Membership and Project Fees

Overall Membership Structure (approved by the IAB)

SVC provides companies with several membership options.  All fees indicated below are considered a minimum: Members and Affiliates are encouraged to provide supplemental funding to support the research activities associated with their project

Solo Guaranteed Project Membership

  • Voted by the IAB
  • If a member wishes to fund a solo (guaranteed, “non-umbrella” type project), that member must pay an additional “project fee.” Alternatively, the member could bring in at least 1 Affiliate to their solo project.
  • If the Affiliate option is exercised, the 2019 fee is $61.6K ($40K for the Membership + $5.6K for the Administrative Fee + $16K for the Affiliate). Member companies pay for the Membership Fee and Admin Fee; affiliate companies pay for the Affiliate Fee (project fee).

 Umbrella Project Membership

  • At least 2 membership fees are needed ($88K/year)

Affiliate Membership

  • No IAB vote
  • Invited to the semi-annual review meetings and given IP access to one project as well as recruitment access to the graduate and undergraduate students upon graduation from OSU
  • Each Affiliate can join an ongoing or initiated project that is primarily sponsored by a full Member

Invited Observer

  • This category has been defined for companies that choose to actively collaborate with SVC and supply software, smart materials, equipment,  and instrumentation of $10K value or more, as well as human support to accomplish the projects
  • Invited to the review meetings and given a window into the knowledge being generated and access to the graduate and undergraduate students upon graduation from OSU
  • Allowed to attend the closed (members-only) sessions, though they have limited access to project reports
  • No intellectual property rights unless the IAB approves it on a case-by-case basis given the unique contributions made by a specific Invited Observer to a particular project


  • This category has been defined for those companies that provide in kind support of $10K value or less
  • Invited only to the “open” sessions of semi-annual meetings
  • No intellectual property rights within SVC and no IAB vote