Center for Robust Decision Making on Climate and Energy Policy

Corporate Affiliates Program

RDCEP is proud to participate in the Computation Institute Corporate Affiliates Program (CAP).

The Corporate Affiliates Program is an avenue to a diverse intellectual community that applies multi-disciplinary thinking – fundamentally enabled by computation – to today’s most pressing problems.

Partnership with the Computation Institute affords corporations the advantage of access to strategic academic research and talent at a unique institution that combines leadership in computational science with application. Our unique perspectives can help corporations attain the knowledge and talent needed to solve previously intractable problems and shrink time to discovery, development, and market.


Knowledge – Affiliates have access to a wide breadth of world renowned scientists and scholars through informal discussions, consultations, and invitations to special events.

Recruitment – Membership provides expanded opportunities to recruit high quality talent.

Early Access – Affiliates have the competitive advantage of early access to cutting-edge research results typically not available within their own companies.

Connections – The intellectual community of the CI provides a unique opportunity to connect with thought leaders in research areas with direct impact to the corporate affiliate.

Resources – Affiliates may have access to CI facilities and computational resources utilized in their research program of interest.

CAP Membership Levels

We offer three levels of memberships, each providing increasing levels of access and opportunities to participate in our research.

Please contact us to discuss the level of participation that's right for your company.

Associate Member ($50,000/year)

The Associate member enjoys extensive, facilitated access to CI researchers and their work. Membership at the Associate level includes:

  • Early access to results through invitations to formal presentations, informal discussion, and early access to research manuscripts.
  • Facilitated access to research teams working in areas of interest.
  • Invitations to annual affiliate-only symposium hosted by the CI that includes research presentations, breakout sessions, and time for one-on-one interactions.
  • Opportunities to participate in organized recruiting events and informal opportunities to make connections with students of CI Fellows.
  • Access to Affiiates web site used to disseminate student resumes, research materials, contact information, and announcements.
  • Access to high-tech meeting and event space in the heart of the prestigious University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory campuses.
  • Access to specialized HPC, cloud computing, and other resources on a case-by-case basis.
  • Linked corporate logo on the CI website.

Graduate Student Sponsor ($75,000/year)

A Graduate Student Sponsor has the opportunity to form a deeper relationship with a graduate student and the student’s faculty advisor, in addition to the benefits available to Associate members. Graduate Student Sponsors provide one year of financial support for a graduate student in a CI member’s research team, and students can rotate through the fellowship annually to broaden connections between students and the Sponsor. Graduate research is carried out at the CI under the leadership of a CI Fellow, and the corporation’s name is recognized in association with the student’s relevant work.

Corporate Partner ($150,000/year)

Corporate Partners strengthen their connection with the CI on multiple levels. In addition to enjoying Associate member benefits, Partners play an advisory role in high level strategic planning for the CI. Partners are offered opportunities to delve deeply into a topic of particular interest at annual workshops, tutorials, or forums. CI web pages include a profile of the Partner and multiple linked logos, reflecting the Partner’s close association with the CI. Corporate Partners have a unique opportunity to actively participate in the CI research community by placing an employee-in-residence on a CI research team. The corporate researcher can spend up to a year on campus or Argonne working with CI members on a jointly defined research project. Employees-in-residence develop a close relationship with a specific research program as they become part of the fabric of the research team, working closely with faculty, senior research staff, and graduate students with a broad range of technical skills and domain knowledge. The Partner provides the employee’s salary, and the CI provides space and benefits typical for visiting scientists. The employee-in-residence is sponsored by a CI Fellow and research goals are jointly defined. A steering committee can be established to oversee the relationship between the CI and the Partner.


Contact us for more information or to join the program.