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Interdisciplinary Research

Interdisciplinary research creates rich opportunities for scientific breakthroughs. Colleagues in diverse fields share insights and learning, helping to create a fertile climate for discovery.

The RENEW Institute will place UB at the forefront of environmental and energy research focused on sustainability, climate change and natural resources.

Calspan-UB Research Center Inc. (CUBRC) is a strategic partnership of scientists and engineers from both academia and industry. They work to expand the research capabilities of all concerned, while generating significant technological and economic growth in Western New York.

The Center promotes the development of research networks and of new research activities in cognitive science, both locally and across institutions.

The mission of CCR is to support research in high-performance computing and visualization; to foster industrial partnerships in high-performance computing and visualization; to serve the Western New York community in terms of education, outreach, and training in areas that are mutually compatible; and to work with the leadership of the University to improve the national reputation of UB.

The Office of Sustainability works with a broad range of campus and community groups, including the UB Environmental Stewardship Committee, to facilitate the university's Climate Action Plan (PDF), which calls for UB to achieve climate neutrality by 2030.

The mission of the Institute for Lasers, Photonics and Biophotonics is to conduct research and development of new materials and technologies; to provide education and industrial training for developing a skilled workforce; and, to aggressively market a world-class facility for consulting and testing in New York State at UB and affiliated partnerships.

The NCGIA is an independent research consortium whose primary mandate is to conduct basic research in geographic information science and its related technology.

The New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences (CBLS) connects high-potential partners to a vast array of resources. Whether you are a scientist looking for world-class facilities, or a company that needs R&D assistance, we can help.

Buffalo provides a unique environment to foster graduate students from diverse backgrounds into becoming future leaders in science and engineering. The Institute for the Strategic Enhancement of Educational Diversity (iSEED), a UB-wide initiative, is building a community of students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and staff focused on excellence in education, engagement in research, mentoring and enhancement of professional development.

Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence (SPIR)

The Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence (SPIR) – a program of the State University of New York (SUNY) – connects corporate partners with the engineering brainpower of UB, Binghamton and Stony Brook. Whether an entrepreneur seeking a way to bring innovations to the next level, a small firm looking to upgrade or introduce new technologies, or a high-technology firm addressing the challenges of product development and testing, SPIR can help pay for these and many other initiatives that require technically advanced assistance. UB TCIE is the regional administrator of the program. 

The Vice President for Research & Economic Development provides information about current research initiatives, seed funding opportunities, research programs and units, scholarly activity in the schools and colleges, research policies and procedures, opportunities for collaboration and procedures for licensing innovations produced by research.  The office provides support for campus-wide research efforts; advocates on behalf of research needs and resources; and maximizes the benefits of UB's research to the scholarly community, and to the quality of life in Western New York, the state, and the nation.

CBS Innovation Nation Features UB Water Lens
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For 1 in 7 people, finding clean water is a monumental challenge. undergraduate students and engineering professor James Jensen found a unique solution. Read the news release.