Benefits of Collaboration

Cutting Edge Research with Low Overhead

University research requires a substantially lower investment than industrial research. Not having enough resources to research a project adequately is a common issue in product development. By becoming an Industrial Member, you are not only linked to researchers that are top in their field, you also have the opportunity to request targeted research in an area of interest to your organization.

Funding Opportunities

University partnerships, that are made possible through ALERT membership, continue to help create grant winning, collaborative teams. Membership ensures that you are informed of the latest calls for proposals that your organization could leverage. Our industrial liaisons work with you to help create the strongest team for your proposal to place you in a position for success.

Establish New Business Partnerships

Joining ALERT partners you with innovative organizations and technologies that would otherwise be unavailable without a large investment of time and money. Through networking events, our Research and Industrial Collaboration Conference, and working with our industrial liaisons, you will be able to create valuable linkages with other companies.

Workforce Development

One of the benefits of membership is direct access to our exemplary, award winning students through conferences, networking events, and research partnerships. Over 70% of our graduating students are hired by industrial members and typically excel in their positions. Members also have the opportunity to place current employees in specialized graduate programs that focus on leadership and real-world research topics. Partnering with ALERT, allows you to get the edge in a competitive market.

Customizable Membership

Choose what your contribution funds. Our customizable membership gives you multiple ways to partner with the center. Opt to fund targeted research, gain access to the Kostas Center (Northeastern University’s secure research facility), have experts lead a specialized seminar at you institution, back the higher education of a current employee or all of the above. This structure allows for each industrial partner to customize their membership with the center in a way that benefits them the most.


A winning partnership

ALERT assists Industrial Partners in finding academic experts and organizations to create teams that win competitive proposals.

Innovation Fast Track

EXCLUSIVE TO CENTER MEMBERS: Log in to explore your Innovation Fast Track, an online portal that gives you one-stop access to center researchers, funding opportunities, exclusive events and more.

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Student Central

Students, get connected with Industry Partners, find out about research and volunteer opportunities within ALERT, or get advice on how to best showcase your work at Student Central.

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The Partnership

ALERT is led by Northeastern University (NEU) and includes three key academic strategic partners: Boston University, Purdue University, and University of Rhode Island (URI).

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