The Cornell Center for Materials Research and NYSTAR are Helping Small Businesses JumpStart Projects


Applications for the 2020 fall semester will be accepted starting June 1st, 2020. To help further small businesses, the companies’ cash contributions have been decreased by half for the 2020 fall projects! 

This fall, The CCMR/NYSTAR funding will amount to 50% of the budget ($7,500). Companies’ contributions will amount to 17% in cash ($2,500) and 33% in-kind ($5,000).


Through collaborations with Cornell experts and with matching funds from NY State, the JumpStart program helps NYS small businesses solve identifiable problems related to materials.

The award program provides:

  • A semester-long project that utilizes Cornell University resources
  • Up to $5,000 in NYSTAR funding  (up to $7,500 for the 2020 fall semester projects)
  • An opportunity to build a relationship with university faculty and staff

JumpStart projects may involve up to $15,000 in project costs apportioned as 33% CCMR-NYSTAR funds, 33% company cash, and 33% company non-cash contributions (such as employee time, materials, travel expenses, and other expenses). Alternatively, the non-cash contributions can be less than 33%, with the proportion of the company cash contribution correspondingly increased. The CCMR-NYSTAR  matching funds are provided through a matching grant from Empire State Development (ESD) to the CCMR.

Applications twice a year, deadlines: June 30 and October 30. Click here to apply!

CCMR JumpStart Case Studies demonstrate outcome and benefits for NY State small businesses.

Jumpstart Press Releases (2006-present)


Please note that the NYS’s Empire State Development (ESD) office requires us to report annually economic impacts that resulted from the CCMR-funded project to demonstrate return on the state’s investment. The partner companies will be contacted by the CCMR up to 5 times over the following 5 years after the completion of the project to assess their satisfaction with the project and its business impact.

The CCMR will write press releases, success stories and articles with the collaboration of the industrial partners to showcase the CCMR program and the partner company.