Applied Sciences NYC

  • Campus center aerial. Credit Kilograph and Handel
  • CornellNYC Tech on Roosevelt Island. Credit: Kilograph
  • CornellNYC Tech on Roosevelt Island. Credit: Kilograph
  • CornellNYC Tech courtyard. Credit: Kilograph
  • CornellNYC Tech atrium. Credit: Morphosis Architects
  • NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress in Downtown Brooklyn
  • CornellNYC Tech esplanade. Credit: Kilograph
  • NYU CUSP: 370 Jay Street / Jay Street & Willoughby Street
Last Updated September 12, 2016

For New York City, the establishment of top-tier applied sciences and engineering campuses in New York City is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to dramatically increase our potential for economic growth.

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    99-Year Lease Signed for Cornell Tech

    Mayor Bloomberg, Cornell University President David J. Skorton, and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology President Peretz Lavie formally signed the 99-year lease that will transfer 12 acres of Roosevelt Island to Cornell Tech.


Applied Sciences NYC is the City's unparalleled opportunity to build or expand world-class applied sciences and engineering campuses in New York City. We are seeking to dramatically expand our capacity in the applied sciences to maintain our global competitiveness and create jobs. These campuses would not only enrich the City's existing research capabilities, but also lead to innovative ideas that can be commercialized, catalyzing hundreds of spinoff companies and increasing the probability that the next high growth company – a Google, Amazon, or Facebook – will emerge in New York City.

In December 2010, we launched Applied Sciences NYC, issuing a challenge to top institutions from around the world to propose a new or expanded applied sciences and engineering campus in New York City. We offered to provide City-owned land, a seed investment of City capital, and the full support of our administration in making this project a reality. The results of our Request for Expressions of Interest were very encouraging: we received 18 proposals from 27 outstanding institutions from six US states and 8 countries. The number and breadth of responses was a powerful endorsement of this idea and a recognition of its historic importance.

In October 2011, the City received seven qualifying responses from 17 world-class institutions to the Request for Proposals, which sought a university, institution or consortium to develop and operate a new or expanded campus in the City in exchange for access to City-owned land and up to $100 million in City capital.

CornellNYC Tech: Home of the Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute on Roosevelt Island

On December 19, 2011, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Cornell University President David Skorton, and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology President Peretz Lavie announced an historic partnership to build a $2 billion, two-million-square-foot applied science and engineering campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City.

The selection of the Cornell/Technion consortium—which pairs two of the world’s top institutions in the fields of science, engineering, technology and research—marked a major milestone. Cornell/Technion’s proposal was among the many strong proposals that were submitted to the City from a number of world-class institutions around the globe as part of the City’s groundbreaking competitive process.

The Cornell/Technion consortium was ultimately selected due to the large scale and vision of their proposal, the long and impressive track-record of both institutions in generating applied science breakthroughs and spinning out new businesses, the financing capacity of the consortium, the focus of the consortium on the collaboration between academia and the private sector, and the overall capacity of the partnership to execute the project. In addition to the Roosevelt Island site, the City will also provide $100 million in City capital to assist with site infrastructure, construction, and related costs. When completed, the new Roosevelt Island campus will nearly double the number of full-time graduate engineering students enrolled in leading New York City Master's and Ph.D. programs.

Mayor Bloomberg announced on February 16, 2012 that Professor Daniel P. Huttenlocher, Cornell University’s Dean of Computing and Information Sciences, was named Cornell Vice Provost and founding Dean of the university’s historic tech campus. Cathy Dove, currently associate dean in Cornell’s College of Engineering, will co-lead the campus as Vice President, and Technion Professor Craig Gotsman will serve as the founding director of the Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute.

On December 19, 2013, Mayor Bloomberg, Cornell University President David J. Skorton, and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology President Peretz Lavie formally signed the 99-year lease that will transfer 12 acres of Roosevelt Island to Cornell Tech. This makes way for construction of the campus to begin in January. Renderings for the innovative, two million square foot campus can be found on the Cornell website, that reveal how the physical campus will be designed to support innovation and technology. According to the Mayor's press release, the first classrooms are expected to open in 2017.

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NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress in Downtown Brooklyn

On April 23, 2012, Mayor Bloomberg, NYU President John Sexton, and MTA Chairman Lhota announced a second historic agreement to create a new applied sciences center in Downtown Brooklyn at 370 Jay Street. The Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) will be a partnership of top institutions from around the globe, led by NYU and NYU-Poly, which will focus on research and development of technology to address the critical challenges facing cities, including infrastructure, tech integration, energy efficiency, transportation congestion, public safety, and public health. The consortium includes highly respected academic institutions such as City University of New York, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Toronto, University of Warwick, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, as well as two leading companies IBM and Cisco, and will grant academic degrees in engineering and sciences. NYU named Steven Koonin, a theoretical physicist who has served as Undersecretary of Energy for Science and as Provost of the California Institute of Technology, as CUSP's inaugural director. New research and technologies developed at the Center are expected to generate $5.5 billion in overall economic impact and 7,700 jobs over the next three decades.

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Columbia University Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering in Morningside Heights and Washington Heights

On July 30, 2012, Mayor Bloomberg and Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger announced an agreement between the City of New York and Columbia University that will lead to the creation of a new Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering, to be located at Columbia’s Morningside Heights and Washington Heights campuses in New York City, and the hiring of dozens of new faculty within the university’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. As part of the agreement, the City will provide $15 million in critical financial assistance to Columbia – which includes discounted energy transmission costs and partial debt forgiveness – as well as valuable lease flexibility leading to the development of the Institute. The agreement includes the creation of 44,000 square feet of new applied science and engineering space on Columbia’s campus by 2016 and the addition of 75 new faculty over the next decade and a half. The focus of the new institute will be on advances in the data sciences, attracting high-caliber faculty in specific fields of study, and expanding Columbia’s research capabilities and funding, and building upon the school’s recent successes in engineering. In addition, the institute will enhance the level of training available to the city’s next wave of talented engineers and generate nearly $4 billion of economic growth across the five boroughs over the next three decades, bringing the total economic impact of the City’s three Applied Sciences NYC projects to more than $33 billion over the same period.

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Project Highlights

More than $33 Billion overall economic impact over next three decades
Over 48,000 Jobs over next three decades
Nearly 1,000 Spin-Off companies over next 3 decades
Students/Faculty: All three projects will more than double the existing number of full time graduate engineering students and more than double engineering faculty in NYC
These institutions will increase the number of engineering students nationally by more than 2%

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