NYS FuzeHub Jeff Lawrence Manufacturing Innovation Fund

Published November 7, 2017


New York State FuzeHub Jeff Lawrence Manufacturing Innovation Fund


Jeff Lawrence Manufacturing Innovation Fund. (Find full details here.)


The Manufacturing Innovation Fund supports a set of activities designed to spur technology development and commercialization across New York State, including Manufacturing Innovation Grants. FuzeHub accepts Manufacturing Innovation Grant applications on a quarterly basis. Award sizes range from $25,000 to $75,000.

The number of awards made may vary by quarter depending on other uses of the fund and the quality of applications received.  Applicant teams involving industry partners with 50 or more employees are required to contribute a match, with at least 50% of the match in the form of cash equity.

The Manufacturing Innovation Grants are intended to offset the costs of assisting companies with the following types of projects:

  • Prototype development
  • Proof-of-concept manufacturing
  • Manufacturing-related equipment purchases
  • Manufacturing scale-up
  • Market identification
  • Other projects to advance manufacturing or manufacturing capabilities

Project must be clearly defined and ready to be undertaken. Projects must be completed within two years of an award, and smaller projects may require earlier completion.


UB may submit three (3) applications per deadline as long as they originate from different departments or centers.


Award sizes range from $25,000 to $75,000 with an award duration of up to two (2) years. There is a $100 application fee.


If you or your colleagues are interested in applying, please submit the internal competition documents as a single PDF to Dr. Kenneth Tramposch by Nov. 10, 2017.  

The document package should include:

A brief description of the project (two-page limit) addressing:

  • How is this project transformational, unique or likely to lead to new or improved manufactured products or manufacturing technologies?
  • The expected impact of the project on the company/companies involved.
  • The organizations, companies and personnel involved.
  • In addition, indicate the budget and timeline for the project.
  • A letter from the department cChair or center director certifying that the application is the sole submission from the unit.
  • Biosketches of the key investigators

If selected, the full 2017 proposal deadline is Dec. 31, 2017.