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About Affiliates Programs

Industrial Affiliates Programs provide a mechanism for multiple faculty and multiple companies to discuss and explore broad research topics in a pre-competitive environment. In these programs, Stanford faculty and students can learn about industry perspectives and priorities, and corporate members are exposed to new ideas and research directions. Stanford has a wide range of Affiliates Programs and any interested company may join.

Affiliates Programs follow the rules that govern gifts. Membership benefits do not include a statement of work, deliverables, or rights to intellectual property. More directed research relationships may be arranged through sponsored research agreements.

Requirements are outlined below and detailed on the Dean of Research website:

Industrial Affiliates Programs, their websites and any related agreements must be reviewed and approved in advance at formation and when renewed each year. For more information, contact the Industrial Contracts Office:

Operating Principles

Industrial Affiliates Programs operate according to the principles of:

  • Compliance with the University’s Openness in Research policy;
  • Publication and broad sharing of results;
  • Faculty freedom to pursue research topics and methodology of their choice;
  • Conformance to the University’s primary mission of teaching and research; and
  • Enrichment of the educational experiences of students and postdocs.


Affiliates Program websites provide important Program details including the following:

Member Benefits

Typical membership benefits include:

  • Invitations to meetings/workshops/symposia
  • Facilitated access to Program faculty
  • Facilitated access to students and recruitment opportunities
  • Invitations to send Visiting Scholar(s) to the Program