Internet2 membership opens the door to an active community that accelerates research discovery, advances national and global education, and improves the delivery of public services.
The Internet2 community is a fabric woven of connections between countries, regions, states, institutions and individuals. Our ranks include leading U.S. universities, corporations, government agencies, and not-for-profit networking organizations, as well as international partners. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Internet2 membership is divided into four levels for categories of membership other than Higher Education, based on annual operating budgets for Affiliate members and annual revenues for Industry members. A member’s level determines its annual membership dues and network participation fees. The annual Sustaining Contribution of Higher Education members is established on a scale-based approach. Learn more about the scale-based method for Higher Education members. The following levels are for other categories of membership.
Includes Affiliate members with annual operating budgets greater than $1 billion and Industry members with annual revenues greater than $1 billion.
(Historically included Higher Education members with Carnegie Classification of High Research Activity (RU/H); this level is not presently used.)
Includes Research and Education Network members, Affiliate members with annual operating budgets greater than $100 million and less than $1 billion and Industry members with annual revenues that are greater than $10 million and less than $1 billion.
Includes Affiliate members with annual operating budgets less than $100 million and Industry members with annual revenues less than $10 million. This level of membership is primarily designed for small non-profit organizations and small industry start-ups.
Internet2 members are categorized by organization type: Higher Education, Research and Education Network, Affiliate, Federal Affiliate, and Industry. Membership dues and network participation fees are determined by membership category and level for all categories except Higher Education, and by institutional scale factors for Higher Education members. Members also designate member representatives who work with Internet2 in a variety of different ways to ensure Internet2 membership delivers maximum value.
U.S. institutions of higher education are the core of Internet2’s membership.
Internet2 was brought into existence to address the need for U.S. higher education institutions to work together to design and provide mission-critical technology-mediated services required to advance all aspects of their academic and service missions. This continues to be vitally important today and into the foreseeable future.
The services implemented through Internet2 are such that no single institution could possibly provide them on its own and that no one other than the academic community itself will provide in the ways needed. The needs for these transformational services typically have been driven by the needs of advancing research, and this collaborative creation of services led mainly by research universities.
With the broadening of global-networked-digital-driven collaborative scholarship into all fields, Internet2 membership has broadened as well. Internet2 welcomes to its Higher Education membership any not-for-profit, postsecondary degree-granting institution of higher education that is (a) accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency as determined by the U.S. Secretary of Education, and (b) legally organized and chartered as a higher education institution in one of the U.S. states, districts, or territories, even if its principle location or campus for conducting its academic mission is not located in one of the U.S. states, districts, or territories.
Higher Education members are required to establish a connection to the Internet2 Network and encouraged to do this through a regional Research and Education Network member/connector. Higher Education members are also expected to remain in membership over time (a collaborative community needs durable members) and engage in Internet2 programs and services in multiple ways (i.e., not to join for just one reason or a single member benefit).
Higher Education members pay an annual Sustaining Contribution (SC) that represents a combination of membership dues and network participation fees. A member’s SC is determined by two institutional scale factors, research expenditures and total expenditures. Members or prospective members should contact membership@Internet2.edu to learn more about their SC and member benefits.
Research & Education Networks
Research and Education Networks include nonprofit organizations that are sub-state, state or multi-state in scope and have a principal mission to provide network infrastructure and services primarily to the research and education community. Read more about the R&E Network Membership category, including definition, fees and policies.
Non-profit organizations that are research- and/or education-oriented, with a strong interest in Internet2’s mission and goals. They are committed to being an integral part of the collaborative community that supports Internet2’s mission and goals. Non-profit organizations wishing to apply for Collaboration Site Status (i.e., having a connection to the Internet2 Network) must meet the same requirements as Higher Education members.
Federal government departments, agencies, laboratories and other like units. Internet2’s Federal Affiliates share in promoting and benefitting from Internet2’s mission and goals, and frequently are collaborators with Higher Education members, provide vitally important national data sources for scholarship, and have major research and scholarship efforts of their own.
For-profit organizations that are committed to promoting the development and deployment of advanced research and education network applications and services and other applications and services developed and operated by Internet2, as well as those that utilize the Internet2 Network in the course of conducting research in collaboration with the Internet2 community. Internet2 Industry members make significant contributions to the Internet2 member community and share a commitment to its mission and goals.
Internet2 annual membership dues and network participation fees vary by member category and participation level. Please contact email@example.com if you have any questions about membership dues or network participation fees.
System membership arrangements are available effective 2014 to streamline Internet2 membership for multiple campuses belonging to the same system of higher education. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the system membership option, as applicability and pricing vary depending on the characteristics of the system.
In 2017 Internet2 begins a transition from its current Carnegie-classification basis for Higher Education fee setting (dues and network participation fees) to a scale-based approach. Learn more about the scale-based method and please contact email@example.com if you have any questions about these changes.
2016 Membership Dues and Fees
|Level 1 member category||Dues||Fee||Total|
|Higher Education||$ 36,960||$ 56,000||$ 92,960|
|Affiliate||$ 33,600||$ 26,000||$ 59,600|
|Industry||$ 33,600||$ 26,000||$ 59,600|
|“Non-connected” (Affiliate and Industry)||$ 33,600||N/A||$ 33,600|
|Level 2 member category||Dues||Fee||Total|
|Higher Education||$ 35,112||$ 24,700||$ 59,812|
|Level 3 member category||Dues||Fee||Total|
|Specialized Med & System Offices||$ 33,264||$ 23,400||$ 56,664|
|Doctoral Research||$ 24,948||$ 23,400*||$ 48,348|
|Masters Large Program||$ 19,958||$ 23,400*||$ 43,358|
|Research & Education Network||$ 13,125||N/A||$ 13,125|
|Affiliate||$ 30,240||$ 23,400||$ 53,640|
|Industry||$ 30,240||$ 23,400||$ 53,640|
|“Non-connected” (Affiliate and Industry)||$ 13,125||N/A||$ 13,125|
|Level 4 member category**||Dues||Fee||Total|
|Higher Education||$ 11,000||N/A||$ 11,000|
|Affiliate||$ 10,000||N/A||$ 10,000|
|Industry||$ 10,000||$ 23,400||$ 33,400|
|“Non-connected” (Affiliate and Industry)||$ 2,500||N/A||$ 2,500|
For 2017 forward, please see 2017 Membership Dues and Fees.
* The Network Participation fee is optional for members with Carnegie classification of Doctoral Research University or Master’s Program - Large in states with a U.S. UCAN (formerly SEGP) program; such members work with their regional connector organization to obtain access to the Internet2 Network.
** Level 4 members do not pay a Network Participation fee; they work directly with their regional connector organization to obtain access to the Internet2 Network.
To request an application for Internet2 membership, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include the name of the interested organization and the name and contact information of the individual requesting the membership application. When you apply, you will be asked to designate several member representatives who will work with Internet2 to ensure that you always get the most from your membership.
Thank you for your interest in Internet2 membership. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!