Our Impact on Buffalo Niagara

Improving Quality of Life in Western New York

A stronger UB means a better quality of life for all residents of Buffalo Niagara. The strength of our research, our academic excellence and our commitment to community service make UB an economic engine for Western New York and New York State.

UB's engagement in the community includes more than 100 programs and activities that involve students, staff and faculty members from nearly every area of the university. UB's broad outreach efforts range from providing free dental care to hundreds of children each year, to helping to beautify neighborhoods by cleaning up local gardens, parks and other community gathering spots and helping low-income families, the elderly and others obtain safe and affordable housing. The university also opens up its campuses to members of the community through seasonal farmers markets, free concert and entertainment programs, and a computer and electronics recycling program that to date has kept more than 79 tons of hazardous materials out of area landfills.

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The implementation of UB 2020 has revolutionized the way we perceive ourselves, our university and our community.

Downtown Buffalo New York.

Growing UB’s Urban Presence

Guided by the UB 2020 vision, the university is playing an all-important role in the revitalization of Buffalo. With the establishment of our Downtown Campus, UB offers its academic excellence and research innovation through a three-campus network, including our suburban North Campus in Amherst, N.Y., and our South Campus in Buffalo’s University Heights district. Located on and around the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, UB’s downtown presence aligns UB medical education, research and clinical care more effectively with regional hospitals and research partners.

  • The university is relocating the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences to downtown Buffalo to collaborate more effectively with regional hospitals and research partners. The new building will bring an additional 2,000 faculty, staff and students to downtown Buffalo daily, acting as a significant generator of economic activity and opportunity and helping to revitalize the urban core.
  • UB and Kaleida Health collaborated on the construction of an eight-story building, strengthening ties between the university and our region’s largest hospital network.
  • UB opened a new home for the Educational Opportunity Center in downtown Buffalo, which has allowed the center to take a greater role in serving Buffalo’s downtown community and expand programming for students who may not have access to traditional educational resources.
  • UB’s dramatic downtown Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC) is helping UB medical school researchers bridge the gap between basic biomedical discoveries and clinical treatments.
Researchers at University at Buffalo.

Conducting Research That Drives Innovation and Growth

UB research and development serves as a source of economic growth by pumping dollars into the economy and supporting jobs on and off campus.

  • UB averages about $385 million annually in research expenditures with nearly half being sponsored funding.
  • Direct and indirect research expenditures result in overall economic impact on Buffalo Niagara of nearly $732 million annually, supporting about 4,370 jobs.
  • University incubators have helped launch more than 80 companies, commercializing and transferring technology to the private sector. Its research resources, expertise and entrepreneurial services have assisted hundreds more businesses growing throughout the region and the state.
  • UB’s Center for Advanced Biomedical and Bioengineering Technology (UB CAT) had a $143.8 million economic impact in 2015. The process continues with 16 life sciences companies receiving more than $500,000 in the 2016 funding cycle.
Buffalo Downtown campus.

Working with our health care partners

UB’s health sciences schools, and our public and private partnerships, play a key role in the UB 2020 vision of pursuing research addressing critical societal needs, providing students with transformative educational experiences and further engaging with local and global communities.

  • UB leads the Buffalo Translational Consortium
    The Buffalo Translational Consortium seeks to conduct research focused on expediting creation of new medical tests, treatments and cures—propelling them from the laboratory to physicians and the patients who need them. The consortium includes all of UB’s health sciences schools and research facilities plus the Great Lakes Health System of Western New York, UBMD and Roswell Park Cancer Institute, as well as all of the region’s research institutions, including the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute (HWI) and community health care organizations (the P2 Collaborative, the Upstate New York Practice Based Research Network, the New York State Area Health Education System and HEALTHeLINK). 

  • UB trains residents and fellows
    UB annually trains more than 700 residents and fellows in a wide range of clinical environments with our partners at Great Lakes Health, comprising Kaleida Health and Erie County Medical Center Corporation, as well as the Veterans Affairs Western New York Health Care System, the Catholic Health System and Roswell Park Cancer Institute.


  • UB facilitates research with our partners.
    Through a partnership with the HWI, UB is leading the BioXFEL (Biology with X-ray lasers) Center, a national, $25-million NSF Science and Technology Center that develops next generation crystallography, transforming the field of structural biology and the basic science underlying the development of new drugs.
  • UB medical school faculty are also practicing physicians
    More than 500 faculty in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences are practicing physicians, providing care to the community through the UBMD practice plan. These world-class teachers and doctors dedicate their lives to educating the next generation of physicians, while also helping thousands of Western New Yorkers live longer and healthier lives.