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2019 Archive



Technology Development Fund Awards Open

October 18, 2019

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

SPIE Optifab: Optical Fabrication Exhibition

October 16, 2019

Join SPIE 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!

FUZEHUB’s Innovation Summit

October 7-8, 2019

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!

Luminate Round III Applications Being Accepted

Application Deadline: September 23, 2019 

Following the great successes of Luminate Rounds I and II and their impacts on the Finger Lake Tech Community, Governor Cuomo announces that applications are now being accepted for Luminate Round III! Applications are open nation wide until September 23, 2019 with large incubator and cash prizes reaching $1 million awarded.

Also, be sure to join us for Luminate, Light Tomorrow with Today, Demo Day June 27th. 

To learn more about the program and awards, click here.

Light and Sound Interactive

June 24-27, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

See why innovators, technologists and world-class brands will soon be in Rochester. Register now for the Light & Sound Interactive Conference and one of these high-energy tracks:

Augmented and Virtual Reality

Audio and Music


Games and Interactive Media

Optics | Photonics | Imaging

Department of Defense

Be part of it all June 25-27, 2019, in downtown Rochester, NY, home to optics, imaging and audio pioneers of the past, present and future.

Women of Innovation 

April 12, 2019

For patients with vision loss after a stroke or brain injury, a simple therapy device developed by Krystel Huxlin, the James V. Aquavella, M.D. Professor in Ophthalmology, could help train the eye to see again. Huxlin is one of several faculty being featured as part of Women of Invention, a series on the University’s Newscenter.

The Jeff Lawrence Innovation Fund is now accepting applications for Manufacturing Grants

February 5, 2019

The Manufacturing Grants are designed to encourage collaboration between companies and non-profit organizations in New York State that work with the manufacturing industry. Applicants may apply for up to $50,000! The applications are currently open and will stay open until February 28th. For more details, check out the application page here.