UB CAT Program

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.

Applications are due by March 15.  


  • 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, 2020 and June 30, 2021
  • Potential economic impact for New York State***

*UB CAT matching fund requirement is capped at a ratio $1.00 / $1.50 for small companies (<100 employees) and $1.00 / $3.00 for large companies (>100 employees). When using a subcontracted SBIR, STTR federal award as match, the minimum match is $1.00 CAT / $2.00 federal award. 

** 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.

*** 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.

Click here to learn more about the UB CAT Program and apply!