CEIS helps research faculty and scientists at the University of Rochester, RIT, and other participating New York universities establish collaborations with New York companies by providing partial support employing NYS funds for company-sponsored research on campus.
Our focus in the past has been geared heavily toward electronic imaging and associated research in optics and photonics to support the Rochester region’s cluster of economic activity in these areas. While these areas remain prominent, we have recently broadened our support to include research in biomedical technology, energy, materials, nanotechnology, and electronics. We’ve done this to reflect the ongoing diversification of the Rochester regional economy.
We help you link with companies through several means:
We host an annual University Technology Showcase 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.
We sponsor the CEIS Industrial Seminar Series where we bring leaders from industry to campus to talk about technologies that are of interest to their companies, and more broadly to their industries. This gives members of the university community an opportunity to learn more about industry needs and future directions, providing valuable information to help guide current and future research. We also invite the speakers to spend time on campus meeting one-to-one with faculty to discuss their research with the hope of sparking collaborations. This has proven to be very effective and underscores the importance of informal relationships to collaboration and technology transfer.
We provide funding for company-sponsored research on campus:
CIR (Collaborative Innovative Research) Program: 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.
STAR program: This Short Term Applied Research (STAR) program is a newer CEIS offering to support smaller, short term research activities. Applications are accepted anytime throughout the 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.