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Request for proposals

We do not plan to accept proposals for 2021. We will announce any changes on this page.


  • January: Request for proposals are sent in January.
  • March: CAT applications are normally due in March. PIs are invited to submit proposals for consideration in the grant competition.
  • April: A panel decides the winners.
  • May: The awardees are announced.

The funding period runs from July 1 until June 30 of the following year.

Who can apply?

  • Cornell faculty
  • Senior research associates

The CAT shares Cornell University commitment to promote equity, inclusion, and diversity, and offer applicants equal opportunities regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geographic region, and more.


  1. The CAT grants require collaborative applied research between a Cornell faculty member and New York State (NYS) company partner.
  2. The Cornell CAT funds projects with potential for applications in the area of life science technology.
  3. A letter of commitment including the specified funding contribution by the NYS company (to be matched by a CAT grant, if awarded).
  4. Outcomes of awarded projects should lead to quantifiable economic impacts in NYS.
If you don't have a company partner, we can help you identify possible matches.

Projects in the field of life sciences

The Cornell CAT covers proposals for research and development activities in most areas of life sciences. This includes, for example, projects in the fields of:

  • Bioengineering
  • Diagnostic and detection technologies
  • Medical devices
  • Therapeutics
  • Animal health
  • Agriculture

Studies that use our core facilities are especially welcome.

If you are not sure whether your project may be a good fit a CAT grant, contact us.

Email or call 607.255.3374

Note: The proposed work may be related to ongoing work, but it must not duplicate projects funded elsewhere.