The COIN-OR Foundation


The COIN-OR Foundation, Inc., is a non-profit educational and scientific foundation that was formed in March 2004 to manage the COIN-OR project. The COIN-OR project was first announced publicly at the 17th International Symposium on Mathematical Programming (ISMP) conference in Atlanta in the summer of 2000. It is governed by the COIN-OR Foundation by-laws.

The mission of the COIN-OR Foundation, Inc., is to create and disseminate knowledge related to all aspects of computational operations research. To accomplish this mission, the Foundation will:

  • carry out original research, development, and publication of state-of-the-art open-source software for operations research;
  • facilitate the transfer of OR technology among research, education, and practice;
  • provide a forum for publication of open-source software for operations research created by nonmembers;
  • promote the creation of open-source software for operations research by providing infrastructure to support community-driven development;
  • increase community awareness and use of OR software tools published by the Foundation;
  • work to establish open standards for data interchange and software interoperability;
  • create and disseminate educational materials relating to computational operations research;
  • develop academic peer review processes for software publication.

Structure of the Foundation

The Foundation is run by a Strategic Leadership Board (SLB) and a Technical Leadership Council (TLC), both of whose members are elected by Full Members of the Foundation. Individual projects are managed by Project Managers, who report to the TLC.


Full Membership in the Foundation is offered to those individuals who make substantial non-monetary contributions to the work of the Foundation, typically in the form of code, documentation, or other work. Full Members elect the Strategic Leadership Board and Technical Leadership Council. Any individual may nominate another for Full Membership in the Foundation. A nomination should describe the nominee’s contributions to COIN-OR and must be seconded by two current Full Members. That’s all there is to it. Nominations are accepted at any time and should be addressed to the Chair, Membership Committee.

Corporate Membership and/or Corporate Sponsorship is available to institutions that make significant contributions (monetary or non-monetary) to the Foundation. These institutions are listed on our Corporate Members page. For more details on becoming a Corporate Member or Corporate Sponsor, please email info at coin-or dot org or contact any member of the Strategic Leadership Board.

Strategic Partners

The COIN-OR Foundation recognizes the INFORMS Computing Society (ICS) as a strategic partner, and cooperates with the ICS in a number of ways, including co-sponsorship of many conference tracks and sessions.


We are governed by the COIN-OR Foundation by-laws. A complete copy of the records of the Foundation, including by-laws and minutes, are located on the Foundation records page.