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SPIE Education Outreach Grants Program

Deadline: January 31, 2018

SPIE is an international society advancing an interdisciplinary approach to the science and application of light. As part of its education outreach mission, SPIE provides support for optics and photonics related education outreach activities. The award process is competitive; applications are judged on their potential to impact students and increase optics and photonics awareness.

The key criterion in evaluation and ranking applications is the potential to impact students and to increase optics and photonics awareness. Applications are judged on:

  • Potential to impact a large audience
  • Raise awareness and interest in optics and photonics
  • Clarity and structure of the project
  • Clear timeline and budget

Amount: Approximately $81,000 is awarded annually. Grants are awarded on a sliding scale and average $3,000 per award. Some proposals may receive partial funding.

Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations such as universities, optics centers, science centers, primary and secondary schools, youth clubs, industry associations, and international optical societies are eligible for outreach activity support. STEM activities should have an optics or photonics component.

Link: https://spie.org/education/education-outreach-resources/education-outreach-grants

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