CAT Awards Call for Proposals: Submission Deadline May 15, 2019
CAT Award Flyer for 2020

TO:                  Faculty in the Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Human Ecology, Engineering, Veterinary Medicine, Boyce Thompson Institute, Weill Medical College, Tech Campus, and Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar 


FROM:             Matthew DeLisa, Director, Cornell Institute of Biotechnology


DATE:              December 9, 2019 (UPDATED ON 3/16 to reflect new submission deadline of May 15, 2020)


RE:                   Call for CAT Funding Awards Proposals


We are pleased to announce our annual Center for Life Science Enterprise/Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) call for grant proposals, administered under the auspices of the Cornell Institute of Biotechnology.


The CAT grant opportunities call for collaborative applied research between Cornell University faculty members or senior research associates (of any campus) and New York State company partners that will lead to an eventual commercialized biotechnology product or service and quantifiable economic impact within the State.


We will be making grants in a variety of areas of the life sciences, including but not limited to the following:


  • Agricultural & environmental biotechnologies
  • Biochemistry/Biophysics
  • Bioengineered pest control
  • Bioremediation/Biodegradation
  • Bioinformatics/Computational biology
  • Diagnostics & detection technologies
  • Genomics/Proteomics/Metabolomics
  • Medical devices
  • Microbiome technologies
  • Nanobiotechnologies
  • Therapeutics
  • Tissue engineering
  • Vaccines & immunotechnologies
  • Veterinary technologies



Applications are evaluated for the following:


  1. Scientific merit – sound research design and methodology, innovativeness, potential for impact
  2. Market potential and commercialization pathway – demonstrate understanding of target market and its size, competing technologies, regulatory approvals needed, scale-up
  3. Economic impact – potential for job creation and revenues within New York State that could arise from your technology in the future, and approximate timelines for the impact


Instructions and forms for the CAT proposals are available at our website:


Application deadline is May 15, 2020.


This year, we offer additional funding of up to $5,000 with awarded CAT grants, towards funding of development, characterization, and/or testing of materials through Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR), . All needs and budget for materials should be explained in your application.


If your proposal is funded, you will be asked to provide a series of PowerPoint slides/images to be used as an example of the research being undertaken with CAT funding.  Awardees will also provide a brief (~150 word) report in January and a 3-page final report in June. Awardees are required to give presentations on the results of their collaboration in June of 2021. 


Marla Coppolino, CAT Director of Business Development and Outreach, is available for individual consultation with applicants to assist with questions, industry collaborations, and how to write a strong CAT proposal. Contact Marla at or (607) 254-6541.


Further details about the CAT award program are posted on

Examples of previous awards can be found at


Apologies for any cross-posting. See below for guidelines.





Matthew P. DeLisa 

Director, Cornell Institute of Biotechnology

Institute of Biotechnology