National Science Foundation (NSF)Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC) program was established to develop long-term partnerships among industry, academe, and government. The centers are catalyzed by a small investment from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and are primarily supported by industry center members, with NSF taking a supporting role in the development and evolution of the center. Centers have initial founding Universities as well as sites at other Universities that are formed to address the needs of current members as well as new industries that join due to the added value of the site.

The focus of this CenTiRe: NSF I/UCRC Center for Tire Research (CenTiRe) is a multi-university cooperative research center led by Virginia Tech (VT) and The University of Akron (Akron). The underlying issues affecting elastomers in oil and gas, buildings and seismic structures, vehicles and recycling are a concern across industries.

I/UCRC Membership:  Members may designate the program/project areas in the cooperative program to be supported by their funds. Full membership: $40k. Half membership: $20k. Industry members can access the project results and can obtain a nonexclusive royalty-free license to inventions generated during their membership period. The members can the join semi-annual IAB meetings. The members can also recruit undergraduate and graduate students of CenTiRe.