The Center welcomes financial support from public and private sources. The Duke University-wide Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative has provided partial support for the Center’s operation since its inception. The Center received competitive grants from the National Science Foundation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation for activities in 2016 and 2017 addressing entrepreneurship education and corporate research investment as well as funding from the University’s Office of Vice Provost for Research. Grants from Google, Intel, Microsoft, One Mind, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Qualcomm, and InterDigital have supported the Center’s conferences on drug development, the Internet, copyright, spectrum, and patent policy.



Corporate Membership

Four of the world’s leading technology companies – AT&T, Comcast, Google, and Qualcomm – provide ongoing support and advice to the Center via corporate membership. These founding corporate members have seats on our Advisory Board. Center membership is open to other organizations that value the Center’s emphasis on evidence‐based policymaking, focus on issues beyond the current election cycle, and practice of bringing all points of view to the table. Contact Stuart Benjamin, Arti Rai, or Stephen Merrill, to join or request additional information.



Ethical Guidelines

From its founding, the Center’s principals have adhered to a set of ethical standards to ensure maximum disclosure, transparency, and avoidance of bias and conflict of interest in the Center’s work. Our continuing commitment is to

  • disclose all sources of funding contributing to the conduct of any activity, production of any written product, or delivery of any oral presentation on behalf of the Center;
  • do no work commissioned and paid for by an entity or individual with a financial interest in the results of the work (even if the would-be sponsor would have had no ability to approve or disapprove the results);
  • in accepting financial contributions from for-profit entities, endeavor to ensure support from multiple sources with contrasting policy preferences;
  • disclose any personal financial relationships with for-profit, not-for-profit, or government entities concerned with the Center’s subject matter;
  • strive for replicability in any empirical research conducted under the Center’s auspices, in general by making the data, or a transparent methodology for deriving the data, available to other academics at the time of publication;
  • and make the Center’s public events open to arguments on all sides of the issues being considered.