Frequently Asked Questions

CCALS: Empowering you through world class logistics
What is CCALS?

CCALS is the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Logistics Systems. It is an applied research center that bridges the gap between fundamental research that is typically performed at universities and product development that is routinely performed by companies. The goal of CCALS is to accelerate the transition of technologies from fundamental developments through proof of concept and onto commercialization. CCALS also focuses technology developments on solving problems of practical importance and relevance to industry and government. CCALS brings together companies and public agencies from multiple industrial sectors that have common technology interests and connects them with the research capabilities of world class universities. CCALS provides an industry led, university implemented applied research capability that is focused on providing technological solutions.

What is the applied research focus of CCALS?

At CCALS, industry and world class universities will collaboratively leverage expertise, resources and experience to solve logistics problems with new, breakthrough solutions. Industry will determine the center’s research roadmap, and universities will apply proven capabilities across a range of core logistics functions, including:

  • Large-scale systems and financial engineering.
  • System dependability, reliability, security and trust.
  • Human factors (demographics, workforce, behaviors and processes).
  • Supply chain and risk management.
  • System dependability, reliability, security and trust.
  • Modeling and simulation.
  • Large-data management, integration and analytics.
  • Enterprise systems integration, application and customization.

In all of these areas CCALS focuses on a thorough and practical understanding of the fundamentals, the development of technologies and processes that solve problems of industrial importance, the transfer of the technologies into industrial applications, and the solution of practical problems encountered by industry.

What are the research objectives of CCALS?

CCALS is focused on the development of new and advanced solutions that will optimize logistics efficiency, reduce costs and maximize the value of logistics systems. The CCALS applied research evaluates and assesses logistics systems to understand the relationship between process parameters and the interaction between the many subsystems (transportation, technology, human) that make logistics work.

What is CCALS' legal structure?

CCALS is a Virginia non-stock corporation that has been determined to be tax-exempt for federal income tax purposes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

What is the organizational structure of CCALS?

Organizing University Members and Organizing Industry Members have the right to designate a representative on the Board of Directors.

CCALS is operated by a Board of Directors that provides oversight, elects officers, approves budgets, establishes operational policies and bylaws, and has overall oversight over the corporation.

How is CCALS funded?

CCALS is funded primarily by annual membership fees paid by industrial members. CCALS will also be funded by research grants and contracts that will be obtained from federal and state government organizations as well as CCALS member corporations.

How does an organization work with CCALS?

One of our hallmarks is our willingness to be available for informal problem solving. If you feel that our broad skill sets might be useful to your organization, please call or email. We are eager to have a conversation about your goals and how we can help, and if it appears we are a good fit, we can work from there.

If you want to move to a more formal relationship, you may be interested in looking at our membership options.

What types of memberships does CCALS have?

Membership types include Organizing Industry Members, Organizing University Members, Tier 1 Industry Members, Tier 2 Industry Members, Tier 3 Industry Members and Government Associates. The Organizing University Members are Longwood University, the University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Old Dominion University and Virginia State University. CCALS is still accepting Organizing Industry Members.

How is Directed Research Funded?

Each Organizing Industry Member and Tier 1 Industry Member may allocate 50% of its annual Membership Fee to support its Directed Research. Directed Research is performed exclusively for the Member and the results are owned exclusively by the Member. Organizing Industry Members and Tier 1 Industry Members may also elect to provide additional funds in excess of their annual membership fee to support additional Directed Research.

How is Generic Research Funded?

The Tier 2 Industry Member fees, 50% of all Organizing Industry Member fees and 50% of all Tier 1 Industry Member fees are dedicated to the support of Generic Research. Generic Research is for the benefit of all Organizing University Members, Organizing Industry Members, Tier I Industry Members and Tier II Industry Members. Generic Research projects are collaboratively selected by the CCALS Technical Advisory Council and recommended to the CCALS Industry Operations Board for approval of funding.

Where is CCALS located?

CCALS will locate a state-of-the-art, collaborative research center just south of Richmond in the heart of a Central Virginia region increasingly powered by logistics and logistics-related companies.

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CCALS offers its partners a unique advantage: World class logistics research and resources.