Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR)
Centers for Advanced Technology (CAT)

Program Purpose
Centers for Advanced Technology (CAT) support university-industry collaborative research and technology transfer in commercial relevant technologies. The CAT program was created in 1983 to facilitate the transfer of technology from New York's top research universities into commercially viable products produced in the private sector. The CAT Development Program was created in 1999 to provide more resources to successful centers to expand their work with New York business.

Centers for Advanced Technology Program
To encourage greater collaboration between New York State industry and New York's universities, institutions awarded a Centers for Advanced Technology (CAT) designation under this competition shall be designated for a period of up to ten years, provided the CAT' s performance, as determined by NYSTAR, is deemed satisfactory at each annual evaluation.

The CAT Program is designed to spur technology-based applied research and economic development in New York; encourage applied research collaboration and innovation with industry; promote workforce development; better leverage State funds with investments from the federal government, industry, foundations, and not-for-profit economic development organizations; and increase the competitiveness of New York State companies.

Center for Advanced Technology Development Program
To achieve New York State' s economic development goals, the State is building on the expertise currently residing in New York. The purpose of the Centers for Advanced Technology (CAT) Development Program is to enhance and expand the capabilities of existing CAT' s that have achieved a record of success and demonstrate significant potential to increase the economic impact generated by the CAT.

The CAT Development program, along with NYSTAR' s other programs, is designed to spur technology-based research and economic development in New York; promote national and international research collaboration and innovation; and better leverage the State' s research expertise and funding with investments from the federal government, foundations, businesses, venture capital firms, and other entities.

Program Highlights

Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology
Alfred University
NYS College of Ceramics

The Center for Advanced Ceramics Technology (CACT) at the SUNY College of Ceramics at Alfred University is designated in the materials and materials processing technology focus. Ceramics play a key role in improving performance and cost effectiveness in a wide range of businesses. The CACT conduct applied research and development with industry, focusing on important emerging opportunities predicated on critical glass and ceramic components, including energy production, conversion and storage, solid state lighting, and hydrogen storage. Ceramic materials are also critical elements in systems that purify air and water.

The Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology is dedicated to providing a diverse, stable technological basis for sustainable growth of the ceramic and glass industry statewide. The CACT provides a range of technology transfer services from short-term "trouble-shooting" to long-term graduate research.

Center for Advanced Materials Processing
Clarkson University
Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP)

CAMP' s research is focused on colloids and surfaces; in particular, on the production, modification and conversion of solids for which small particles, colloidal media or surfaces play an important role in the processing or the properties of the final product.

This research is applied to industrial needs in photocopying and imaging, microelectronics with applications in chemical-mechanical planarization, materials processing, catalyst production and use, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and environmental control industries, among others.

Center for Life Science Enterprise
Cornell University
Center for Life Science Enterprise

The Cornell Center for Life Science Enterprise pursues programs in research and development, education and training, and technology transfer that address the economic development needs of New York industry. The Cornell CAT supports research and technology development programs in partnership with New York companies representing diverse disciplines including chemistry, engineering, food science, genetics, microbiology, molecular biology, plant science, and veterinary medicine.

Future Energy Systems
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Future Energy Systems

The Future Energy Systems Center for Advanced Technology will meet the energy challenges of the 21st century by focusing on smart lighting, smart displays, hydrogen fuel cells, and emerging renewable energy systems. The CAT is a consortium of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Cornell University.

Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications (CATT)
New York University
Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications (CATT)

The mission of the Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications is to bring about technology transfer, to partner with both providers and users of telecommunications and information systems, and to help them turn the latest developments in these technologies into competitive and productive resources.

Home to over 30 experts in telecommunications and information systems, CATT provides an independent, objective source of knowledge and experience through a broad-based program of research, education, consulting and business outreach.

Center for Automation Technologies and Systems
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Center for Automation Technologies and Systems (CATS)

The Center for Advanced Technology in Automation (CATS) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's focus is advanced manufacturing, centered on automation - autonomous algorithms, processes, systems and devices that improve efficiency, increase productivity, or achieve new functionalities.

The CATS focuses its research efforts in four automation application areas: manufacturing, precision, design, and information automation - with a broad range of application areas, including fuel-cell manufacturing, composite engineering, optomechatronics, thermal management, active-flow control, simulation-based design, and energy management.

The Center serves companies that span key industrial sectors, including manufacturing, energy, biotechnology, semiconductors, aerospace and defense. The research in each of these application areas is anchored by a common, holistic approach with a system-level design methodology that integrates modeling, optimization, sensing, and control. This intellectual foundation to problem solving facilitates development of generalized toolsets, tailoring them to specific applications and needs.

