Industrial Contracts Office
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Palo Alto, CA 94306

FOR RESEARCHERS – 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:

Industrial Affiliates Programs at Stanford

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Information on policies and practices for Industrial Affiliates Programs is available below:

Affiliates Presentation at Stanford University 5/9/07

Affilate Programs Presentation

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 membership programs where companies pay a predefined fee (usually annually) to support research programs headed by a group of two or more faculty.  In return, the companies receive facilitated access to the research programs and to participating faculty and students. 
How are Affiliates programs different from sponsored research?
Affiliates Programs typically focus on an area or related areas of 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 the membership fee. 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 as gifts to the University, which is currently 3%.
Do we need an agreement for our Affiliates program?
No agreement is required by the University. Some companies need an agreement and some programs provide agreements.
Who at Stanford can sign affiliates agreements?
ICO signs all Affiliates agreements, as does the cognizant Dean from the School.  The Affiliate program director also may sign.  Either Stanford can sign the agreement first or the company can do so.
How do faculty set up a new affiliates program?
All new programs are reviewed by ICO for compliance with University policies. All Affiliates programs should have a website publicizing the program and linking to the University’s policies for Affiliates programs. For more information, please see the Research Policy Handbook.
What happens after a new Affiliates program is approved?
After ICO reviews and approves the program, ICO will notify Fund Accounting, which opens a new affiliates account.  ICO also notifies the cognizant school dean and the Affiliates program contact.