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 $75K 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.

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 $50,000 per year.

Call for Proposals

Please read the request for proposals (RFP).  Instructions and forms for the CAT proposals are available here.  The CAT funding awards require collaborative applied research and technology transfer with industry that will lead to quantifiable economic impact in New York State. We encourage new faculty to apply with innovative projects that might be of future interest to industry and to collaborate with potential industrial partners when preparing the proposal. Investigators are encouraged to seek feedback and advice from Institute staff to help identify potential industrial partners or to facilitate proposal preparation. 

Project application and funding timeline

Request for proposals is disseminated in January. CAT applications are due in March. A panel decides the winners, who are announced in May. The funding period runs from July 1 until June 30 of the following year.

NOTE: Due to COVID-19's impact on schedules, our revised proposal deadline is May 15, 2020.

Sciences supported by the Cornell CAT include

Agricultural biotechnologies, biomedical engineering, computational biology, medical and veterinary diagnostics, fiber sciences, biophysics, and more. Contact us with quesitons. 


Some of our New York State Company Collaborators


Contact Marla Coppolino, Director of Business Development and Outreach for Cornell University's CAT, for a discussion of your project and to see whether it may be a good fit a CAT award: