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About Us

Our Mission

New York State Stem Cell Science works to further the agenda of the Empire State Stem Cell Board, whose mission is to foster a strong stem cell research community in New York State and to accelerate the growth of scientific knowledge about stem cell biology and the development of therapies and diagnostic methods under the highest ethical, scientific, and medical standards for the purpose of alleviating disease and improving human health.


The New York State Stem Cell Science program, NYSTEM, was launched in 2007 to support stem cell research across New York State.  NYSTEM supports basic, applied, translational and other research and development activities to advance scientific discoveries in stem cell biology by making awards to institutions across the state. In addition to supporting a range of research, NYSTEM supports infrastructure, scientific training, and educational initiatives. Since 2007, NYSTEM has issued 24 Requests for Applications, and made 372 awards totaling $396 million to 37 New York institutions.

NYSTEM awards have led to more than $481 million in additional support from other sources and supported over 750 jobs across the state. NYSTEM’s successful efforts to increase New York’s capacity for stem cell research have enabled our funded institutions to bring in over $142 million in philanthropic donations.

What We Fund

Types of NYSTEM funding mechanisms (click for table)

Distribution of NYSTEM Research Funds and Awards by Research Area (including Consortia and Fellow-to-Faculty)

NYSTEM funding areas by numbers of awards NYSTEM funding areas by millions of dollars


Four awards in these charts are counted twice as they pertain to two areas, i.e., hematological disorders and cancer, or neurological disorders and eye diseases.

Distribution of NYSTEM Research Funds and Awards by Stem Cell Type(s)

NYSTEM funding of cell types by awards NYSTEM funding of cell types by millions of dollars NYSTEM funding of cell types by millions of dollars without Consortia

An important caveat in these data is the significant overlap among some of the categories. As an example, 24 awards are counted in both the hESCs and hiPSCs categories, as is funding for these awards.