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Why Should your Company, Agency, or Trade Organization Join?

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Photos: Garden State Seafood Assn.

All IAB members have common ownership of the entire I/UCRC research portfolio; however, individual firms can provide additional support for specific enhancement projects. The partnership is given greater depth through the direct involvement of industry representatives in research projects. Each project in the Center has a principal researcher (typically the project's research professor) and in many cases also has a monitor from industry. The principal researcher maintains close oversight of the progress of the research and briefs the industrial monitor on a regular basis. The monitor can, and often does, have direct input into the direction of the research.

  • Long-term economic stability for your company

  • NSF sanction on research products

  • Rapid response to research priorities

  • Immediate access to science expertise for stock assessment issues as well as members of the finfish, shellfish and marine mammal stock assessment teams

Direction of the science agenda
  • Representation on the IAB (Industry Advisory Board)

  • Science agenda determined by IAB

  • Participate in development of industry-driven science plan

  • Participate in long-term cooperative research program planning (5+ yr)

  • SCeMFiS scientists throughout the U.S. and Canada

Financial Benefits
  • Pooled financial resources permit research too costly for one company

  • Leveraging of non-NSF support

  • Indirect cost limit is 10%

How would your company join?

Partnership Cost: Scallop packout - GSSA image

  • Dual Partner at $50,000 = 2 IAB votes

  • Single Partner at $25,000 = 1 IAB vote


  • Membership agreement with participating academic institutions

Why should your agency join?

Financial Benefits
  • Cost efficient support of cooperative programs

  • Indirect cost limit is 10%

Input to science agenda
  • Representation on the IAB (Industry Advisory Board)

  • Participate in development of university/industry science plan

  • Participate in long-term cooperative research program planning (5+ yr)

Education and training
  • Graduate student/post-doctoral training at no cost

  • Leveraging of additional support - e.g., REU (Research Experience for Undergrads)

How does your agency join?

Partnership Cost: $50,000


  • MIPR (Military Interdepartmental Purchase Request) or IAA (Inter-Agency Agreement) with NSF (National Science Foundation)

Transfer charge: 6% (total National Marine Fisheries Service commitment $50,000 + 6%)

Welcome Bumble Bee Foods, Intershell International, Omega Protein, Town Dock/SeaFreeze and SeaWatch International

Welcome to our newest members, Bumble Bee Foods, Intershell International, Omega Proteins, and SeaWatch International. Some of the most recent SCeMFiS research projects were very attractive to these companies and we welcome their opinion and support as the Center moves forward in assisting fisheries resources and the industries that rely on them.



Omega Protein

SeaWatch International

Town Dock SeaFreeze, Ltd.

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