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Cornell University

Spring 2023 CAT Grant Call for Proposals

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

This call for proposals seeks collaborative applied research between eligible Cornell University principal investigators from New York State campuses (as described by Cornell Research Services) and New York State for-profit company partners that will lead to an eventual commercialized biotechnology product or service, with quantifiable economic impact within the State.

We will be making grants in many life sciences fields, 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 will be evaluated based on 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

Mandatory committed cost share at a minimum of a 1:1 match of CAT grant funds and NYS for-profit company partner funds is required. Additional sources of support are permitted, but may not be used towards the NYS company cost share.

Application deadline is 5:00 pm on March 31, 2023, with an anticipated project start date of July 1st, 2023.

Supplement Option: An additional $5,000 award supplement is available for materials and materials-related support provided by the Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR), A budget and justification should be included in your application.

Further details about the CAT grant program are available on the CIB website at: Previously funded projects can be found at:

Application Instructions:

All application materials to be submitted via the Cornell Institute of Biotechnology NYS Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) Grant Competition InfoReady platform found here

More detailed guidance for each application component can be found in the InfoReady submission portal.

Proposals are to be brief and extensive documentation is not necessary, so only a few key references should be cited. A letter of intent from the company collaborator is a required attachment.