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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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 and Virginia State University.

What are the benefits of being an Organizing Industry Member?

Organizing Industry Members are engaged at the beginning of CCALS development and can influence its initial organization, management, vision, and plans. Organizing Industry Members are granted the right to appoint one voting member to the CCALS Board of Directors. All members of the CCALS Board of Directors are eligible to be elected Chair of the Board. The Board of Directors will have overall responsibility for CCALS including election of CCALS officers, approval of budgets, development of strategic plans, and approval of new CCALS members. Organizing Industry Members also receive all of the additional rights and privileges provided to all Tier 1 Industry Members.

What are the benefits of being a Tier 1 Industry Member?

Organizing Industry Members and Tier 1 Industry Members are each granted the right to appoint one voting member to the CCALS Industry Operations Board and the CCALS Technical Advisory Council. The Industry Operations Board provides the daily oversight of the CCALS while the Technical Advisory Council provides the technical vision and guidance for CCALS. Specifically, the Technical Advisory Council will create a technology roadmap for CCALS and will recommend research to be undertaken. The Industry Operations Board will approve research projects, oversee hiring of research staff, and provide general oversight of the CCALS facilities, organization, and activities.

Organizing Industry Members and Tier 1 Industry Members are given the right to participate in both Directed Research and Generic Research. Directed Research is that research performed by CCALS exclusively under the direction of, and for the benefit of, one specific CCALS Organizing Industry Member or Tier 1 Industry Member. CCALS works with the Member to create a research team that will be dedicated exclusively to the Directed Research of that Member. The results of Directed Research are owned exclusively by the Member that funds the Directed Research.

Generic Research is that research performed for the shared benefit of all Organizing University Members, Organizing Industry Members, Tier I Industry Members and Tier II Industry Members. The CCALS Technical Advisory Council will recommend to the CCALS Industry Operations Board the Generic Research that will be performed. All Organizing University Members, Organizing Industry Members, Tier I Industry Members and Tier II Industry Members will have non-exclusive, perpetual, royalty-free rights to the results of Generic Research.

What are the benefits of being a Tier 2 Industry Member?

Tier 2 Industry Members access the results of the CCALS generic research pool and capitalize on the networking opportunities within the CCALS environment. Tier 2 members elect one representative to serve on CCALS’ Industrial Operations Board and one to serve on the Technical Advisory Council. These committees oversee daily operations and develop the CCALS research roadmap.

What are the benefits of being a Tier 3 Industry Member?

Tier 3 members make applicable “in-kind” contributions to CCALS and take advantage of the networking opportunity created by the CCALS collaborative environment. Tier 3 members elect one representative to serve on the Technical Advisory Council.

What are the benefits of being a Government Associate?

Government organizations, laboratories and agencies seeking active participation in CCALS and that can bring value to CCALS industry partners are invited to join as Government Associates. Government Associates are not asked to contribute financially, but are expected to establish Cooperative Research and Development Agreements or other formal arrangements with CCALS. Government Associates advise CCALS on technical roadmaps, workforce development programs, prospective industry and university members and other activities. In some cases, Government Associates will provide access to facilities or programs and collaborate with CCALS on economic development activities.

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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