IAC-SFSU is funded by the Advanced Manufacturing Office, under the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EREE) of the Department of Energy (DOE). Since its inception in 1992, IAC-SFSU has conducted assessments at over 500 industrial facilities. The DOE grant financing the operation of the center has been recently renewed for the 2017-2021 period.
The IAC program was originally founded in 1976 (then called the Energy Analysis and Diagnostic Center program) by the Department of Commerce in response to the oil embargo and rising energy costs. It was later moved to the Department of Energy shortly after the DOE was formed in 1978. Currently, the program supports 28 IACs at participating universities nationwide.