Drive critical R&D with materials innovation

The Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics (CMI) helps manufacturing companies of all sizes—from mature organizations to new startups—accelerate R&D, invent new materials, develop innovative new products, and find talent to diversify their capabilities and compete globally.

As manufacturing companies grow and adopt new technologies, leveraging experts in computational materials engineering can help evolve business models to drive critical R&D activities.

Each year, we fund multiple research, development and prototyping project initiatives.


Get project funds up to $50K

The CMI supports projects with industry partners that have the potential to lead to economic impact as well as additional, significant funding. Each funded project will receive up to $50,000. We priortize projects that emphasize key areas of societal, economic and technological interest to UB and New York State such as:





wireless tech.

Wireless Technology





Pre Seed Funding.

Other creative topics will be considered, so don't hold back!

Steps to apply

All projects must have: a materials component; computational component; interested industry partner with a clear, vested interest in commercialization of technologies; and a commitment to the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion.

  1. Review full RFP for project requirements. 
  2. Submit completed letter of intent by February 26, 2024. If you have questions, please reach out to as soon as possible to learn more.
  3. If the project is in alignment with a FIAR focus area, you’ll be invited to submit a full project proposal by March 18, 2024. Awards will be made by March 29, 2024.

Not ready to submit? Check out our other advanced manufacturing resources.

Commitment to broadening opportunities

We are committed to the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion and deem these as central to the programs, projects and activities we consider and support. Our mission calls for the broadening of opportunities and expanding participation of groups that are underrepresented in STEM disciplines, which is essential to the health and vitality of science and engineering. Your proposal should be in alignment with UB’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives; a diverse team will be beneficial to a proposal’s strength.

Easy to partner

Our simple research agreement protects our industry partners. Companies have joint copyright to the final report and a non-exclusive license to the research results, as well as ensures their compliance with New York State's economic impact reporting requirements. A summary of the key terms of the Research Agreement are available upon request.

Featured Collaborations

Zhangyu Guan, PhD
Development of Long-Range RFID Tags for Conductive Thermal Transfer Printing-based RFID Production

Gang Wu, PhD
Low-Cost On-Site Hydrogen Production Using Ammonia as Carbon-Free Hydrogen Carrier

Jun Liu, PhD
Data-driven Development of Next-Gen Functional Coatings on Glass

Mark Ehrensberger, PhD
Making Orthopedic Implants Risk-Free from Bio-Film Infections

Tim Thomay, PhD and
James Berry, PhD
Pathway to commercialize Algal-based products for manufacturing in New York State through photosynthetic improvements via optical Quantum-Profiles

Chong Cheng, PhD
Anti-Ice Coatings for Wind Turbine Blades

Martin Trebbin, PhD and Praveen Arany, PhD
Advancing Pharmaceutical Manufacturing: Materials Informatics Approach to Spray Drying Optimization

John Atkinson, PhD
Life Cycle Assessment of Viridi Battery Storage Products

Problems and solutions of CO2 emission.

Carbon Capture Co.

David Watson, Phd,
Timothy Cook, PhD, and
Peihong Zheng, PhD
Atom-Precise Assemblies with Tunable Electronic Structure for Photocatalytic CO2 Reduction

Jinjun Xiong, PhD
Enhancing multi-channel linear LED lighting fixtures with advanced AI vision system for early health condition evaluation of plants grown in controlled environments