Sponsored by Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR), the UB Center for Advanced Technology in Big Data and Health Sciences (UB CAT) is one of 15 designated Centers in the state dedicated to leveraging University resources to drive company growth. UB’s CAT is specifically focused on the intersection of big data and health sciences, particularly as it relates to drug development, medical devices, diagnostic tools and healthcare IT. 

The UB CAT provides eligible companies with project cost sharing grants to fund industry-university collaborations in big data and health sciences arenas. Through these cost sharing grants, NYS health sciences companies utilizing big data can leverage funding, access to expertise, equipment, and reduced rates on services, and supplies through UB to address challenges and achieve goals on the path to commercialization. 

Eligibility Criteria for project funding:

  • Proposed project must align with UB CAT’s technology focus area (big data and health sciences)
  • Company is registered in NYS and has an office location in NYS
  • Company has at least 1 full time employee
  • Company has available matching funds for project cost sharing*
  • Commitment of a University at Buffalo Principal Investigator**
  • Scientific, technical, and innovative merit
  • Demonstrated need for support of project
  • Appropriateness of budget items within UB CAT project guidelines
  • Ability to successfully complete project between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019
  • Potential economic impact for New York State***

*Matching fund requirement is capped at a ratio $1:$1.50 for small companies (<100 employees) and $1:$3 for large companies (>100 employees).

** All projects are subject to State University of New York intellectual property policies. Principal Investigator eligibility is dependent on policy guidelines at the University at Buffalo (https://www.buffalo.edu/administrative-services/policy1/ub-policy-lib/principal-investigator-eligibility.html.

*** Economic impact resulting from a project is defined as an increase in company sponsor revenues (federal, non-government, product-based), cost savings to company, new jobs created, jobs saved, capital expenditures by company sponsor, intellectual property development, new company start-up opportunity or company relocation / expansion in New York State. Companies that receive CAT funding are required to provide annual economic impact reports for five years.




Step 1: Review the RFP

The annual request for proposals is issued in January with an application due date of 5:00PM March 15, 2018. 

Step 2: Assistance with Proposal Development

To assist applicants in submitting a quality project that fits their needs and aligns with the UB CAT’s mission and program guidelines, program staff will be offering meetings on February 7, 8, 13 and 16 2018 to address specific questions related to your proposal.

*Time slots for these meetings fill quickly, so please email UBCATprogram@buffalo.edu to schedule a meeting (either in-person or by phone) as early as possible. If you are not able to make the dates listed above, contact us to request an alternative date and time.

Include the following information in your meeting request:

  1.  Your Name
  2.  Company Name
  3.  Phone number
  4.  Company website URL
  5.  Name of Principal Investigator associated with your project (if known)

Step 3: View UB CAT webinar for more details on the program.

Step 4: Complete your UB CAT application, including narrative, budget, and necessary signatures (from company and principal investigator). Submit to UBCATprogram@buffalo.edu by 5PM on March 15, 2018.

Contact UB CAT Program staff