Industrial members are paramount to the success of I/UCRCs. Industrial members include government agencies, private industries, and non-profit organizations. Organizations join I/UCRCs for an annual membership fee. Benefits of membership in an I/UCRC include:

Leveraging of affiliate investment
Access to faculty, students, facilities and infrastructure at all Center sites (18 senior faculty per center on average)
NSF’s 40+ years of experience with the I/UCRC program (performance oversight an external independent evaluation)
Access to sector identified pre-competitive research
Precompetitive industry relevant research shaped by members and faculty
90% of membership fees go toward research
Sector networking, learn from industry peers, competitors, customers and regulators
Option to expand innovation capacity globally
One Center; one membership agreement for all (all under one umbrella)
Company savings: Lower risks, accelerate competitive R&D and internal cost avoidance
Early and continual access to the discovery and innovation process as well as its results
Any company, federal research and development organization, or government-owned contractor operated laboratory may become a member of the center. Companies and federal agencies contribute $25,000 annually in support of the center. Companies sign a membership agreement, while federal agencies agree to terms and conditions similar to those expressed in the membership agreement. Additional information can be found in the sample membership agreement.