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:

 

Full member

Associate

First opportunity to negotiate a commercial license to CSNE IP

X

 

Vote to prioritize recommended research areas for CSNE

X

 

Annual Customized Member Visit to CSNE

X

 

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

X

 

Periodic reports of CSNE inventions available for licensing

X

X

Attendance and involvement in CSNE industry meetings

X

X

Industrial Advisory Board membership

X

X

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

X

X

Recruiting opportunities for graduate students and postdocs

X

X

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

X

X

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

X

X

Access to student interns

X

X

Visiting Industry Scientist program

X

X

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

X

X

Opportunity to sponsor directed research

X

X

Collaborate with CSNE faculty to obtain grants and other funding

X

X

Network with other industry members

X

X