The New York State Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics (CMI) connects the business community with the countless funding and incentives needed to develop or improve your products and services, and bring your industry-changing ideas to the next level. This page lists some of the programs and resources that are available to help you achieve your goals. 

UB-related funding & incentive programs


Set up a new business, expand, or relocate to New York State and you, your employees and your company could pay no state taxes for 10 years. Read more about Start-UP NY resources available through UB.

National Grid High-Tech Entrepreneurship Opportunity Program 
Entrepreneurs can get the support they need to bring innovation to our region. Find expert guidance and grant assistance for startups in high-tech product or service in life sciences, advanced manufacturing, clean technology, information technology and more.

First Niagara Business Catalyst Program

Interested in starting a business on or near the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus? We can assist your efforts with business consultation and grants, whether you’re a high-tech organization or a more traditional business.

WNY Renaissance Program

This pilot partner initiative is led by a consortium including the UB Office of Economic Development, ECIDA and the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, and is designed to spur innovation in Erie County. Established manufacturers can broaden their business base, become more globally competitive and strengthen the local economy.

Business and Entrepreneur Partnerships

A great partner for business leaders and entrepreneurs to build innovation in the Buffalo Niagara region, Business and Entrepreneur Partnerships can help you tap into the resources you need throughout UB:


The Bruce Holm Memorial Catalyst Fund

This grant supports commercializing the discoveries and inventions of UB faculty. It is ideal for:

  • Prototype development
  • Proof-concept studies 
  • Research to translate inventions into products that will benefit society


Henry A. Panasci Jr. Technology Entrepreneurship Competition

This competition gives UB students from science, technology, business and other disciplines the opportunity to maximize their potential and create viable businesses in Buffalo Niagara.

Partner programs