Become an Industry Member

We are growing all the time. If you have an interest in learning more about CBiRC or becoming an Industry Member please contact Peter Keeling.



  • Additional information on CBiRC’s Industrial Collaboration and Innovation Program is available in our INDUSTRY BROCHURE.
  • ERCs operate by forming partnerships between industry and academia. This creates an “innovation ecosystem” made up of multiple Partnering Insitutions, and a network of Innovation Partners combined with multiple Industry Members.
  • Joining CBiRC as an industry member requires an annual membership fee (see Table) linked to a Membership Agreement and Confidentiality Agreement.  Members partner with large- and medium-scale established companies as well as start-ups and small businesses.
  • CBiRC has structured its membership around two different levels (Strategic and Full) with four different membership fees based on company size. Industry members may also sponsor specific dedicated research projects by direct funding. Sponsored projects are negotiated on a case-by-case basis.
Annual Membership Fee INDUSTRY MEMBERS
Strategic Full Sponsor
Large (a company with at least 500 employees) $25,000 $50,000 Negotiated **
Medium (a company with less than 500 and more than 60 employees) $12,500 $25,000 Negotiated **
Small (a company that has less than 61 employees and more than 10) $2,500 $5,000 Negotiated **
Start-up (a company that has not completed an IPO and has less than 11 employees) $500 $1,000 Negotiated **

** To be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

Membership Benefits

The Industry Collaboration and Innovation Program offers an opportunuity to facilitate technology transfer, guide the research program, and accelerate commercial application. Other benefits (also see Membership Benefits) include:

  • Opportunities to network and collaborate with internationally recognized academic and industry leaders.
  • Unique members-only access to faculty and students working in leading research programs funded by NSF. This can include student mentoring and internships as well as industrial visiting scholars.
  • Access to CBiRC’s members-only Intranet as well as Newsletters summarizing exciting new developments in the Center. This provides early access to ideas, publications, and know-how in the biorenewable chemistry sector.
  • A royalty-free license for internal, noncommercial purposes providing an opportunity to assess new technologies developed in the center.
  • Full and sponsoring members receive priority notification of CBiRC inventions and have a first option to negotiate a royalty bearing commercial license for such technology.
  • Strategic members have the same status as Full members, but do no have a first option to negotiate a royalty bearing commercial license for CBiRC inventions.
  • All members have exclusive membership rights to be a part of CBiRC’s Industry Advisory Board. Members advise and influence all aspects of the Center including recommending research program strategies, testbed design and target chemicals and intermediates.