CAT in Medical Biotechnology
SUNY at Stony Brook
Center for Biotechnology

The CAT in Medical Biotechnology is involved in the discovery, development, translation and commercialization of promising biotechnology resulting from academic research centers around the state of New York. This ranges from diagnostics to gene discovery, medical devices to therapeutics. Our staff is focused on helping faculty add value and leverage their research down a technology development pathway to augment the technological interests of the New York bioscience industry.

The center works towards capitalizing upon the resources of New York' s academic research institutions for the purpose of economic development in New York State. The Center identifies commercially promising technologies that will lead to accelerated product development cycles, increased corporate revenues, or new company formation.

Center for Integrated Electric Energy Systems (CIEES)
Stony Brook University

The Center for Integrated Electric Energy Systems (CIEES) at Stony Brook University is designated in the energy systems technology focus with two main thrusts: electric grid technology and energy storage technology.

Goals within each thrust include:  
(i) supporting both utilities and third party providers in technologies supporting a Distribution System Platform as envisioned by the New York Public Service Commission's REV process by development , test , and validation of distribution system devices and systems;
(ii) supporting electrochemical energy storage technology industry in New York by providing support from chemistry through advanced materials analytics; and
(iii) supporting integration of energy storage technologies into the  electric grid which lies at the intersection of the two main research thrusts.

The CIEES assesses the most promising science and technical developments which may derive from the research portfolio of its partners and provide the means for a rapid prototyping and testing platforms aiming at supporting and enhancing the implementation of transformational energy efficient and clean technologies; and, accelerate energy storage and electric grid technologies through innovative programs designed to promote industry growth by supporting industry collaborations with university experts.

Integrated Electronics Engineering Center
Binghamton University
The Integrated Electronics Engineering Center (IEEC)

The Integrated Electronics Engineering Center (IEEC), which was established in 1991, pursues research in electronics packaging. This field deals with the process of bringing a semiconductor chip, with its resident circuitry, to a form that can be integrated effectively into a larger microelectronics assembly. Most electronics industry experts believe that advances in electronics performance are limited principally by the current state of the art in packaging technology. The market demands increasingly smaller products. This push for greater functional power in smaller and smaller spaces can only be met through increases in packaging density and integration levels of microchips.

Sensor CAT
SUNY at Stony Brook
Sensor CAT

The program of the Center for Advanced Technology in Diagnostic Tools and Sensor Systems (Sensor CAT) is driven by needs of NYS industries that develop, manufacture, or employ sensors. Most prominent current technical directions at the Sensor CAT include: optoelectronic sensor systems, including sensor systems for electric grid monitoring and control; sensors and energy storage devices based on carbon nanomaterials; mid-IR sources and sensor systems; superconducting sensors and electronics with ultra-low energy consumption; RF- based sensor systems; and universal sensor platforms based on energy harvesting. The Sensor CAT business strategy centers on supporting science-based start-ups, especially those that grow from university research. This support includes, in particular, universal modern prototyping facilities, assistance by the CAT's Entrepreneur-in-Residence, and the CAT's connections with NY investment community.

Center for Advanced Systems and Engineering (CASE)
Syracuse University

The Center for Advanced Systems and Engineering (CASE) catalyzes growth in the high-technology economy by fusing university-based technical competency with industry-specific knowledge in complex information systems, including predictive analysis, data fusion, data mining, cyber security, intelligent computing, modeling, communications systems and networks - any application of "big data." CASE assembles interdisciplinary academic and private sector teams to develop innovative solutions in complex behavioral, information and communication systems, and serves as a portal by which the private sector can access the resources of the University in the broad area of information technology.

CAT in Nanomaterials and Nanoelectronics (CATN2)
University at Albany
CAT in Nanomaterials and Nanoelectronics (CAT2)

The mission of the Center is to act as a research, development, education, and economic outreach resource for industries which manufacture, use, or supply microelectronics, electronics, optoelectronics, bioelectronics, nanotechnology and telecommunications devices and components.

The CAT is part of University of Albany' s Center for Environmental Sciences and Technology Management (CESTM). CESTM is part of a planned expansion which will house International SEMATECH North.

Since its founding, the Center has served as a unique setting to pioneer, develop, and test new scientific concepts and innovative technological solutions within a technically aggressive and economically competitive research and development environment. As such, the Center acts as a magnet for exploring the science and technology of future generations of devices and components, while providing novel solutions for immediate manufacturing challenges.

