Member Benefits

Membership and Industry Affiliate Program Bylaws

Companies may join the CSNE Industry Affiliate Program as Full or Associate Members.  Member fees, benefits, and obligations are outlined below and described in more detail in the CSNE Industry Affiliates Program Membership Agreement. 

Annual Membership Fees                    

Company Size

Full Member

Associate Member

> or =500 FTEs

$40,000

$20,000

10 to 499 FTEs

$10,000

$5,000

Start-up*

$10,000

$1,000

 (*A start-up has fewer than 10 FTEs and is less than three years old.)

Intellectual Property (IP)

All members receive a non-exclusive, royalty-free, non-commercial license to use CSNE IP for internal research and evaluation purposes. Full members receive the first opportunity to negotiate commercial licenses for CSNE IP. Commercial licenses may be exclusive or non-exclusive, as appropriate.

Scholarly Disclosures and Confidentiality

Information and details pertaining to CSNE research may be designated as confidential and governed by a standard non-disclosure agreement. CSNE researchers may publish or otherwise disclose research results that do not contain confidential information owned or controlled by members.

Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) Participation and Input on CSNE Research Directions

Representatives from member companies comprise the IAB, which reviews CSNE progress, performs an annual SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis, and advises the CSNE director on research and other matters. 

Member Benefits summary

Benefit Member class:

First opportunity to negotiate a commercial license to CSNE IP

Full member

N/A

Vote to prioritize recommended research areas for CSNE

Full member

N/A

Annual Customized Member Visit to CSNE

Full member

N/A

Help set the agenda for problem-solving sessions with CSNE faculty

Full member

N/A

Periodic reports of CSNE inventions available for licensing

Full member

Associate

Attendance and involvement in CSNE industry meetings

Full member

Associate

Industrial Advisory Board membership

Full member

Associate

Review CSNE progress and advise the director on matters pertaining to the Center

Full member

Associate

Recruiting opportunities for graduate students and postdocs

Full member

Associate

Members-only access to research results, publications, etc.

Full member

Associate

Access to select CSNE research and facilities (user fees may apply)

Full member

Associate

Access to student interns

Full member

Associate

Visiting Industry Scientist program

Full member

Associate

Non-exclusive, royalty-free, non-commercial internal research license to CSNE IP

Full member

Associate

Opportunity to sponsor directed research

Full member

Associate

Collaborate with CSNE faculty to obtain grants and other funding

Full member

Associate

Network with other industry members

Full member

Associate