Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR)
Centers of Excellence (COE)

Program Purpose
The Centers of Excellence Program supports major upgrades of research facilities and other high technology and biotechnology capital projects, allowing colleges, universities and research institutions to secure research funding that will lead to new job creation. In total, these initiatives are expected to leverage new private sector and other contributions of more than $1 billion.

Program Highlights

Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics and Nanotechnology

The Center will be the only university-based 300-millimeter computer wafer pilot prototyping facility in the world. It will provide critical laboratory and clean room space for research, build incubator space for high-tech company spin-offs, and create a workforce development program. The Center is also home to International SEMATECH North and the Strategically Targeted Academic Research (STAR) Center for Nanoelectronics and Optoelectronics Research and Technology.

The Nanoelectronics and Optoelectronics Research and Technology Center at the University at Albany and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
The University at Albany and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute STAR Center will serve as a fully integrated, long-term, visionary research and development resource that provides the science and technology base for future generations of integrated circuitry (IC). It will target a portfolio of nanoelectronics-based products ranging from microprocessor and memory computer chips with higher functionality and complexity to the rapidly evolving areas of micro- and nanosystems-based "system-on-a-chip"(SOC) technologies including biochips, optoelectronics and photonics devices, sensors for the energy and environment, and ultra-fast communication equipment.

The cornerstone of the University at Albany/Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute STAR Center will be a 300mm wafer research and development facility. The facility will be the first 300mm platform in the world in a university setting and will allow UAlbany and RPI researchers to conduct cutting-edge IC and SOC research commensurate with emerging industry standards.

The STAR Center' s research will focus on developing nanoelectronic devices and the system architecture for such devices. It will also explore optoelectronics, wide bandgap research and application, and the development of nitride devices for several applications. In addition it will be developing SOC technologies for sensors, actuators and other electronic components and systems that assemble and package SOCs. The STAR Center will develop new product and device designs, and develop and test prototypes of products. Its work will impact companies in many of New York' s industries.

Center of Excellence in Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging (S3IP)

The Center will advance the frontiers of microelectronics research and development, specifically addressing challenges in small scale systems design, development, prototyping, process development and manufacturing for the microelectronics industry.

Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences

The NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences (CBLS)  is a hub for life sciences innovation and technology-based economic development. Leveraging our resources, we drive scientific discovery, facilitate collaboration among academia, industry and the public sector. We help companies get the funding they need to thrive, scientists gain access to world-class facilities and create employment and investment opportunities that improve human health.      


Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics (CMI)


The Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics (CMI) at the University at Buffalo will leverage University at Buffalo’s materials science and informatics expertise to drive innovation and critical Research & Development activities which directly impact private sector growth in several industries; including but not limited to, advanced manufacturing, life sciences, and energy. The Center is at the forefront of a materials and manufacturing revolution, leveraging cutting edge materials science, big data analytics, and advanced manufacturing expertise to drive critical R&D activities that directly impact private sector growth.

Center of Disease Modeling and Therapy Discovery at SUNY Buffalo

Funded by a $15 million NYSTAR grant, the Center of Disease Modeling and Therapy Discovery at SUNY Buffalo will perform leading research to identify opportunities for the development of new therapies to effectively prevent and treat disease.

The consortium that makes up the STAR Center includes Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute, Kaleida Health, SUNY Albany, and IBM. This consortium will serve as the locus for Western New York' s high throughput operations in gene expression, protein scale-up and purification, combinatorial chemistry, structural biology and pharmacogenomics, and will work with other partners across the State to strengthen the biomedical industry in New York.

The Buffalo STAR Center researchers, which include a Nobel laureate, will have six labs working together: photonics and BioMEMS, high throughput molecular target, high throughput gene expression, high throughput proteomics, molecular kinetics and disease modeling. The mission of this STAR Center will be to develop novel gene- and disease-specific drug therapies.

Smart System Technology & Commercialization Center
Greater Rochester

STC' s mission is to promote statewide, technology-led economic development through world-class smart systems' innovation. A common platform for the development and commercialization of smart systems devices is achieved by leveraging the combined resources of STC and CNSE. STC is managed and supported by the College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany.

Center of Excellence in Advanced & Sustainable Manufacturing (CoE-ASM)

The Center of Excellence in Advanced & Sustainable Manufacturing (CoE-ASM) at the Rochester Institute of Technology is to help New York State manufacturing companies improve their competitiveness through partnerships developing and deploying innovative technologies for more efficient and sustainable products and manufacturing processes. Sustainable manufacturing applies "systems thinking" to the design, distribution, production, use, and end-of-life handling of products, leading to greater energy and resource use efficiency and greener products that offer a competitive edge. The COE-ASM will develop technologies in collaboration with NY State manufacturing companies to help make their products and processes more sustainable and therefore more competitive, and to increase the number of value-added manufacturing jobs.

The research and development focus will be three fold:
1) reducing manufacturing energy intensity;
2) reducing product material and energy intensity over the life-cycle; and
3) developing smart product and process technologies to improve product and process efficiency and effectiveness. 