Center for Advanced Technology in Biomedical and Bioengineering
University at Buffalo
New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences

The University at Buffalo (UB) CAT focuses on biomedical and bioengineering translational research for development of useful products with commercial potential. By accelerating science transfer, the UB CAT will help foster the creation of new biotech start-up companies and help existing biomedical businesses expand through new or improved product lines. Programs include matching grants for mid-to-late stage development of drugs, biologics, diagnostics, devices, services, or other related products with commercial potential. The UB CAT will also offer assistance in core technologies building on the facilities, faculty and expertise available in Buffalo Niagara at UB and collaborating academic institutions in Western New York. It also offers educational programs and business development assistance, often in partnership with programs at our academic institutions and affiliated organizations.

Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences
University of Rochester
Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences (CEIS)

Jointly sponsored by the University of Rochester and the Rochester Institute of Technology, the mission of the Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences (CEIS) is to conduct applied research in the field of electronic imaging and to leverage these results for economic advantage to New York State and the nation. The long-term vision of the CEIS is to establish and maintain a leading national center for all phases of electronic imaging systems. This thereby contributes to the effort by the United States to retain its world leadership in imaging, document processing, and telecommunications.

The overall goals of CEIS include the development of new technology, technology transfer, and economic development. On-site interaction among faculty, students at all levels from undergraduate through post-doctoral, and industry participants is a key element in the Center' s programs.

CEIS has also developed a dynamic outreach program that helps small, vital businesses be competitive on a national and global scale. The outreach program also includes an active lecture, seminar and workshop series that brings scientists and engineers from industry and academia together. Here they can share ideas, learn new technology and establish important long term relationships.

The Microelectronics Design Center (MDC), part of CEIS, focuses on improving the current condition in microelectronic circuit design research and enabling the development of new and improved integrated circuits. Microelectronic elements represent integral components in the performance and improvement of innumerable products, including those related to aerospace and defense equipment, telecommunications equipment, computers and all other electronic devices such as cell phones and digital cameras.

In order to encourage greater collaboration between private industry and the universities of the state in the development and application of new technologies, the foundation is authorized to designate for advanced technology such areas as integrated electronics, optics, biotechnology, telecommunications, automation and robotics, electronics packaging, imaging technology and others identified by the foundation as having significant potential for economic growth in New York, or in which the application of new technologies could significantly enhance the productivity and stability of New York businesses. Such designations shall be made in accordance with the standards and criteria set forth in subdivision two of this section.

  1. As used in this section:

    (a) "center for advanced technology" or "center" means a university or university-affiliated research institute or a consortium of such institutions, designated by the foundation, which conducts a continuing program of basic and applied research, development, and technology transfer in one or more technological areas, in collaboration with and through the support of private business and industry; and

    (b) "applicant" means a university or university-affiliated research institute or a consortium of such institutions which request designation as a center in accordance with such requirements as are established by the foundation for this purpose.

  2. The foundation shall:

    (a) identify technological areas for which centers should be designated including technological areas that are related to industries with significant potential for economic growth and development in New York State and technological areas that are related to the enhancement of productivity in various industries located in New York State.

    (b) establish criteria that applicants must satisfy for designation as a center, including, but not limited to the following:

    (i) an established record of research, development and instruction in the area or areas of technology involved;
    (ii) the capacity to conduct research and development activities in collaboration with business and industry;
    (iii) the capacity to secure substantial private and other governmental funding for the proposed center, in amounts at least equal to the total of support sought from the state;
    (iv) the ability and willingness to cooperate with other institutions in the state in conducting research and development activities, and in disseminating research results; and to work with technical and community colleges in the state to enhance the quality of technical education in the area or areas of technology involved; (v) the ability and willingness to cooperate with the foundation and other economic development agencies in promoting the growth and development in New York State of industries based upon or benefiting from the area or areas of technology involved.
  3. (c) establish such requirements as it deems appropriate for the format, content and filing of applications for designation as centers for advanced technology.

    (d) establish such procedures as it deems appropriate for the evaluation of applications for designation as centers for advanced technology, including the establishment of peer review panels composed of nationally recognized experts in the technological areas and industries to which the application is related.

Application Process
No opportunities currently exist for competition for new Centers for Advanced Technology designations at this time.

Contact Information
For more information, contact the NYSTAR staff via NYSTARSupport@esd.ny.gov or call us at (518) 292-5700.

Additional Information
Centers for Advanced Technology Program Statute

Centers for Advanced Technology Development Program Statute