Funding & Support Policies
CTIC receives financial support from corporations, foundations, and other organizations that is vital to our continued growth and success. CTIC is committed to autonomy in our scholarship and transparency in our relationships, which harmonize with the governing policies of Penn Law and the University of Pennsylvania. These policies govern our relationships with donors and allow CTIC to fully and autonomously explore all scholarly perspectives on issues involving law and technology.
CTIC’s research funding and support policies are consistent with the University of Pennsylvania’s ethical and professional standards, which regulate financial considerations that have the potential to compromise or bias professional judgment or objectivity regarding the design, conduct, or reporting of research. Our mission requires that we engage with individuals and organizations holding a wide array of viewpoints to produce fair, impartial, and rigorous research. The center’s research is initiated and directed by faculty who are committed to maintaining the integrity of CTIC’s scholarly research and other work.
Under these policies, CTIC does not accept financial support that limits our ability to conduct independent research. This allows us to produce scholarship that is free from outside influence and consistent with Penn’s ethics and values. All corporate donors agree to provide funding free from restrictions and promised results or deliverables. Non-private entities such as foundations, NGOs, and government entities, when offering funding for sponsored research, will negotiate the terms for support with Penn’s Office of the Vice Provost for Research.
CTIC thanks its supporters:
Charter Communications, Inc.
Comcast Innovation Fund
National Science Foundation
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Verizon Communications Inc.