SPIE Endowment Matching Program

Established in 2019 to increase international capacity in the teaching and research of optics and photonics

Sustained support

The SPIE Endowment Matching Program was established in 2019 to increase international capacity in the teaching and research of optics and photonics, and to date has provided nearly $4 million in matching gifts, resulting in more than $10 million in dedicated funds. The SPIE Endowment Matching Program supports optics and photonics education and the future of the industry by contributing a match of up to $500,000 per award to college and university programs with optics and photonics degrees, or with other disciplines allied to the SPIE mission.

Call for proposals

The 2023 SPIE Endowment Matching Program application process is now open! Read below for details on how to apply.

Funding details and requirements

  • Each endowment may be funded up to a maximum of $500,000, per institution, from SPIE funds
  • Funds will be managed by the benefitting institution
  • SPIE obtains naming rights for the endowed activity
  • A recipient institution may submit proposals for future funding cycles, but may not exceed the cumulative $500,000 funding maximum

Selection criteria

  • Institutions must be aligned with the SPIE educational mission
  • The proposing institution must demonstrate the ability and capacity to manage endowments
  • Proposals must increase institutional capacity; advance knowledge and understanding of optics and photonics; and/or increase synergies with other evolving markets and technical fields

Application process and timeline

Proposals must include a budget, metrics, and recipient selection process. Submit to outreach@spie.org by 30 April 2023.

Endowment recipients will be notified in September 2023.

First holder of SPIE Endowed Chair in Optical Sciences at Wyant College of Optics named

Matt Eichenfield, a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), has joined the University of Arizona’s Wyant College of Optical Sciences as the inaugural SPIE Endowed Chair in Optical Sciences. The $2 million endowed position was established with a $500,000 gift from SPIE that was matched by a factor of three with funds donated by Wyant College founding dean James C. Wyant and his family.

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