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Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRCs) are organizations sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to focus academic creativity and innovation on addressing key problems and concerns of industry. IUCRCs enable industrially-relevant, pre-competitive research through multi-member, sustained partnerships among industry, academia, and government.

The NSF provides a financial and procedural framework for membership and operations in addition to best practices learned over decades of fostering public/private partnerships that provide significant value to the nation, industry and university faculty and students. Members guide the direction of center research through active involvement and mentoring.