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SPIE Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Activity Grants

SPIE EDI Activity Grants

SPIE believes that bringing together people from different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives will support innovation through a diversity of ideas and solve challenges faced by our world.

SPIE Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Activity Grants are competitive, high-impact grants designed to help organizations fund activities and events that promote the EDI program's mission. In 2021, SPIE awarded $6,290 to 13 organizations.

The 2022 Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Activity Grant cycle will open in the fall of 2021 .


Congratulations 2021 SPIE EDI Grant Recipients

The 2021 grant recipients include:

   • Cientificxs Feministas (Argentina)

   • B-PHOT Student Chapter (Belgium)

   • Univ.of Engineering & Management Chapter (India)

   • CICESE Student Chapter (Mexico)

   • Information Technology Univ. of the Punjab (Pakistan)

   • IRE SPIE Students Chapter (Ukraine)

   • National Technical Univ. “Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute” (Ukraine)

   • Univ. of Manchester Chapter (United Kingdom)

   • Monroe Community College Optics Club (United States)

   • SPIE Student Chapter Texas A&M (United States)

   • Washington Univ. in St. Louis (United States)

   • Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital (United States)

   • Women in Optics Chapter, Univ. of Arizona (United States)

We look forward to hearing about their individual initiatives and sharing their work with the broader SPIE community.


Application Guidelines:

  • Applications must include a projected event schedule and budget. 
  • The deadline to apply for the 2022 grant will be announced when the cycle opens.
  • Applicants will receive notification of their status in December 2021.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicant must have a current SPIE Membership active through 15 January 2022.
  • Applicant must be affiliated with the organization, Student Chapter, or company that is hosting the proposed event. 
  • Eligible activities include, but not limited to, support for events or speakers that raise awareness and deepen understanding of the multiple dimensions of equity, diversity and inclusion. Funds may be used to purchase software, promotional materials, supplies, refreshments, and more. 

Conditions of Grant:

  • Funding is to be made via bank wire transfer by 15 January, 2022. 
  • Recipients must complete a report of their activity by 1 December 2022. 
  • Abuse of the grant will result in future ineligibility. 

Tips for success:

  • Consider holding an event on dates of global significance such as International Women and Girls Day in Science (11 February) and LGBT STEM Day (18 November). Holding an event on these dates allows you to leverage the attention of the global community. 
  • Carefully craft your budget and consider what it might look like to involve other sponsors.