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Collaborating with industry, utilities, and other organizations is critical to the vision of the Stanford Carbon Removal Initiative. We have created a flexible industry engagement model that allows companies to participate in a number of ways that can be customized to best align with each organization’s goals. Companies may choose to engage with the Initiative via one or more of these paths at a given point in time:

  • The Stanford Carbon Removal Initiative's Affiliate Program allows a broad engagement with the initiative as a whole via an industry consortium model, in which companies gain facilitated access to Stanford faculty and students and connect with other interested companies in shared research-related programming such as annual symposia and focused workshops. Companies join by paying an annual affiliate membership fee. Affiliate-funded research is open to all members of the program and does not include IP terms. 

  • Sponsored Research Collaboration: A focused collaborative research project working with one or more faculty investigators. Companies might choose this path if they have very focused goals (e.g., a technical challenge specific to their company) and/or particular concerns about confidentiality, IP or proprietary data. Each sponsored research project has its own budget (including full indirect costs) and terms and conditions. Cash payments are made in accordance with the project timeline and budget. 


  • Gifts: A company interested in broader support for the initiative, a particular lab, or research project might choose to support that engagement via gift funding. Gift support for graduate fellowships is an ideal way for companies to connect with students. Gifts to support programs or research must be “no strings attached.” Gifts are subject to a modest infrastructure charge. Cash gifts are typically made on an annual basis to allow for timely academic planning for the use of those gifts.


  • In-Kind Gifts: Companies may have unique equipment or data relevant to the Initiative’s research and could participate in the Initiative by contributing these as in-kind gifts. Given their unique nature, in-kind gifts are typically handled in an ad hoc manner with agreements tailored to each contribution. Acceptance and valuation of in-kind gifts is at the discretion of our faculty. 



Industry Contact: Dr. Sarah Saltzer, Stanford Carbon Initiative Managing Director:, 650.721.3174