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New York State awards $9.2 million to renew CEIS as Center for Advanced Technology

November 2, 2015
buildings along Hutchison Road on River Campus

The Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences (CEIS) at the University of Rochester has been renewed by New York State as one of its Centers for Advanced Technology (CAT) and will receive $9.2 million in funding over the next 10 years.

In the past 10 years, CEIS has provided more than $4M in funding to magnify the impact of more than 200 corporate-sponsored research projects at the University of Rochester, RIT, Cornell, Columbia, and other partner universities. This funding has generated $740 million in direct economic impact, and created or retained at least 440 jobs.

“We are grateful to Governor Cuomo and Empire State Development for continuing the CAT program and for selecting CEIS for renewal,” said Mark F. Bocko, director of CEIS and professor of electrical and computer engineering. “I want to especially thank Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle, Senator Joe Robach, and the other members of our state delegation for their continued support and leadership. The CAT program investment, which enables CEIS and the similar centers across the state to leverage the capabilities of universities to help grow industry and create jobs, has shown significant results and we are pleased to continue our work in the Finger Lakes region.”

“The New York State funding also has enabled CEIS to support and enhance the world class capabilities of our region’s companies and universities in optics, photonics, and imaging,” said Paul Ballentine, executive director of CEIS. “This work, among other things, helped lay the groundwork to secure the recent AIM Photonics award. This would not have been possible without the state’s investment in CEIS.”

CEIS is one of 15 CATs in New York, supported by NYSTAR, a Division of Empire State Development. It is designed to spur technology-based research and economic development in New York; promote national and international research collaboration and innovation; and better leverage the state’s research expertise and funding with investments from the federal government, foundations, businesses, venture capital firms, and other entities.

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