New York State Resources for Entrepreneurial Companies







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New York State Resources for

Entrepreneurial Companies

1. NYSTAR Innovation Resources in NYS

2. Other NYS-Based Federal and State

Funding Opportunities


• NYS Division of Science, Technology and


• NYSTAR administers the following state


– Centers of Excellence (COEs)

– Centers for Advanced Technology (CATs)

– Regional Technology Development Centers




NYS Centers of Excellence

• Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences at Buffalo

– Deciphers the structure of proteins and genes

• The Infotonics Technology Center of Excellence in Photonics & Microsystems

– Canandaigua near Rochester

– Supports technology transfer and pilot fabrication facilities for


NYS Centers of Excellence

The Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics at Albany is a state-of-the-art 300-millimeter computer wafer pilot and prototyping

facility, developed in collaboration with IBM and the University of Albany for nanoelectronics.

The Center of Excellence in Information Technology (IT) on Long Island

- expertise in information technology and software

- national and international platform for advanced research and growth in the commercialization of new IT applications and


NYS Centers of Excellence

The Center of Excellence in Environmental Systems labs and

research facilities for the performance of cutting edge research and development in environmental systems engineering.

The Center of Excellence in Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging at Binghamton focuses on development of new

electronic applications including small scale systems design, development, prototyping, process development, and

manufacturing for the microelectronics industry

- expertise in electronics packaging, materials and sensor development

- national roll-to-roll manufacturing R&D center focused on flexible electronics


Centers for Advanced Technology


Program Purpose

• Centers for Advanced Technology (CAT) support

university-industry collaborative research and technology transfer in commercial relevant technologies

• The CAT program was created in 1983 to facilitate the transfer of technology from New York’s top research

universities into commercially viable products produced in the private sector


NYS Centers for Advanced

Technology (CATs)

Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology - Alfred University

City College of New York - CUNY Center for Advanced Technology in Photonics Applications

Center for Advanced Materials Processing - Clarkson University

Center for Advanced Information Management – Columbia University

Center for Life Science Enterprise - Cornell University


NYS Centers for Advanced

Technology (CATs)

Center for Automation Technologies and Systems Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications (CATT) -Polytechnic Institute of New York University

Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications (CATT) -Polytechnic Institute of New York University

CAT in Medical Biotechnology - SUNY at Stony Brook

Integrated Electronics Engineering Center - Binghamton University


NYS Centers for Advanced

Technology (CATs)

Center for Advanced Technology in Biomedical and Bioengineering - University at Buffalo

Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences (electronic imaging)- University of Rochester

CASE (Computer Applications and Software Engineering) Center Syracuse University

CAT in Nanomaterials and Nanoelectronics (CATN2) - University at Albany


– CNY Region = North Country, CNY, Southern


• Includes three RTDCs

– Five RISP regions

across NYS


Regional Innovation Specialist

Program (RISP)


• Innovation services and programs:

– Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)

support for NYS companies

– Solutions Forums

– Innovation and Product Development Services


Regional Innovation Specialist



– Sources of funding that support

innovation and business development


• Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC)


2. Federal and State Funding



Phone: 1-866-NYSERDA or

(518) 862-1090

• Mission:

• “NYSERDA strives to facilitate change

through the widespread development and

use of innovative technologies to improve

the State’s energy, economic, and



• New York State Energy Research and

Development Authority (NYSERDA) is a public

benefit corporation created in 1975

• NYSERDA aims to help New York meet its

energy goals:

– reducing energy consumption

– promoting the use of renewable energy sources – and protecting the environment


• 5 Areas of Program Activities:

– Energy Efficiency and Renewable Programs

– Energy Innovation and Business Development

– Energy Education and Workforce Development

– Energy and the Environment


NYSERDA uses four types of

competitive solicitations

1. Program Opportunity Notice (PON) which is for soliciting projects to meet technical, economic,

environmental, and other goals and objectives within a particular program area

- cost sharing generally expected

2. Request for Proposals (RFP) which is for a specific area of interest, when it is possible to describe in a Statement of Work to a high degree of specificity the work



NYSERDA uses four types of

competitive solicitations

3. Open Enrollment PON which is appropriate for incentive-based program offers

- cost sharing expected

4. Requests for Quotation or Qualifications (RFQ) which is for procuring contracts based specifically on cost or a contractor’s qualifications

- cost sharing is not generally expected

• NYSERDA does consider unsolicited proposals for funding


Federal Laboratory Consortium

License technology from the Federal

Laboratories and commercialize with


Available Technology Sources

• National Institutes of Health • Food and Drug Administration • Department of Energy

• Agricultural Research Services • Forest Service Products

• United States Geological Survey • NASA

• Department of Defense

• National Institute of Standards and Technology • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

• National Security Agency • Bureau of Reclamation


NYS-Based Federal Labs

• Dept. of Defense:

– AFRL - Information Directorate (Rome NY) – Army - Benét Laboratories (Watervliet, NY)

• Dept. of Energy - Brookhaven National Laboratory (Upton, NY)

• Dept. of Homeland Security -National Urban Security Technology Laboratory (NY, NY)

• Dept. of Interior - New York Water Science Center (Troy, NY)

• Dept. of Homeland Security - Plum Island Animal Disease Center (Greenport, NY)


FLC Available Technologies Search


License technologies developed by the federal government – one tool to access

• The federal government's technology transfer policy

promotes the use and commercialization of inventions that arise from agency-supported R&D



• Cooperative Research & Development Agreements

• Patent license agreements may be incorporated within the CRADAs and handled according to CRADA guidelines

– The government always retains an irrevocable royalty-free right to practice the invention

– Normally, licenses will be granted only to companies that agree that any products developed through the use of the invention will be manufactured substantially in the U.S.


FLC Patents

• In granting a license to a government patent, the company/industry partner must:

– Submit a satisfactory development or marketing plan – Describe ability to implement the plan

– Commercialize the invention within a specified period of time

– Continue to make the benefits of the invention reasonably accessible to the public

– Report use of the patent periodically to the government agency holding the patent


Ways to Think About These


• Do I want to license this IP and become a manufacturer? – Or license the IP and integrate the function with an existing

product of mine?

– Or manufacture the product for the company that licenses this technology?

• Is this a technology that could make something I am doing or selling obsolete?

• Is this function something I should think about applying to my product line, though the approach may be different?



Thank you

Marcene (Marcie) Sonneborn, MBA, MPA

Regional Innovation and SBIR Specialist


Phone: 315.425.5144



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