Institute of Uplift

Also called Institute for Uplift. One of the most powerful Galactic Institutes.

Regulates all affairs dealing with the uplift of species. It's stipulated that clients must be able to pilot starships, exercise judgement and logic, and be capable of becoming Patrons someday. It oversees all Ceremonies of Adoption for aquiring a new species, and all Uplift Ceremonies.

The Institute of Upflift is often challenged by powerful clan leaders like the Tandu.

Sources: Contacting Aliens, an Illustrated Guide to David Brin's Universe.