NSF Ecosystem for Biophotonics Innovation (EBI)

Building Sustainability

UC Davis was awarded a two-year, $800k grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support the Ecosystem for Biophotonics Innovation - Building Sustainability program at the Center for Biophotonics Science & Technology (CBST). The NSF funding is matched at least 1:1 by 3rd party investments from our partners.

The EBI program was created under a previous NSF grant, to facilitate translation of research results into marketable products, startup companies, and jobs. The new award, Ecosystem for Biophotonics Innovation – Building Sustainability (EBI-2), will build upon the successes and lessons of EBI to accelerate commercialization of technologies and ensure that the infrastructure of the ecosystem is sustainable into the future.

The goals of the EBI-2 program for its two year tenure are to:

  • Build upon and extend the biophotonics innovation ecosystem.
  • Test and optimize different concepts for the ecosystem by accelerating the commercialization of four identified technologies.
  • Continue and refine the EBI education and mentorship program (eFellows).
  • Stimulate new economic growth and job creation by training postdoctoral researchers and students in the process of technology commercialization, making them more suitable for jobs in the $53B/yr biophotonics industry. 

Click the image above to see a brief overview of the EBI and it's mission.  Click to advance through slides.  Click on the gear symbol in the player to open the notes for the slides.

Recent Announcements

  • NSF Supplement to Organize the PFI:AIR-Research Alliances Grantees Workshop The EBI-2 program at UC Davis was invited to apply for, and was successfully awarded, an NSF grant supplement to organize the PFI:AIR-RA Grantees Workshop. The event ...
    Posted Mar 3, 2015, 3:42 PM by Gabriela Lee
  • EBI-2 Midterm Review The EBI-2 program underwent its midterm review at NSF in August 2014. The following attended the review meeting, to represent EBI-2: Dennis Matthews, PhD, PISteven Currall, PhD ...
    Posted Mar 3, 2015, 3:30 PM by Gabriela Lee
  • EBI-2 Receives NSF Supplement & Adds Projects EBI-2 received an NSF supplement to their main PFI:AIR-RA grant and added 2 industry partners: Agilent Technologies and Photometics. New collaborative projects enabled by this NSF supplement ...
    Posted Mar 3, 2015, 3:24 PM by Gabriela Lee
  • EBI-2 Board of Directors Meeting - March 2014 The EBI-2 Board of Directors met in Sacramento on March 31, 2014. The meeting included project updates, Med Zone project updates (Cary Adams, MedStart, and Meg Arnold, SARTA), a ...
    Posted Mar 3, 2015, 3:10 PM by Gabriela Lee
  • Innovation Ecosystems Symposium On September 25, EBI hosted the Innovation Ecosystems Symposium in Sacramento at the Shriners Hospital for Children.  The Symposium featured panels on roles in innovation ecosystems and on the handling ...
    Posted Oct 10, 2013, 11:46 PM by Cherie Goodenough
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