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.
(FIU + FAU)