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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

April 17, 2017

Rochester: A Place for Photonics

Photonics is an exciting and high-potential industry, and Rochester can capitalize on it. 

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March 1, 2017

Collaborative Innovative Research (CIR) Request for Proposals (RFP)

Up to $30,000 awarded to research faculty partnering with NYS company. CEIS supports a range of optics, photonics and imaging interests.  Proposal submission deadline is May 22, 2017.

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More News and Events

2017 CEIS Technology Showcase

Poster Session

This year’s showcase saw more than forty presenters from both universities and industry present in front of over one hundred other students, professionals, and generally interested participants. Along with the poster presentations two very engaging talks were given by Dr. Bob Fiete and Paul Travers. Special recognition was paid to Dr. Dan Newman as the winner of the Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences Partner Appreciation Award for his continued support.


For more information on the presentations, or the 2017 Showcase in general
, please see our Technology Showcase web page.

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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