Decay Test at Peavy

How the Co-op Works


The UPRC functions with OSU and our cooperators each taking on individual and mutual responsibilities to achieve the coop objectives. Below you will find each parties responsibilities as agreed upon by OSU and its cooperators, you will also find information pertaining to membership in the coop.


OSU Responsibilities 

  1. OSU provide's overall leadership and coordination of UPRC actions, with advising from our cooperators, such functions will include:

    1. Identify research needs and set priorities

    2. Plan and implement research projects

    3. Analyze, interpret, and report the results of UPRC studies

    4. Serve as liaison to various organizations and individuals with expertise in utility pole technology and other pertinent interests

    5. Provide leadership for the UPRC Steering Committee

    6. Schedule and moderate periodic meetings of the UPRC Steering Committee

    7. Utilize the financial, professional, and material resources available to the UPRC program in a cost-effective manner

    8. Ensure that all UPRC activities comply with legal, regulatory, and administrative requirements

  2. Provide a forum for an exchange of information

    1. Serve as a focal point regarding the exchange of information on wood poles

    2. Publish and distribute the results of UPRC sponsored scientific experiments in an appropriate manner

    3. Produce an annual report summarizing the accomplishments of the UPRC program

  3. Provide scientific expertise in suppor of UPRC objectives

    1. Provide sound experimental methods for UPRC studies

    2. Ensure a high degree of quality control and uniformity in the installation, measurement and analysis of UPRC studies

    3. Provide documentation to improve public understanding of wood pole issues


Cooperator Responsiblities

  1. Serve in an advisory capacity for items such as program direction and emphasis, level of support, compatibility with other research programs, resolution of conflicts and other general issues

  2. Provide technical suggestions for pursuing UPRC objectives

  3. Provide logistical support (such as chemicals, analytical services or materials) for installing and evaluating UPRC studies. Such assistance will be negotiated on a study-by-study basis so that a firm commitment by all parties involved is assured. If necessary, supplemental agreements or contracts will be prepared which specify the type and amount of assistance offered

  4. Provide financial support in the form of contributions. All individual industry contributions are to be equal and not less than $15,000 per utility cooperator per year or $7,500 per chemical company, inspection agency, or other associate member per year. The cooperators may increase the amount of future contributions at the annual meeting of the UPRC Steering Committee. All annual payments shall be subject to an indirect cost rate of 13% on total direct costs. This rate is subject to change at future renewals but shall always be at or below one-half of the OSU Off-Campus indirect cost rate for administering outside grants and contracts (currently 26%).

  5. Maintain the integrity of research plot installations where necessary until the studies have been completed

  6. Permit the use of study sites for visits, tours and demonstration areas which are directed and arranged by OSU (Subject to the permission and sole discretion of the cooperator)

  7. One payment will be made annually by the cooperator. OSU will issue an invoice on March 1 each year. Payments must include the invoice number, and will be mailed within 120 days of invoice receipt

Mutual Responsibilities

  1. Provide technical guidance and support to meet UPRC objectives

  2. Provide and exchange information where necessary to meet requirements for experimentation and documentation

  3. Foster a spirit of cooperation toward achieving the objectives of the UPRC program


There are two types of membership in the co-op, Regular Members and Associate Members, both membership types grant access to UPRC information, however, there are additional benefits/limitations relating to each type. Read on to find the right membership type for your organization.

Regular Membership:

Utility companies who contribute $15,000 annually. They may also contribute support materials such as poles for testing purposes. Regular members have representation on Steering and Scientific Advisory Committees, access to all UPRC information, and intellectual property advantages such as review of information for patenting and favored royalty status (favored royalty status means that OSU will not license to other parties in terms more favorable than to cooperators).

Associate Members:

Chemical companies, inspection agencies, and other entities who serve the utility industry and who contribute $7,500 per year. They have access to UPRC generated information, but no advantages with respect to licensing of products. They may serve on the Steering or Scientific Advisory Committees where they contribute to discussion, but do not have voting rights. Associate Membership is offered at the discretion of the Regular Members, and requires approval by a majority vote of the Steering Committee. Associate Membership must be renewed by voting at the start of each five-year operating period of the UPRC. Associate Members who cease to make significant contributions to the UPRC may be removed at any time by a vote of the majority of the Regular Members. Membership is open to any firm or public agency.