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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.

News & Events

April 21, 2022


The Center for Emerging and Innovative Science and the Center of Excellence in Data Science is thrilled to announce the University Technology Showcase as an in-person event again this year. Please join us at the Memorial Art Gallery on April 21, 2022 for an informative afternoon. Speakers will start at 1:00 p.m. with a poster session to follow. If you would like to present your research with a poster, please send a summary abstract about your work to ceisweb@ur.rochester.edu. If you are a company and would like to reserve a display table, please contact margaret.urzetta@rochester.edu. To register, please find the link here


February 23, 2022


CEIS Director Mark Bocko has issued our latest Call for Proposals for the Center's Collaborative Innovative Research (CIR) program. Instructions and application forms may be found here. The submission deadline is mid-May 2022 for a July 1, 2022 start date.

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February 23, 2022



Mark your calendars for FuzeHub’s first in-person event for 2022. Manufacturers who want to make their supply chains and operations greener come connect with clean energy and sustainability resources that can help your NYS business. Read more...

CEIS-CAT Announcement

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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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