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Membership in our Center is open to private businesses,

government agencies, and others with research needs in the areas

of information technology, communications, and computing. The

Center provides its partners with numerous benefits, including

early access to research innovations and opportunities to interact

and work with university faculty, students, and industry peers.

The Center’s Industry Advisory Board (IAB), made up of

representatives of all members, has the responsibility of determining

the research areas and related projects in which membership fees

will be invested. The IAB meets twice a year to discuss proposed

organ i zat i on o f th e c e nt e r


projects and set research priorities for the Center. The IAB makes

recommendations on research projects to be carried out by the

Center and the allocation of resources to these projects.

Model of the I/UCRC

NSF seed funding ranges from $300,000 to $750,000 over five

years, with sustaining support coming from CAKE members. Yearly

membership fees range from $5,000 for small companies (affiliate

members) to $50,000- $150,000 for medium and large companies

(full members). Companies paying higher membership fees have

priority in selecting the Center’s research projects.

At this time the FAU Center has 24 companies with total

memberships of about $1.8 million in cash and $2.8 million in

software and equipment.

The NSF program requires independent evaluators. Serving the

Center in this capacity is Dr. Vida Scarpello, a recognized expert

in the field of industrial relations who has been a consultant to

major U.S. corporations as well as city and state governments.