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Carolina Photonics Consortium Announces Funding

The Carolinas Photonics Consortium (CPC) formally announced the CPC Pilot Funding Program in a statewide video conference held August 14 at Western Carolina University (WCU).

The CPC Pilot Funding Program will award five projects with seed funding for commercialization, as well as business development support from the Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization (TEC) initiative at North Carolina State University??s College of Management. The five CPC member Institutions are Clemson University, South Carolina; Duke University; North Carolina State University; The University of North Carolina at Charlotte; and Western Carolina University.

Proposals will be accepted from researchers at the five campuses until October 12, 2007. All submissions will be evaluated by an advisory committee comprised of university leaders and external photonics and business experts. Funding decisions will be announced by November 15, 2007. Details about the CPC Pilot Funding Program can be found at www.carolinasphotonics.com.

?°Launching the CPC Pilot Funding Program is a significant milestone for the Carolinas Photonics Consortium,?± said Jeff Conley, CPC??s interim director.

?°The CPC is committed to helping advance the commercialization of photonics-based technologies from our member universities,?± he said. ?°This seed funding program puts that effort in motion by identifying the first five technologies to receive maturation support.?± he said.

?°The consortium has been invited to participate in an investment conference which will provide valuable exposure for the funded projects,?± Conley said. ?°In addition, all researchers submitting funding proposals will receive mentoring and exposure to leaders in the field, so everyone will gain from this experience,?± he said.

About CPC: CPC is a consortium of five universities with nationally respected programs in photonics. Clemson University??s Center for Optical Materials Science and Engineering Technologies (COMSET) is focused on the development of novel optical materials. Duke University??s Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics has research programs in biophotonics, nano & micro systems, nanophotonics, and quantum optics & information. North Carolina State University??s strengths are in photonic devices, optoelectronic and semiconductor materials and information technology. The Center for Optoelectronics and Optical Communications at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte has a core competence in design and fabrication of microoptical components and devices. Western Carolina??s Center for Rapid Product Realization provides prototyping, testing and design expertise for new product scale up. Over $300M has been invested from state and federal funds in these units over the last five years, making CPC the largest concentration of photonics-based resources in the United States.
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