Sponsoring the Ptolemy Project

The Ptolemy project relies heavily on sponsorship from industry. The interaction with industry and the pressure to address problems that are considered important in industry have had a major positive impact on the project. Much of the funding for the project has come from industry. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, the following information may be useful.

Two levels of sponsorship are common:

Most industrial support for research is treated by the University as an "unrestricted gift", which means that the University waives overhead charges. Thus, the entire contribution goes to supporting the research project, and none of it goes to buildings, campus maintenance or utility expenses. Checks are made out to "The Regents of the University of California," and the cover letter should indicate that support is intended for the Project, directed by Professor Edward A. Lee.

Supporting Students

The cost of supporting a student (stipend, travel, equipment, and pro-rated portion of staff support) is approximately $40,000 per year. California companies can usually get partial matching funds from the State of California through the MICRO program. In this case, a contribution of approximately $25,000 per student is sufficient. Benefits resulting from this type of sponsorship are detailed below.

Sponsorship entails the following specific benefits (note that nonsponsors also get access to the software and publications, although usually not as promptly):

Berkeley Microelectronics Affiliates

BMA membership requires $140,000 per year. The major additional benefit (over those of supporting a student) is the right to place a resident Fellow in the department. This is a significant benefit, in that it allows for in-depth interaction and far more effective technology transfer than any other mechanism. Moreover, this is a nontrivial concession, since office space and the associated infrastructure is a particularly scarce commodity in our department. Further details of this program are provided by the Industrial Liaison Program office.


The main contact for sponsorship issues is:
Edward A. Lee                           Professor
phone: 510-642-0455                     EECS Dept., Cory Hall
fax: 510-642-2739                       University of California
email:eal@eecs.Berkeley.EDU             Berkeley, CA 94720

Last updated 05/13/97. Send comments to www@ptolemy.eecs.berkeley.edu.