UCF, along with photonics industry leaders, has made it to the final round to receive a $110 million grant from the Department of Defense, according to a release from UCF News and Information.

The grant, which is for an Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation, will help the researchers advance photonics research at a more than 150,000-square-foot advanced manufacturing facility set to open in Osceola County in 2016. UCF announced its entrance into the third round at last week's Board of Trustees meeting.

Partners for the aforementioned manufacturing facility, which will be managed by the International Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing Research, include Enterprise Florida, Novati Technologies Inc., MIST Center, the Florida High Tech Corridor, the Orlando Economic Development Commission, Osceola County and the State University System of Florida Board of Governors, according to the ICAMR website.

The grant requires the awarded to match the grant, according to the State Science & Technology Institute website, making the investment roughly $200 million. The Osceola facility will not serve as a factory so much as it will serve as a research and development site, said Christine Dellert, senior director for internal communications at UCF. The project partners with the UCF Office of Research and Commercialization as well as CREOL and the engineering department on campus.

The building, despite being in Osceola, will be staffed, at least in part by UCF faculty, Dellert said.


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