Affiliates Program

Corporate members are an integral part of eWEAR. Frequent communications between companies, venture capitalists, faculty, postdocs and graduate students provide valuable insights on potential opportunities, problems and solutions. eWEAR works closely with diverse industries from various sectors, such as technology, manufacturing, materials, defense, automotive, communications, and medical.

Corporate membership fees provide unrestricted support for eWEAR 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 multi-year relationships. A 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 eWEAR. The amount is at least $80k for each eWEAR research topic area per year of support for each participating faculty member. The faculty director of eWEAR will determine how the additional funding will be used in the eWEAR research. All research results arising from the use of the additional funding will be shared with all eWEAR members and the general public.

eWEAR Affiliate Program Members: Applied Materials, BOE Technology America, DAIKIN Industries – Daikin Open Innovation lab Silicon Valley, MARS, and Shanda Group.


Membership cost and benefits:

table showing member benefits

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

Establishment of Industrial Affiliates and Related Membership-Supported Programs

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. 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 Affiliates 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.

Affiliate Program members may provide additional funding. All research results arising from the use of the additional funding will be shared with all program members and the general public.  Affiliate Program members may request the additional funding be used to support a particular area of program research identified on the program’s website, or the program research of a named faculty member, as long as the faculty is identified on the program website as participating in the Affiliate Program. In either instance, the director of the Affiliate Program will determine how the additional funding will be used in the program’s research.