Mission of the Center for Advanced Technology (CAT)

To provide opportunity and infrastructure linking academic research with commercial interests to facilitate commercialization of life sciences inventions that grow the New York State economy.

In partnership with New York companies, the Cornell CAT supports research and development programs for Cornell faculty members in many diverse disciplines in the life sciences including biological and physical sciences, human and veterinary medicine, agriculture, environment, and engineering. The CAT offers funding training, and programs for Cornell life science researchers to develop biotechnologies with commercial potential, and promotes partnerships with New York State companies. Each year, there is a call for proposals to be submitted by Cornell life science faculty and senior research associates for competitive funding for the period July 1 to June 30 of the following year.

What is Cornell Unversity's CAT?

Cornell University's CAT is one of 15 CATs in New York State designated and funded through NYSTAR/ESD by New York State tax payer dollars. Each CAT has a particular science focus area for funding within their university. Cornell's CAT is specifically called the Center for Life Science Enterprise, and it resides under the auspices of the Institute of Biotechnology since 1983.  

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CAT Awards

CAT awards are administered through the Center for Life Science Enterprise / Center for Advanced Technology (CAT). CAT proposals between faculty on the Cornell campus in Ithaca, NY, the campus in Geneva, NY, and/or the Weill Cornell Medical College campus in NYC, and multi-investigator CAT proposals between scientists in different disciplines, are encouraged. Applicants must have a genuine collaboration with New York State industry that can have potential significant impact on the economic development in the State of New York. The general maximum dollar amount of CAT matching funds for a single investigator project is $75,000 per year.


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Obligations of funding receipt

  • Three PowerPoint slides containing images devoted to the concept, innovation and impact of your project, suitable for use in promotional brochures or in case of media requests.
  • A brief Project Update in mid-January summarizing activities to the end of December.
  • A Final Report at the end of the project period.
  • PI presentation at the annual June CAT end-of-year event based on this template.
  • Please note that you will be asked to ensure your company collaborators complete annual economic impact reporting, for at least three years beyond the termination of the project.