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

NYSTAR funds fifteen Centers for Advanced Technology (CATs) to encourage greater collaboration between private industry and the universities of the state in the development and application of new technologies. The CAT program was created in 1983 and facilitates a continuing program of basic and applied research, development, and technology transfer in multiple technological areas, in collaboration with and through the support of private industry. It plays a critical role in spurring technology-based applied research and economic development in the state; promoting national and international research collaboration and innovation; and leveraging New York's research expertise and funding with investments from the federal government, foundations, businesses, venture capital firms, and other entities.

NYSTAR periodically identifies technology fields of strategic importance to New York's economic competitiveness and holds competitions to award ten-year CAT designations to New York universities, university-affiliated research institutes, or consortia of such institutions.

Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology
 (CACT) at Alfred University: The CACT conducts applied research and development with industry, leveraging the expertise of Alfred's faculty in advanced technical ceramics and glass to generate economic impact at partner companies. The CACT leverages this expertise in a number of fields; including but not limited to ceramics and glass for application in energy, the environment, health care, defense, and much more.  The CACT is highly flexible and works with companies of all sizes, from one person start-ups to multi-national corporations, on a variety of projects ranging from short-term analytical testing to multi-year sponsored research contracts.

Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP) at Clarkson University: 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; including but not limited to 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 
at Cornell University: The 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's biotechnology industry. Its partner companies represent diverse disciplines including; but not limited to chemistry, engineering, food science, genetics, microbiology, molecular biology, plant science, and veterinary medicine.

Center for Future Energy Systems (CFES) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: CFES conducts fundamental and applied research to accelerate the development of energy efficient and renewable energy technologies. Working with other academic and government institutions, and with many industry partners, CFES focuses on the development and application of new energy materials, devices and systems. Project areas include; but are not limited to low cost, high efficiency photovoltaic solar cells; wind turbine blade performance enhancement; advanced lighting sources; fuel cell testing and characterization; smart buildings; energy storage technologies; renewable energy grid integration; microgrid; and smart grid.

Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications and Distributed Information Systems (CATT) at New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering: CATT promotes technology transfer in this field by partnering with both providers and users of telecommunications and information systems and helping them turn the latest developments in these technologies into competitive and productive resources. CATT draws on the expertise of over 50 researchers, including leaders in the fields of electrical engineering and computer science. It 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
 (CATS) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: Rensselaer CATS provides a means for industry to utilize an extensive pool of knowledge and expertise in the science and technologies of automation. The CATS' technology focus is advanced manufacturing, centered on automation-autonomous algorithms, processes, systems and devices that improve efficiency, increase productivity, or provide new functionality. The CATS helps develop system-level, high-impact solutions for production challenges for companies spanning key industrial sectors; including but not limited to manufacturing, energy, biotechnology, semiconductors, aerospace, and defense. 

Center for Biotechnology (CFB) at Stony Brook University: The Center for Biotechnology serves as an important catalyst in the development of new biomedical technologies and emerging companies in New York State. Through groundbreaking initiatives, the Center supports the advancement of biomedical innovation by helping to bridge the gap between discovery and commercial success and by training the next generation of biomedical leaders.

Center for Integrated Electric Energy Systems (CIEES) at
 Stony Brook University: CIEES works to enhance the development and integration of cutting edge technologies into electric energy systems. It leverages the technical capabilities and intellectual assets of Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Laboratory in order to provide competitive advantage to established and to-be-established energy related industry and services across New York. CIEES assesses the most promising science and technical developments that derive from the research portfolios of its partners, and provides rapid prototyping and testing platforms to advance them together with industry partners.

Integrated Electronics Engineering Center
at Binghamton University: 
IEEC is dedicated to the advancement of electronic packaging technology and the electronics industry. Advances in electronics performance is limited principally by packaging technology, in that the market demands high functional power in increasingly smaller products. IEEC conducts leading edge research in a wide variety of packaging areas for the technological and economic benefit of New York companies.

Sensor CAT
 at Stony Brook University: The Sensor CAT supports science-based start-ups by providing universal modern prototyping facilities, assistance from its entrepreneur-in-residence, and connections to the New York investment community. The Sensor CAT's work is driven by needs of New York industries that develop, manufacture, or employ sensors. Its primary areas of expertise and research include; but are not limited to 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.

Center for Advanced Systems and Engineering (CASE) at Syracuse University:
 CASE fuses university-based technical competency with industry-specific knowledge in complex information systems; including but not limited to 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 Syracuse University in the broad area of information technology.

Center for Advanced Technology in Nanomaterials and Nanoelectronics (CATN2) at SUNY Polytechnic Institute: CATN2 has concentrated its efforts on establishing and nurturing a next-generation, nanotechnology-enabled open innovation ecosystem that targets support for start-ups in the research and development phase; supplier growth in the pilot-prototype demonstration phase; and business attraction in the manufacturing scale-up phase. CATN2 offers technology transitioning capabilities by leveraging the tools and infrastructure at SUNY Polytechnic Institute's NanoTech Complex, known for its open innovation business model that has attracted leading companies from around the world. CATN2 has a recognized focus on utilizing advanced nanofabrication capabilities to enable the commercialization of innovative nanotechnologies; including but not limited to device derivatives, compound semiconductors, micro-electro-mechanical-systems (MEMS), and roll-to-roll photovoltaics.

Center for Advanced Biomedical and Bioengineering Technology at the University at Buffalo (UB CAT):
 Located within the New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences on the university's Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, the UB CAT provides essential funding and infrastructure to foster the growth of companies and the commercialization of new inventions across the life sciences spectrum. Companies working on a new or improved product line can use UB CAT for product development, optimization or design, testing, validation and quality control, or even clinical trials.

Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences
 (CEIS) at the University of Rochester: Jointly sponsored by the University of Rochester and the Rochester Institute of Technology, CEIS conducts applied research in the field of electronic imaging and leverages these results toward the sustainment of New York and U.S. leadership in imaging, document processing, and telecommunications. Its technological areas of expertise are in optical components design and manufacturing; optical systems design; image capture circuits, devices, and materials; image processing; image analysis and recognition; multispectral and hyperspectral imaging; and image display and printing.

Additive Manufacturing and Multifunctional Printing (AMPrint) Center at Rochester Institute of Technology: The AMPrint Center is specifically dedicated to multifunctional printing, and builds on RIT's leadership in the development of advanced 3D printing technology and materials. AMPrint is a key element of New York's efforts to advance additive manufacturing technologies and their adoption by new and existing manufacturers.

Contact NYSTAR for more information by emailing NYSTARSupport@esd.ny.gov calling (518) 292-5700.