Columbia | Corning Advanced Materials Prize

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

The Columbia | Corning Advanced Materials Prize supports interdisciplinary Columbia-based teams developing innovative advanced materials technologies with the potential to transform industries.

The accelerator is a joint effort between Corning Incorporated, Columbia Material Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC), and the Columbia Lab-to-Market Accelerator Network (L2M).


Focus Areas:

  • Materials , equipment, and systems for life sciences (cell/gene therapy, cell and organoid culture technologies, sorting and separations technology, lab automation technology, imaging, diagnostics, microfluidics, high throughput synthesis of DNA/RNA)
  • Ceramic materials (RF electronics, energy storage, and filtration of gas and liquids)
  • Materials for quantum computing (new technologies for quantum memory, quantum communication)
  • Advanced coatings and paints (advanced windows, bio-active coatings, novel optical coatings, super hydro and oleophobic)
  • Photonic and display technology (LED/OLED displays, thin films for electronics and optoelectronics, microLED technologies, holographic and light field technologies, flexible displays, transparent displays, near eye displays, novel backplanes and driving electronics)
  • Battery technologies (solid state batteries, silicon anode technologies, flexible batteries, novel energy storage concepts)
  • Additional areas of interest (Optical communications, 1D-2D-3D polymers, phase change materials, Roll-to-roll processing of novel systems, mmwave and terahertz technologies, Y-doped crystals, novel catalysts)


All researchers at Columbia University (faculty, PhD students, postdocs, undergraduates) developing translational research projects in the advanced materials space. Learn more about eligible projects in the areas of life sciences, ceramics, quantum, battery technologies, photonics and display technologies, advanced coatings and paints, and more here.

Benefits for Participating Teams


Shortlisted projects receive ~$2,000, while finalists receive $50,000

Entrepreneurial Support

Projects receive entrepreneurial training and access to industry-facing mentors


Teams will have the opportunity to work with advanced materials experts, startups, and investors, including but not limited to executives at Corning


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Columbia | Corning Advanced Materials Prize