CMI Membership Program

Organizations can be involved with the Critical Materials Institute on several levels, including as a Team Member, an Affiliate Member or an Associate Member. 

CMI TEAM Member: CMI TEAM members have research subcontracts from CMI or are providing cost sharing funds. Requirements include specific research project deliverables within the entity's areas of expertise, based on a scope of work and a negotiated budget, including cost-share as applicable, as approved by the CMI Advisory Board and Director. This level of participation is required to sign CMI's Master Non-disclosure Agreement and the Intellectual Property Management Plan (IPMP).  Industrial TEAM members will have representation on the Industry Council. (Link to current TEAM Members)

CMI Affiliate Member: CMI Affiliates will be informed about CMI research outcomes and provide intput to CMI. Benefits of being an Affiliate are based on level of membership, either full or observing. Each member organization pays an annual membership fee based on the organization size and type, and signs a Membership Agreement. The majority of membership fees will be used to fund research projects proposed by the Full member Affiliates and to cover operating expenses of the Affiliates Program.  Full Member Affiliates can be a mentor for chosen research projects. (Link to current CMI Affiliate Members)

CMI Associate Member: CMI Associates may use the unique capabilities and expertise of the CMI for a specific project, using DOE-approved contractual mechanisms, such as a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) or a Strategic Partnership Project (SPP) agreement (formerly Work for Others).


Membership Fee

The Annual Membership Fee is based on size of organization and level of membership:

CMI Membership Fee Structure
Annual Membership Fee Full Affiliate Observing Affiliate
Large Entities (>= 500 employees or members)* $36,000 $18,000
Small Entities (<500 employees or members)*, Government, Universities and Not-for-Profit $6,000 $3,000
Start-Ups (< 5 years old, have not completed an IPO) $1,000 $500

*Research societies and industry trade groups can join as Affiliates, but CMI membership benefits do not flow down to a society's members.

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