclusive fee-bearing license

Publication delay policy

Industrial Advisory Board – one representative from each company per membership. Two membership limit per company

* 10% overhead limit – ensures that member money goes primarily to fund research

other funding opportunities for i ucrcs
Other Funding Opportunities for I/UCRCs

TIE Projects – Between I/UCRC Centers

Fundamental Research Supplement

Research Experience for Undergraduate Students (REU)

Research Experience for Teachers (RET)

Federal Government Interagency Exchange of Funds

Other NSF Programs that Co-fund Centers


International Collaboration/Projects

Supplemental Opportunity for SBIR/STTR Memberships

i ucrc benefits
I/UCRC Benefits


Allows industries to interact with pre-competitive research

An avenue to investigate a topic which may otherwise not be done

Allows industries to utilize the resources of a university

An excellent recruiting tool for building the future of the company

Royalty-free non-exclusive rights to IP

Minimal overhead on membership funds (more effective than contracts)

Increased interaction capabilities (networking) among various members.


Stable funding source for research

Exposes the academic community to industrial problems

Establishes a meaningful research focus – industrially relevant

Provides support for research and students

Win - Win

project interaction between university industry
Project Interaction Between University & Industry

University provides project overviews

Scope of work

Project deliverables



Industry provides Level of Interest/Feedback Evaluation (LIFE)

Evaluation to guide university on industrial relevance

Recommends project selection

Guides the direction of center projects

life form for project feedback
LIFE Form for Project Feedback

The LIFE process ensures quality and stimulates continued interest in the program.

LIFE Forms are distributed andcollected after each technicalpresentation during the semiannual meetings.

Level Of Interest Feedback Evaluation (LIFE)

To facilitate scientific and technical interaction between Center Faculty and Industrial Member Representative, each company represented is requested to rank their company’s level of interest and the research relevancy of each presentation. Please mark an X below to reflect the opinion of your company.

Level of Interest:

_____ Very Interested

______ Interested

______ Interested with Change

______ Not Interested

______ Abstain

Comments: _________________________________________________



  • Comments, questions, and concerns from the transcribed LIFE forms are discussed during the IAB meeting prior to making project funding recommendations.
  • The IAB might want to consider:
  • What makes the project so “hot” or “transformational”?
  • How can we improve this project?
  • Real-time project revisions are encouraged if needed.
national science foundation i ucrc contacts
Listed alphabetically by last name

Rathindra (Babu) DasGupta, I/UCRC Program Director -

Glenn Larsen, IIP Program Director –

Gregory Misiorek, Program Assistant,

Rita Rodriguez, CISE Liaison –

Alex Schwarzkopf, Consultant -

Donald Senich, Senior Advisor, IIP -

for more information:


Program phone: (703) 292-8383

Note: The best way to contact us is via e-mail. Many are on the road frequently

National Science Foundation I/UCRC Contacts


typical center organization chart
Typical Center Organization Chart

Universities:Administrative site (lead)

& Research partners (sites)





Other Gov Agencies



Academic Policy Committee

Industry AdvisoryBoard (IAB)

Center Director& Site-directors


  • Project Team
  • Faculty
  • Students
  • Ind. Advisors
  • Project Team
  • Faculty
  • Students
  • Ind. Advisors
  • Project Team
  • Faculty
  • Students
  • Ind. Advisors