Communities of Excellence


Communities of Excellence harness faculty strength to address the most challenging problems and questions of our time through impactful interdisciplinary research, education and engagement. Established in 2015 through a competitive faculty proposal process, UB’s three Communities of Excellence are the Genome, Environment and Microbiome (GEM); Global Health Equity; and Sustainable Manufacturing and Advanced Robotic Technologies (SMART).



UB’s Research and Education in eNergy, Environment and Water (RENEW) Institute brings together faculty from across the university to approach complex energy and environmental issues and their social and economic ramifications. RENEW aims to create transformative change and establish UB as a global leader in these areas through innovative and interdisciplinary research, education and community engagement activities.

Creative Arts Initiative

Creative Arts Initiative, woman painting.

The Creative Arts Initiative (CAI) is a collaboration with Buffalo’s major art institutions and organizations that is dedicated to fostering creative production and engagement among UB students, faculty and staff; visiting artists; and Buffalo’s cultural community. CAI includes an artist-in-residence program and the innovative Arts One undergraduate course that directly exposes UB students to the richness of the Buffalo arts community.

Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA)

UB is improving medical care in Western New York through a four-year, $16 million dollar Clinical and Translational Science Award from the National Institutes of Health. The university is collaborating with other area institutions to move the region's high-impact research from the lab to the patient's bedside, delivering new drugs, diagnostics and medical devices.

Buffalo Institute for Genomics and Data Analytics (BIG)

Buffalo Institute for Genomics and Data Analytics (BIG), man at computer.

The Buffalo Institute for Genomics and Data Analytics (BIG) is emerging as a national leader in genomic medicine. It provides informatics and biomedical expertise in finding new ways to treat, prevent and manage serious disease. A $100 million state grant to UB and the New York Genome Center in Manhattan created the public/private partnership designed to deliver groundbreaking research and innovative health care.


BioXfel, Biology with lasers.

The BioXFEL (Biology with X-ray lasers) Center is changing the future of drug development by creating molecular movies—images of biological molecules, their functional motions and interactions in a natural setting. Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute and UB are headquarters for this eight-institution Science and Technology Center funded by the National Science Foundation.