The National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center in Coatings
The National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperation Research Center (NSF I/UCRC) program, initiated in 1973, currently sponsors over 50 centers across the nation. The NSF encourages formation of Cooperative Research Centers involving more than one Institution.
The I/UCRC in coatings has been active since 1990, and in 2000, the University of Southern Mississippi and Eastern Michigan University formed a joint Center. The people and equipment assets of the institutions are highly complementary.
The Coatings Research Center is organized and operated within NSF guidelines. While NSF provides funding for infrastructure, the major portion of funding comes from member companies and organizations.