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Research-Based Innovation

Expanding UB’s core strengths in materials science and informatics is a crucial part of New York State’s strategy to help new and existing businesses become more competitive through technological innovation.

CMI aligns with the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council’s strategies. In fact, UB leadership and materials science experts were integral to the Buffalo Billion Investment Development Plan recommendation to create the Buffalo Niagara Institute for Advanced Manufacturing Competitiveness.

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Amy Schmit
Director of Special Projects
Phone: (716) 881-8965


Megan E Toohey
Director of Government Relations
Phone: (716) 645-4095

Research Excellence with an Industry Focus

The center drives innovation and R&D to grow critical industries such as advanced manufacturing, life sciences and energy.

CMI is accelerating the emerging and high-impact field of materials informatics, which addresses a range of societal needs, from the depletion of natural resources to the quest for new technologies. Fostering private-sector collaboration across a range of industries, the center will give Western New York companies a competitive advantage, create high-technology jobs and attract new industries to the region.

The center enables UB to serve industry by convening public-private consortia that can compete effectively for large, federally-funded initiatives across a range of segments, including advanced manufacturing, critical materials, alternative energy, national security and health care.

Collaborating with Industry

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CMI works with the private sector in different ways. UB scientists and engineers are taking successful research programs to the next level by working directly with faculty and industry partners to solve R&D problems, answer questions and discover new and different materials and methods.

Whether it is a start-up enterprise spun out of university research, a medium-sized company or a large, international corporation, the center works with business of all sizes to:

  • Solve pressing problems
  • Innovate products, solutions and processes
  • Create high-technology jobs
  • Drive economic development

UB has a successful track record of industry collaboration. It takes many forms, which include:

  • Collaborative research projects tackling industry needs (UB Center for Advanced Biomedical and Bioengineering Technology and The Center for Industrial Effectiveness)
  • Customized training modules
  • Licensing of UB intellectual property and technical know-how
  • Faculty consultation
  • Facilities use, testing, co-location
  • Core facilities projects
  • Custom partnerships