Collaborative Innovation Research Program

The CIR program provides matching funds to a principal investigator (PI) for company-sponsored research on campus. The size of the award can be up to $30,000 (subject to availability of funds) and requires at least a 2:1 match by the company. A typical project runs one year with the opportunity for renewed extension and is intended to support a research project on campus with a dedicated graduate student. The request for proposals is issued once a year in the spring. Winning proposals are announced in early June and funding is available starting July 1. Once collaborative discussions have begun, it is required that the university principal investigator initiates the CIR proposal. A panel of qualified individuals from UR, RIT, and industry will evaluate and rank the proposals.

Nanosystems Center

How to Apply for the CIR Program

Principal Investigators wanting to apply for CAT funding should download and complete the forms below. If you have any questions about the forms or the program, please contact us.

The links below are either Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel forms. If, when you click on the link, the appropriate program does not open, you can download the file to your computer and manually open it for editing.


PC users: right click the link and hit Save As.
Mac users: Control+click the link and hit Save As.

Criteria for Evaluation

  • Potential economic impact for New York State
  • Scientific and technical merit
  • Level of corporate support in relation to requested NYSTAR funding
  • Demonstrated technical accomplishments and economic impacts (for continuing projects)