Why partner with AIF?

The Analytical Instrumentation Facility (AIF) is the leading university materials characterization facility in the Southeastern United States. We enable access and training on state-of-the-art, high-valued instrumentation for students and researchers from industry, academia, government, and non-profits. AIF reaches widely across the university. Every day, we are training students from disciplines as diverse as materials, animal, plant, and soil science to chemical and mechanical engineering. The tools and capabilities of the AIF bring these researchers together in a dynamic, interdisciplinary environment that seeks to discover, innovate and translate technologies into society. The AIF partners with other networks like the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) and the Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network (RTNN) to run novel programs like Kickstarter, which seeks to rapidly enable initial results for new startups, small companies, and researchers from diverse disciplines and backgrounds. We also welcome countless K-12 student groups and tours of our laboratories and workshops to inspire the next-generation of scientists and engineers. This unrestricted cash donation will allow us to continue corporate engagement, improve instrumentation for research and education, and enhance our interactions with the public.

Program levels:

$2,500 annually (July-June) – Silver Level
● Company name and logo listed on the AIF website and in the AIF building hallway
● Company listed as corporate sponsor on all AIF-wide emails
● Access to AIF staff
● Rapid response to service requests
● Invitation to attend the annual Carolina Science Symposium, sponsored by AIF and RTNN, and present a company poster
● Invitation to attend AIF-wide seminars and events
● Introductory company product literature made available in AIF office spaces
● Access to non-exclusive visitor office space in AIF office suites (in Monteith Research Center, Centennial Campus), upon pre-approved request and availability

$5,000 annually – Gold Level
All of the benefits of Silver, +
● Invitation to present at the beginning of one AIF-wide seminar or event
● Company featured with short description in an email/newsletter sometime during the year
● Invitations to the Student-Company mixer at the Carolina Science Symposium
● Limited number of complimentary seats for company employees in AIF workshops
● Invitations to attend technique-specific “AIF user group meetings”
● Ability to post job openings on AIF electronic job boards