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SPIE International Day of Light Micro Grants

SPIE International Day of Light (IDL) Micro Grants

Congratulations 2019 SPIE IDL Micro Grant Recipients

Our 2019 grant recipients include:

   • Nicholas Kochan and the University of Rochester (United States)

   • Jesús Carlos Alberto Obando Aguirre and Instituto de Luz Ambiente y Visión (Argentina)

   • Jean-Christophe Gauthier and Université Laval (Canada)

   • Laura Tobin and Ealaín Solas (Ireland)

   • Paul Woafo and the University of Yaounde (Cameroon)

   • Arymurti Santosa and Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS) (Indonesia)

   • Ben Hogan and the University of Exeter (United Kingdom)

   • Riley Logan and Montana State University (United States)

   • Perla Marlene Viera-Gonzalez and the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon (Mexico)

   • Natalia Mysko-Krutik and the Institute of Radiophysics and Electronics (Ukraine)

   • Frederik Van Acker and the Photonics Society of Ghent (Belgium)

   • Emma Pearce and the Imperial College (United Kingdom)

   • Audrey C. Brand and the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (United States)

   • Judith Donnelly and the St. Bernard School (United States)

Learn more about how the 2018 grant winners celebrated the first International Day of Light in their communities.


Requirements for an SPIE IDL Micro Grant

The International Day of Light is a global initiative highlighting to the citizens of the world the importance of light and light-based technologies in their lives, for their futures, and for the development of society. SPIE IDL Micro Grants will support local community events and activities that highlight the critical role that light plays in our daily lives.

The IDL Micro Grant review process is competitive. The maximum grant amount is $3,000 (USD) with many partial grants awarded each year.

Applications for grants celebrating IDL 2020 will open in the fall of 2019.

   •  SPIE IDL Micro Grants are available to SPIE Members only. Membership must be active through 30 June 2020.

   •  The grant application must highlight the critical role that light plays in our daily lives.

   •  Events or activities must take place during May 2020.

   •  The application must be completed and submitted by 5:00 pm (PST) 15 December 2019.

   •  Winners will be notified by 31 January 2020.

   •  A report to the Society on how the grant was used must be submitted by 31 July 2020.


Only applications with events and activities highlighting the critical role that light plays in our daily lives and that are taking place during May 2020 will be submitted for consideration.

Incomplete applications or events and activities that are not taking place during May 2020 will not be submitted for consideration.

Have questions? Need more information? Email us at IDLinfo@spie.org.