New York State renews CEIS status; center to receive $9.2M in funds

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

CEIS has provided more than $4 million in funding to increase the impact of more than 200 corporate-sponsored research projects at UR and partner universities such as Rochester Institute of Technology, Cornell University and Columbia University. This funding has generated $740 million in direct economic impact, and created or retained at least 440 jobs, officials said Monday.

“The New York State funding 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, in a statement. “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 designed to spur technology-based research and economic development in New York while promoting national and international research collaboration.

Investments come from the federal government, foundations, businesses, venture capital firms and other entities.

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