Labs & Programs

CITRIS and the Banatao Institute - Labs and Programs

CITRIS Labs and Programs includes world-class labs, testbeds and research opportunities

Marvell Nanofabrication Laboratory

Located in the CITRIS headquarters building, Sutardja Dai Hall, the Marvell NanoLab is available to students, staff, faculty, and industry members to prototype a wide range of new biosensors, photonics devices, and other MEMS/NEMS sensors. The Marvell NanoLab provides more than 100 Principal Investigators and over 500 academic and industrial researchers a complete set of micro- and nano-fabrication tools. The NanoLab acts as a regional center for research, drawing use from fledgling entrepreneurs who need the lab to breathe life into their new ideas, as well as industry leaders such as Intel and HP that use the lab to explore new materials for advanced microelectronic devices.

CITRIS Invention Lab

The CITRIS Invention Lab, located on the UC Berkeley campus, provides faculty, students, and UC Berkeley community members with the knowledge, tools, and support needed to rapidly design and prototype innovative ideas. Resources consist of an array of traditional prototyping equipment that ranges from the basic craft tools to electronics workbenches, CAD stations, and professional digital fabrication machines. Lab staff provides additional guidance and support for design and equipment use. It offers a unique opportunity for researchers on all four CITRIS campuses to create, produce, and package a prototype that can be tested and ultimately pitched to potential users, customers, and investors.

CITRIS Foundry

The CITRIS Foundry is an innovation incubator that helps UC innovators and entrepreneurs refine their ideas, raise funding, and choose a market strategy. Since 2013, CITRIS Foundry has helped more than 150 campus entrepreneurs launch technologies and companies that are shaping the future. Our year-long program specializes in helping founders make the leap from science to startup. The Foundry provides access to design, manufacturing & business development tools, along with a community of entrepreneurs and experts to transform entrepreneurial teams into founders.

CITRIS Aviation and UAV Facilities

CITRIS Aviation specializes in gathering scientific data using unmanned aerial vehicles, with the goal of developing practical solutions in the fields of agriculture and landscape ecology, as well as promoting the use and understanding of aerial data collection in the community. To that end CITRIS Aviation conducts mapping flights for various university research projects, and also offers drone training courses.

Seed Funding Program

Principal Investigators at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Davis Health, UC Merced, and UC Santa Cruz campuses can apply for seed funding that furthers CITRIS and the Banatao Institute research thrusts, strengthens connections among UC campuses, and catalyzes early-stage research that can lead to external funding.