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. Qualifying not-for-profit 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. Some proposals may receive partial funding.
The key criteria in evaluation and ranking applications is the potential to impact the community and/or students and increase optics and photonics awareness.
Your application will be judged on:
- the potential to impact the community and students
- raise awareness and interest in optics and photonics
- clarity and structure of the project
- clear timeline and budget
Note: Applicants solely requesting funds for purchase of classroom equipment to support teaching may not be funded.
If a program has received an Education Outreach Grant twice in a period of 5 years, it can only apply for further support through a Sustaining grant, which will be for a maximum amount of $2,000. There is no limit to the number of times a program can apply for a Sustaining grant, but it will be in competition with all other proposals each time it applies. Requests for the Sustaining grants should use the same application form as the Education Outreach grants.
All materials (Outreach Grant Report (or survey) if applicable, online application) must be completed and submitted by 5:00 pm (Pacific Standard Time) on 31 January 2018.
Past winners may be eligible to apply again if you have fulfilled reporting requirements for any previous award. The application must show new activities beyond that upon which a previous award was used.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
All applicants will be notified of the results of their application by email in April or May.
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