Slaughter and U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand all have thrown their political weight behind the SUNY Research Foundation proposal, and Slaughter in December wrote a letter to the Cuomo administration in Albany, pushing it to commit money to the plan.
In a statement Thursday, Slaughter said, "The strong industry and state support we've built for our bid to secure the federal Institute for Manufacturing Innovation gives our application the competitive advantage needed to compete and win."
The deadline for proposals to be submitted was March 31. The final selection is expected to be made in June.
Photonics, a cousin of optics, involves generating and controlling light waves and photons, the particles that make up light. And the optics and photonics industry has pointed to numerous applications with big potential economic impact, such as using light as a medical diagnostic and even treatment tool to better computer vision for more process automation in manufacturing to nano-photonic materials replacing the liquid crystal display and light emitting diode displays that are ubiquitous on phones, tablets, televisions and destktops.