Proprietary research is conducted by the IIT faculty, staff scientists and engineers. This work is usually relatively short term special contract projects which have immediate commercial impact for the client. Pre- approved non-disclosure agreements and research service form agreements are used to expedite the process which is facilitated through the IFSH Director of Business Development, Armand Paradis. The Center Director for Processing Innovation, Dr. Alvin Lee and The Center Director for Nutrition Research serve as the science point of contacts. IFSH members receive special pricing and project resource priorities. Any aggregate of IFSH industry members can also request the formation of a research project consortium which can provide the necessary level of business confidentiality and intellectual property language in the agreement.