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Affiliates Program

Corporate members are an integral part of DTI. Frequent communications between companies, venture capitalists, faculty, and graduate students provide valuable insights on potential opportunities, problems and solutions. DTI works closely with diverse industries from various sectors, such as technology, manufacturing, defense, agriculture, communications, social networks, and health care.

Corporate membership fees provide unrestricted support for DTI research where there is close communication between researchers and companies. Corporate members have an extraordinary opportunity to inform, influence and collaborate on research projects.

Companies are encouraged to develop long-term multi-year relationships. A Full Member may provide additional funding above the amount of the annual membership fee to be used to support a particular topic area of program research, or to support the program research of one of the faculty participating in DTI. The amount of such additional support is $75k for each DTI research topic area or for each participating faculty member. The faculty director of DTI will determine how the additional funding will be used in DTI research. All research results arising from the use of the additional funding will be shared with all DTI members and the general public.

Membership cost and benefits:

Member benefits Full membership
$175,000/year
Introductory membership
$50,000/year
Invitation to send up to 3 attendees to the annual DTI affiliate meeting Included Included
Facilitated access to DTI research Included Included
Campus visits to discuss future directions of DTI research by arrangement Included Included
Opportunity for student recruitment Included Included
Opportunity to provide input on future focus areas Included Included
Facilitated access to program faculty and opportunities to discuss research engagements outside of the program Included Included
Support for one student/postdoc (fellow-mentor-advisor) OR Sending one Visiting Scholar* OR Support of a focused area Includes one item, each additional item is $75k Not included, can upgrade to full-membership at anytime and select an item

*Visiting Scholars: Short-term residencies in accordance with Stanford's Visiting Scholar policies.

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.

  • 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.
  • Teaching and research at Stanford are guided by its faculty who select research topics, adopt research methodology, and select participants.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.