Industry Affiliate Programs

What is an Industry Affiliate Program?

An IAP is a University research program – organized, hosted, and directed by Berkeley faculty and/or staff – focused on a specific area of research of common interest with private industry, and funded by industry membership fees. A successful, properly structured IAP:

  •  furthers the university’s research mission
  •  facilitates private funding of public research
  •  educates students and provides career opportunities
  •  enhances feedback from industry to inform academic research
  •  facilitates the translation and commercialization of university research results

An IAP is a standardized program where at least three companies join as Industry Members and receive a set schedule of benefits. Companies join an IAP by (i) signing a membership agreement, and (ii) paying the membership fees. Membership fees paid by Industry Members are used to fund the research carried out by Berkeley researchers within the IAP.

IPIRA does not handle gift-based industry affiliate programs. To inquire about gift-based industry affiliate programs, consult with University Development and Alumni Relations or the relevant college or department development officer.

In return for their membership fees, Industry Members receive certain benefits. The specific benefits vary from IAP to IAP and are established prior to the launch of the IAP. Typical benefits for Industry Members include:
  1. Early notice. Industry Members typically receive early notice of new research findings, publication abstracts, and resulting intellectual property in advance of the general public. Results are published in a timely manner thereafter in accordance with academic custom.
  2. Early access. Early access to research results means Industry Members become aware of research results before they are formerly published. This is a typical benefit for Industry Members who have a chance to interact with the research team on a periodic basis, through reviews, poster sessions, and retreats.
  3. Easy entry and termination. IAP membership is open. Any company can join or leave (terminate their membership agreement) at any time.

IPIRA’s Industry Alliances Office manages Berkeley IAPs, working closely with IAP Executive Directors and companies to define the opportunity, set up the IAP, and launch and administer the IAP. IPIRA is part your team, and we are here to help you.

Industry Affiliate Programs handled by IPIRA use contracts, offer intellectual property rights, and have membership fees. Industry Members receive invoices from UC Berkeley Controller's Office Contracts and Grants Accounting. Payments may be made to the Regents of the University of California at the address or wire information in the Industry Member's contract.
Membership fees cover both direct and indirect costs. Learn about UC Berkeley policies for rates and distribution of overhead costs for Industry Consortia and Affiliate Membership Agreements.

 

 

Current Industry Affiliate Programs

 

Former Industry Affiliate Programs

 
  •  Center for Analytical Biotechnology
  •  Center for Augmented Cognition
  •  California Center for Innovative Transportation
  •  Center for Hybrid and Embedded Software Systems (merged with iCyPhy)
  •  Integrated Modelling, Process, and Computation for Technology
  •  Pacific Earthquake Engineering Center
  •  SWARM Lab
  •  Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center
  •  Synthetic Biology Institute
  •  TRUST
  •  TSRC Affiiiate Program
  •  Vehicle Infrastructure Transportation Affiliates Laboratory

 

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