Taylor Hall at night

About Us

Our mission is to promote economic development in New York State by bringing together companies and university researchers who have areas of common interest and encouraging collaboration through funding and outreach.

Over the past ten years, CEIS funding has been leveraged to generate over $702 million in economic impact and the creation of 239 new jobs. By bringing together multiple universities, companies, government agencies, and economic development organizations in a collaborative environment, we provide leadership in the identification and realization of technology-driven economic development in the Finger Lakes region.

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News & Events

October 18, 2019

Technology Development Fund Awards Open

The fall 2019 round of the University's Technology Development Fund is open. Eligible projects propose the development of a technology to a commercial endpoint. Awards are up to $100,000 and support animal testing, prototyping, and other proof-of-concept studies. The fund is open to all faculty, staff, and students. A submitted invention disclosure to UR Ventures is required with an application. Pre-proposals are due Thursday, October 31, and should be submitted to omar.bakht@rochester.edu

October 17, 2019

SPIE Optifab: Optical Fabrication Exhibition

Join SPIE and APOMA at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center between 14 - 17 October 2019 for the largest optical manufacturing conference and exhibition held in North America. This is a prime opportunity to observe top companies in the field of optics and learn about the latest optical fabrication technologies.

Register here!

October 7, 2019

FUZEHUB’s Innovation Summit

FuzeHub and NYSTAR invite you to join us for the New York State Innovation Summit on October 7-8, 2019 at the Rochester Convention Center in Rochester, New York.

This multi-day event for NYS organizations that want to showcase and discover new and emerging technologies that support innovation and drive business growth. Whether you’re a startup, an economic developer, or an established manufacturer, the NYS Innovation Summit is for you. 

See photos from the event here!

CEIS-CAT Announcement

CAT Renewal Poster

Since 1992, CEIS has been designated as a New York State Center for Advanced Technology (CAT). As a CAT, we have worked to support collaborative projects between private entities and university researchers. Over the last ten years we have supported nearly 300 projects in an incredibly diverse range of interests which have generated over $700 million in direct, measurable, economic impact, creating some 200 jobs, and retaining another 239.

We are proud to announce that New York’s Empire State Development has chosen CEIS from an incredibly competitive field to continue as a Center for Advanced Technologies for another ten years in our focus area of photonics and imaging science systems.

In this transitional period, we think it is appropriate to look back and highlight some of the incredible work our partnering organizations and primary investigators have done in the last year, as well as looking forward to the future and the arrival of AIM Photonics.

This is a very exciting time for us, and we are happy to say that the future looks ever better and ever brighter here in Rochester.  Check back to learn what projects will be funded in the Center’s new CAT cycle as well as exciting developments in photonics, and Rochester’s photonics community.

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