How Companies Work with the CATS

Rensselaer CATS helps companies solve their real-world manufacturing-related problems by developing system-level solutions across several key application areas, including: robotics and industrial automation, mechatronics, thermal management, fuel cell engineering and manufacturing and advanced composites engineering. The CATS’ multidisciplinary foundations in advanced manufacturing science, sensing and control, machine vision, and modeling and simulation anchor researchers’ end-to-end approach.

Companies can engage Rensselaer CATS for:

  • Technical consultation, feasibility studies, exploratory research, etc.;
  • Collaborative research for process improvement or product development with professional project management;
  • Proof of Principle Modeling (POPM), prototype development and demonstration;
  • Identification of Rensselaer faculty and organizations and/or external partners best matched with company needs;

 and can fund research projects with the CATS through:

  • Joint proposals to New York State funding agencies (e.g., NYSERDA);
  • Joint proposals to Federal funding agencies (e.g., NSF, DOE, DARPA, ONR, NIST, DOT, NIH, and Homeland Security, or through SBIR/STTR or BAA funding); or,
  • Sponsored research, where the CATS works on company-funded projects when grants are not available, needed or desired.

Rensselaer CATS works with companies to propose research grants to all Federal funding agencies, including: NSF, DOE, DARPA, ONR, NIST, DOT, NIH, and Homeland Security.  The CATS has a wealth of experience helping companies write and submit SBIR and STTR grant proposals to help fund targeted research and development projects.  The CATS also has an impressive track record helping companies write and submit winning NYSERDA grant proposals to help fund energy-related research, development and commercialization projects in New York State.

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