Responsible for strengthening the innovation economy within the State, encouraging collaboration and connectivity between industry and academia and the translation of innovations into successful high growth businesses

Pursuant to P.L.2018 c. 91, the former New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology has been re-established as the New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology (CSIT), recognizing the role and the importance of innovation developed at the State’s institutions of higher education and businesses to the economy of this State.

CSIT has been established to exercise oversight for the responsibility of implementing, evaluating, and formulating long-range plans and programs for science, innovation, and technology in New Jersey.

About Us

Judith Sheft
Executive Director – New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology

Judith Sheft is the Executive Director of the New Jersey Commission of Science, Innovation and Technology.  Previously, Judith was involved with regional economic and cluster development having responsibilities at the New Jersey Innovation Institute @ NJIT for the HealthIT Connections entrepreneurial cluster development program, the NJIT I-Corps Site and the Procurement Technical Assistance Center. Judith has been engaged with technology /IP innovation and commercialization efforts working with faculty and students to create startup companies and establishing licensing relationships with corporate partners.  Judith advised external startups at NJIT’s high technology / life sciences business accelerator/incubator, and is on the Board of Advisors to the NJIT Murray Women’s Center and serves as a mentor and coach to students and faculty.   Judith is a member of the NJ – Israel Commission and serves on the Board of Greater Newark Enterprise Corporation, StartUp Newark, Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship Corporation, Einstein’s Alley, SheTek and NJEDA Technology Advisory Board, working to assist early stage tech and life sciences entrepreneurs foster regional economic growth.  She was a co-chair  of Governor Murphy’s transition advisory committee for Technology Government and Innovation (2017), and received an MBA from the Wharton School and has a BS and MS in Mathematics from the University of Illinois, with an honorary doctorate from the Universidad Inca de la Vegas (Lima, Peru).

2023 CSIT Board Meeting

Friday, January 20, 2023 – Agenda | Minutes
Friday, March 24, 2023 – Agenda | Minutes
Friday, May 12, 2023 (Annual Meeting) – Agenda | Minutes
Friday, July 14, 2023 – Agenda | Minutes
Friday, September 15, 2023 – Agenda | Minutes
Friday, November 3, 2023 – Agenda | Minutes

2024 CSIT Board Meeting

Friday, January 26, 2024 – Agenda | Minutes
Friday, March 22, 2024 – Agenda | Minutes
Friday, May 17, 2024 (Annual Meeting) – Agenda | Minutes

2022 CSIT Board Meeting

Friday, January 7, 2022- Agenda | Minutes
Friday, April 1, 2022 – Agenda | Minutes
Friday, May 13, 2022 – Agenda | Minutes
Friday, July 15, 2022 – Agenda | Minutes
Friday, September 16, 2022 – Agenda | Minutes
Friday, November 4, 2022 – Agenda | Minutes

2019 CSIT Board Meeting Archive

Thursday, May 16, 2019: Agenda | Minutes
Thursday, June 20, 2019: Agenda | Minutes
Tuesday, August 6, 2019: Agenda | Minutes
Friday, September 27, 2019: Agenda | Minutes
Friday, November 1, 2019 – CANCELED
Friday, December 13, 2019: Agenda | Minutes

2021 CSIT Board Meeting Archive

Friday, January 8, 2021 – Agenda | Minutes
Friday, February 19, 2021- Agenda | Minutes
Friday, April 9, 2021 – Agenda | Minutes
Friday, May 14, 2021- Agenda | Minutes
Friday, June 25, 2021 – Agenda | Minutes
Friday, August 6, 2021- Agenda | Minutes
Friday, September 24, 2021- Agenda | Minutes
Friday, November 19, 2021- Agenda | Minutes

2020 CSIT Board Meeting Archive

Friday, January 31, 2020 – Agenda | Minutes
Friday, February 21, 2020 – Agenda | Minutes
Friday, June 5, 2020 – Agenda | Minutes
Friday, July 17, 2020 – Agenda | Minutes
Friday, November 20, 2020 – Agenda | Minutes

Members (Voting)

Debbie Hart  (Board Chair)
President & CEO 

Cuneyt Erdogan
Principal and Founder
Clarus Engineering

Dr. Alain L. Kornhauser
Professor, Operations Research &
Financial Engineering
Director, Transportation Program
Princeton University

David Pascrell  (Treasurer)
Co-Chair, Government and Regulatory Affairs
Gibbons P.C.

Adam Sternbach
General Counsel of an NFT infrastructure platform

Ex-Officio (Voting) Members

Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan
New Jersey Department of Education

Dr. Brian Bridges
Secretary of Higher Education 
Office of the Secretary of Higher Education

Tim Sullivan 
Chief Executive Officer 

Ex-Officio (Non-Voting) Members

Dr. Jonathan Holloway
Rutgers University

Dr. Nariman Farvardin 
Stevens Institute of Technology

Board Committees


Debbie Hart, President & CEO, BioNJ
David Pascrell, Co-Chair, Government & Regulatory Affairs, Gibbons P.C.
Tim Sullivan, CEO, NJEDA


David Pascrell, Co-Chair, Government & Regulatory Affairs, Gibbons P.C.
Dr. Nariman Farvardin, President, Stevens Institute of Technology
The Honorable Paul Sarlo, State Senator, District 36
The Honorable Christopher DePhilips, Assemblyman, District 40.
Dr. Brian Bridges Secretary of Higher Education, OSHE


Debbie Hart, President & CEO, BioNJ
Vincent Smeraglia, JD Executive Director, Strategic Alliances and University Core Facilities Rutgers University
Tim Sullivan, CEO, NJEDA
Dr. Nariman Farvardin, President, Stevens Institute of Technology
Dr. Alain Kornhauser, Director – Transportation Program, Princeton University
The Honorable Christopher P. Tully, Assemblyman, Legislative District 38

Grant Opportunities

Catalyst Research and Development (R&D) Voucher Pilot Program (Round 2)
Catalyst Research and Development Pilot Seed Grant Program, Round 3
Clean Tech Research and Development (R&D) Voucher Program (Round 3)
Clean Tech Seed Grant Program (Round 3)
Food and Agriculture Research & Development Pilot Grant Program
Grant Opportunity for SBIR/STTR Technical Assistance Providers
Maternal and Infant Grant Program, Round 2
Pilot Clean Tech Demonstration Grant Program, Round 2
SBIR/STTR Direct Financial Assistance Program (Phase 5)

Additional Resources

CSIT Events

There are currently no scheduled events at this time. Please check back soon for updated information.

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