Industrial Affiliates Program (Stanford University)

Any company can join the SUNCAT Industrial Affiliates Program.

The following benefits are offered to SUNCAT Industrial Affiliate Members:

  • To provide an industrial perspective in the strategic development of SUNCAT-Stanford;
  • To provide a forum for the early communication of new results from SUNCAT-Stanford;
  • To provide a forum for the development of common research projects in SUNCAT-Stanford;
  • To facilitate the transfer of knowledge into society of SUNCAT-Stanford research;
  • To provide financial support for the SUNCAT-Stanford program activities;
  • Serving on the Industrial advisory board of the SUNCAT Center to help establish research priorities and recommend projects for seed funding
  • Research-in-Progress Program: Member will be given the possibility to interact with faculty and staff at SUNCAT-Stanford, and it represents an opportunity to interact with and recruit Stanford graduate students working in the associated programs.
  • Industrial Visiting Scholar Program: Short-term residencies at Stanford for industrial researchers will promote in depth interaction between academic researchers and professionals in the field in accordance with Stanford’s Visiting Scholar policies

The annual membership fee is $40K. For further information, please email:

Although SUNCAT is a joint Center of Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, the Industrial Affiliates Program is administered solely by Stanford University, and participation in it confers no benefits with respect to SLAC nor imply any endorsement by SLAC or the Department of Energy.

Stanford Policies

From Research Policy Handbook:

Stanford University Policies Affecting Industrial Affiliates Program Memberships. Stanford University's policies guide the teaching and research mission of the university, including all activities conducted with the support of Industrial Affiliate programs. The following are some of the important considerations for Industrial Affiliate programs at Stanford.

  1. Stanford University does not permit secrecy in research, i.e., all interested persons will have access to the underlying data, the processes and the results of research conducted at Stanford;
  2. Teaching and research at Stanford are guided by its faculty who select research topics, adopt research methodology, and select participants;
  3. Stanford has established procedures for visitors who wish to collaborate on research conducted at Stanford. If member companies choose to send representatives to Stanford for this purpose, those policies and procedures will be applicable, in addition to any particular fees or other arrangements required by the Affiliate program;
  4. Stanford's intellectual property policies are applied consistently to all research conducted at Stanford. No license or other intellectual property rights will be granted as a result of membership in the program. Unless required otherwise, individuals at Stanford are free to place their inventions in the public domain.
  5. Unlike sponsored projects, Affiliate membership does not convey specific project deliverables, nor are membership fees subject to Stanford University's negotiated indirect cost rates. Affiliate membership fees are for the unrestricted use of the program being supported. Stanford University will use a portion of all membership fees for university infrastructure.

Provider: Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Research, Stanford University Contact: Manager, Industrial Contracts Office Last updated: March 17, 2007

For more information contact Staff Scientists:

Dr. Adam Nielander (

Dr. Michaela Burke Stevens (