The Center for Hybrid Multicore Productivity Research (CHMPR) is an NSF funded Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC) which is in year 6 of a potential 15 year award. CHMPR has developed long-term partnerships among industry, academe, and government. CHMPR partners with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), the University of Utah (UU) and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).The National Science Foundation (NSF) provide base operational funding to each of the University partners. CHMPR is primarily supported by industry center members, with NSF taking an oversight role in the development and evolution of CHMPR. Each center (UMBC, UCSD and UU) is expected to maintain a minimum number of industry members to be eligible for NSF support. All I/UCRCs have a standard membership agreement approved by NSF that entails IP rights and allows for collaboration among partnering universities and potential collaboration with other I/UCRCs.

Once an industry and/or government agency signs the membership agreement, they automatically become a member of the CHMPR Industry Advisory Board that reviews and approves university proposals with the membership funds. Members of CHMPR review all proposals and are exposed to all project progress results presented at the semi annual IAB meetings. The proposed projects conduct research that is of interest and relevance to both the industry members and the center faculty. Thus, an I/UCRC contributes to the nation’s research infrastructure base and enhances the intellectual capacity of the engineering and science workforce through the integration of research and education. When relevant, CHMPR participates in international I/UCRC collaborations with NSF approved funding subject to the same membership agreements to advance research goals within the global context.

Collectively, CHMPR is currently supporting 20 industrial and government memberships and support to 12 faculty members (including its 3 directors), 7 research staff, 8 doctoral students, 12 master degree students, 6 undergraduate students, 1 REV student, and 4 REU students. This collaboration has produced outcomes that include 4 bachelor’s, 14 master’s, and 10 doctoral degrees, more than 60 publications, and 25 presentations of research between 2009-2014.

CHMPR Funding Structure

NSF provides base funds for CHMPR via I/UCRC grants

Base grant to each participating university site for infrastructure costs

Industry and govt. partners support CHMPR through memberships

Each membership is associated with ONE university. Partners may hold multiple memberships (supporting multiple students) at one or multiple sites

Membership Fee: $45K per annum and small businesses $20K.

Base cost of a graduate student for one year includes stipend, tuition, insurance and related expenses incl. ODC is <60K

Each university supplements costs of CHMPR operations
45% university matching of industry membership fees by reducing ODCs on membership fees to 10%
CHMPR funding leverage is greater than 3:1.

The following NSF I/URC grants make the base funds for CHMPR:

Fundamental Research Program for Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers FRP
Cooperative Opportunity for Research Between I/UCRCs CORBI
Research Experiences for Undergraduates REU/ Research Experiences for Veterans REV
The NSF Innovation Corps ICORPS
Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry GOALI
Rapid Response Research and Real time response to natural disasters RAPID
Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity PFI:BIC
Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research PFI:AIR
Visit the Membership page for a complete list of the members of CHMPR.

CHMPR IAB Membership Benefits

Research, collaboration and oversight:

  • Selection of project topics that membership resources support
  • Direct influence over cutting-edge research of prime interest
  • NSF reporting & IAB reviews on semiannual formal basis
  • Rapid transfer of results from projects to all sites of CHMPR

Leveraging Resources and Synergy:

  • Access to university research labs with world-class facilities
  • Highly leveraged and synergistic pool of multicore computing resources
  • Cost-effective R&D in today’s budget-tight environment, ideal for Return on Investment (ROI)

Personnel and Recruitment:

  • Access to strong cadre of faculty, students, post-docs
  • Strong pool of students with experience for internships with industry
  • Offering of computational science curricula, theory and practice

NSF supplemental support may include collateral programs such as a Cooperative Opportunity for Research Between I/UCRCs (CORBI) project, whereby two or more Centers and their industrial members engage in a cooperative research project of interest to all parties (with NSF and industry sharing costs). Through programs such as GOALI (Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry), fellowships are offered to Center faculty, whereby the faculty member can spend time in a corporate research lab or factory, again with NSF sharing the cost. The NSF ICORPS program encourages start up business ideas by offering an extensive set of training lectures and exercises. The IUCRC program offers funding opportunities for Partnership For Innovation in collaboration with industry members in such areas as building capacity, accelerating research or technology transfer. (Learn more) about the National Science Foundation (NSF) and how Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC) operate.

*Memberships are paid/pending/renewed

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