Industrial Contracts Office
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FOR INDUSTRY - Industrial Affiliates Programs


Industrial Affiliates programs are designed to facilitate the transfer of knowledge to society and the dialogue between academia and industry.  Supported by corporate membership fees, these programs provide an avenue for industry to contribute to and sustain research and teaching in Stanford departments and programs of interest.

Stanford has a wide range of active affiliates programs:


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The Industrial Contracts Office reviews and signs Industrial Affiliates agreements for programs that use member agreements.



Industry Affiliates Programs FAQs

What are Industry Affiliates Programs?

They are corporate membership programs where a group of companies pay a predefined membership fee (usually annually) to support research programs headed by a group of faculty.  In return, the companies receive facilitated access to the research programs and to participating faculty and students.  Corporate members typically attend annual meetings, receive copies of reports and publications, and have opportunities to recruit students.  
Who can join an Affiliates Program?
Membership in Stanford Affiliates programs is available to all interested companies.
How are Affiliates programs different from sponsored research?
Affiliates Programs typically focus on an area or related areas of precompetitive research and typically support several projects.  Affiliates Programs involve two or more faculty and a group of companies.  Affiliate members do not receive intellectual property rights in return for membership fees. Sponsored projects typically are one-on-one arrangements where a company funds research in one faculty member’s lab.  The sponsored project typically has a specific statement of work and budget for a defined period of time.  In sponsored research, the sponsoring company pays the full direct and indirect costs of the research.  In return, the company typically receives options to license inventions resulting from the project. 
What are the University's policies on Affiliates programs? 
The programs promote opennes in research results and conform to the University's primary mission: teaching and research, as described in the Research Policy Handbook.
What indirect costs are applied to Affiliates funds?
Affiliates funds are subject to the same infrastructure charge that applies to gifts to the University, which is currently 8%.
Do all Stanford Affiliates Programs provide agreements to sign?
No. No agreement is required by the University. Many Programs provide program information on their websites and send only an invoice to members.  However, some Affiliate programs do provide agreements for signature.
Who signs Affiliates agreements?
Company officials sign. For Stanford, ICO signs Affiliates agreements, as does the cognizant Dean from the School.  The Affiliate Program director also may sign.
What kinds of Affiliates Programs are available?
Stanford has a wide variety of Affiliates Programs, ranging from long-term Programs in Earth Sciences such as the Stanford Center for Reservoir Forecasting (SCRF), to new Programs such as the Institute for Computational & Mathematical Engineering (ICME). Each program has a website at Stanford.