For over 20 years, CEIS has helped support university collaboration with dozens of companies in the Finger Lakes region and across New York State. We are fortunate to be located in a region that has a concentration of high technology manufacturing and strong synergies between university research and company focus. CEIS promotes collaboration in two ways: Support of research collaborations between faculty and businesses and community outreach
Over the past 5 years, CEIS has invested $4.6 million to support $5.9 million in collaborative research. This research has been leveraged to help our partner companies achieve $48.6 million in increased revenue and $21.8 million in cost reductions, and has resulted in 307 new and retained jobs. We currently support a variety of projects with small, medium, and mid-size companies in the region.
We host an annual University Technology Showcase with the Center of Excellence in Data Science (CoE) at the University of Rochester where we invite members from the industrial community to learn about your research. There is ample time allowed for networking and one-on-one discussions. This event takes place in the spring and is open to all university researchers working on relevant projects whether or not you have been a past recipient of CEIS funding.
At the Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences, we provide our corporate partners with a tremendous competitive advantage when it comes to developing state-of-the-art products. At a time when many companies are reducing their research and development budgets, we provide access to a rich source of innovation and technology: New York State’s leading research universities. We identify university researchers whose interests match industry needs. We provide matching state funds to magnify the impact of the investment you make as a corporate sponsor.
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Are you interested in collaborating with a company on a promising line of research? If you are a research faculty member or scientist at the University of Rochester, RIT, or other participating New York university, we can help. We can match you with a company with similar research interests. And we will provide matching funding to support your industry collaboration
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Company-Sponsored Research on Campus
This is our primary funding mechanism and must be initiated by university-based principal investigators. We provide up to a 50% match for research sponsored by a New York State company. The maximum CEIS contribution is $30,000. Proposals are accepted once a year – in the spring – and funding for selected proposals starts July 1. Submissions are awarded on a competitive basis and are subject to the availability of funds. Proposals are judged on their technical merit and on the amount of economic impact that the research is expected to achieve.
The STAR program is a newer CEIS offering to support smaller, short term research activities. Applications are accepted once a year and awards are made subject to the availability of funds. The maximum CEIS contribution is $5,000 and only requires a 1:1 match.