Center of Excellence in Data Science

The Center of Excellence in Data Science at the University of Rochester works in a unified strategy with the University of Rochester Institute for Data Sciences (IDS) to establish the region and the state as a hub for new talent and a leader in analyzing and commercializing the limitless uses of data, to improve quality of life and to fuel economic growth.  The Center builds upon University infrastructure and expertise in data science and high performance computing, while leveraging collaborations with other academic partners, industry, and government agencies to develop and deploy concepts, methods, and applications for extracting meaning from large-scale data..  The Center brings leading, highly talented researchers, engineers, and computer scientists together with the necessary resources to empower collaborations in data science across diverse fields, including but not limited to Predictive Health Analytics, Cognitive Systems, and Analytics on Demand.

Center of Excellence in Advanced Energy Research and Technology
Stony Brook

The Advanced Energy Center (AERTC) is located in the Research & Development Park at Stony Brook University and is a true partnership of academic institutions, research institutions, energy providers and industrial corporations. The Centers mission is innovative energy research, education and technology deployment with a focus on efficiency, conservation, renewable energy and nanotechnology applications for new and novel sources of energy.

Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology
Stony Brook

The Center will focus on large scale computing and data mining critical to genomics and other data intensive areas, Internet applications, wireless telecommunications, health care applications, and workforce development programs.

Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems

The Center will focus research efforts on indoor environments in the areas of indoor air quality, comfort, lighting, acoustics and intelligent controls. The Center is also home to the Strategically Targeted Academic Research (STAR) Center for Environmental Quality Systems (EQSTAR).

New York STAR Center for Environmental Quality Systems (EQS STAR Center)
Syracuse University leads a consortium of 11 research organizations that have joined forces to create the New York STAR Center for Environmental Quality Systems (EQS STAR Center) at Syracuse University. Backed by a NYSTAR award of $15 million, the STAR Center will be a first-of-its-kind research facility that will be the catalyst for research and development collaborations among more than 100 researchers in environmental quality systems.

The partners in the EQS STAR Center include SUNY Albany, SUNY Buffalo, Clarkson University, Cornell University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, SUNY Upstate Medical University, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Metropolitan Development Association of Syracuse and Central New York, New York Indoor Environmental Quality Center, Inc., Institute of Ecosystem Studies and the Upstate Freshwater Institute.

By performing leading research to improve building environments and urban ecosystems, and conducting innovative education programs, the EQS STAR Center will contribute to the growth of world leaders in environmental systems located in Central New York such as Carrier Corporation, and will substantially strengthen the industry' s world-leading workforce in New York State.

The EQS STAR Center will focus on very specialized research themes. As part of their research plan, the STAR Center' s researchers will conduct thermofluid-engineering projects on the measurement and fluid transport of contaminants. They will study and seek to improve intelligent control and management systems, such as sensors, signals, information systems and networked devices. They will also examine the design and control of building systems, including heating, lighting, acoustics and materials as a way to improve health and human performance.

Much of this work will be performed in the Center' s state-of-the-art Total Indoor Environmental Quality Laboratory, a one-of-a-kind research lab designed to evaluate environmental influences such as air quality, thermal conditions, lighting and noise. The technologies developed by the Center are expected to make significant contributions to environmental quality and to the world-leading companies in New York in the environmental systems industry.

The Building Energy and Environmental Systems Laboratory is a key research lab associated with the NYSTAR EQS and the New York Indoor Environmental Quality Center.

Applicants, in consultation with the New York State urban development corporation, have prepared a center of excellence program and financing plan for each center of excellence which shall specify:
(1) the purposes and plans for any facilities, equipment, and features to be included in such program;

(2) a description of the consortium of institutions/organizations involved, their responsibilities and contributions, and the structure and governance of the collaboration, provided that such consortium' s governance structure shall include members representing the involved academic and/or research institutions, business partners, and representatives of the local business community;

(3) evidence of the level of non-state financing committed to the program by such collaborating parties;

(4) efforts to obtain and administer corporate, federal and/or foundation support;

(5) evidence that state funding provided pursuant to this act represents no more than 25 percent of the total project costs as then estimated by the corporation. Provided that, in estimating such percentage, the corporation shall consider matching funds from the project sponsor or other sources in the form of allocated funds (cash); in-kind personnel, equipment or material donations; federal funds reasonably anticipated to be received by the project sponsors; significant financial contributions to the project sponsor; prorated operational costs; or combinations of these forms. In the event that a project sponsor requests funding in excess of such 25 percent limit, upon the recommendation of the corporation, the director of the division of the budget may authorize the provision of center of excellence funding pursuant to the authority established in section one of this act or directly appropriated by the state in excess of 25 percent of total project costs;

(6) a detailed financial plan and time line for the proposed project including total project cost, sources and uses of funds, and operating budgets;

(7) an appropriate plan for the development, staffing, operation, and continuing use and development of the program;
(8) the scientific and technical merit of the project;

(9) the anticipated economic development benefits; and,

(10) such other information as the chairman of the corporation shall require.

The New York State Division of Science, Technology and Innovation may provide assistance to the corporation, as requested by the chairman, with respect to the evaluation of scientific and technical merit.

Application Process
No program funding opportunity is available at this time. Please continue to monitor this site for announcements of new funding.

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