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Customer Discovery and Commercialization Support

Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) Awards

The Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) program supports entrepreneurial development for life scientists and biotechnology industries in New York State. It is funded and designated by NYSTAR.

The CAT awards are administered through the Center for Life Science Enterprise / Center for Advanced Technology (CAT), under the Institute of Biotechnology at Cornell University. Cornell faculty and senior research associates who have support from a New York State industry partner may apply. A CAT grant can match their support up to $50K for one year. The essence of this competitive grant program is that the funding can help to advance an early stage life science technology, moving it closer to commercialization.

UNY I-Corps Node

NSF I-Corps gives researchers the opportunity to combine their strong technical and scientific knowledge with an entrepreneurial mindset, with the goal of discovering new technologies that can be developed for market.

The Upstate New York I-Corps Node combines the experience of the nation’s top university R&D region with the entrepreneurial knowledge of experienced mentors and faculty. The Node acts as a hub for commercialization training in the Northeast, connecting skilled researchers to valuable resources through national and regional I-Corps programming.

NEXUS New York

NEXUS-NY is a clean energy seed accelerator. Each year we provide financial, business and educational support to 10 entrepreneurial teams which are selected through a competitive application process. Program participants are eligible to receive up to $75,000 of equity-free financial support plus additional services from NEXUS-NY mentors and partner organizations.

NEXUS-NY is open to researchers from throughout New York State who have completed basic research within the field of clean energy and who have yet to commercialize the resulting technology. The program is open to any technology that will generate clean energy or assist the end consumer to reduce carbon emissions.

Prototyping Assistance

Scale Up and Prototyping Awards

Cornell Engineering is offering up to $40,000 to engineers looking to advance their research toward establishing a proof-of-concept or functioning prototype, securing an industrial partner and funding for continued research, or licensing a technology to a startup or established company. If the effort proves to be successful during a 3 to 6-month period, funding recipients would be eligible for subsequent support.

Technology Acceleration and Maturation Fund

The objective of the CTAM Fund is to provide critical funding to bridge the translation gap and mature technologies to reach the next inflection points for commercialization and venture creation.