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The Copper Development Association (CDA), and International Copper Association (ICA) are pleased to announce creation of the Copper Innovation Center (CIC).

The mission of the CIC is to create and manage copper-related research and development programs through partnerships among federal, state, industry, academia and private R & D institutions. The copper industry has partnered with various federal agencies, universities, non-profits, and companies to explore and demonstrate the uses of copper in electrical conductivity (for energy efficiency), antimicrobial properties (to reduce and control the spread of infectious diseases), and anticorrosion, and looks to develop new technologies and uses of copper. Continued research into the health, safety and environmental aspects of copper will also be a key research target. Consolidation of this existing research under a single entity and expanding the work to encompass a wider array of opportunities will help derive more benefit from the otherwise disparate research and development.

The CIC will pursue both basic and applied research projects, with the bulk of the funding and effort dedicated to applied research that is most likely to yield game-changing results for the federal government and industry stakeholders. The Center will promote near-term application-oriented technology development will serve the U.S government by making copper-related technologies, technical information, and its research and development network directly accessible.