C2B2 to offer affiliate institution partnerships
The Colorado Center for Biorefining and Biofuels (C2B2) will invite prominent public and private universities and non-profit research organizations to become affiliate partners of C2B2. Through these affiliations, C2B2 seeks to promote inter-university and inter-state collaborations for the development of renewable and sustainable biorefining and biofuels.
Affiliate membership will permit premier domestic and international universities, as well as non-profit organizations to engage in C2B2 Center research and education programs, including the Center’s innovative research seed grants, professional short courses, postdoctoral and graduate fellowships, and undergraduate research experience. Affiliates will also partake in semi-annual meetings and interact with the Center’s 22 existing corporate sponsors. Private entities currently working with an affiliate institution will also have the opportunity to work with the Center.
C2B2’s sponsor diversity currently includes large corporations like Chevron Technology Ventures, ConocoPhillips, Kimberly-Clark, General Motors, Shell Global Solutions, and Valero Services, as well as small businesses such as Gevo, Mascoma Corp., and ZeaChem, in additional to international and local companies. Existing and new corporate sponsors will benefit from the expanding body of academic expertise within the Center through joint private- and government-funded research projects.
“The addition of affiliate institutions to C2B2’s umbrella structure provides unparalleled opportunities for new and existing research partners to network,” says Dr. Alan Weimer, C2B2 Executive Director. “Likewise our corporate members will benefit from the ability to fund sponsored research projects with a greater diversity of partners.”