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SPIE International Day of Light Micro Grants

Apply for an SPIE International Day of Light (IDL) Micro Grant

Requirements for the 2019 grant cycle

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 2019 are now open.

   •  SPIE IDL Micro Grants are available to SPIE Members only. Membership must be active through 30 June 2019.

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

   •  Events or activities must take place during May 2019.

   •  The application must be completed and submitted by 5:00 pm (PST) 15 December 2018.

   •  Winners will be notified by 31 January 2019.

   •  A report to the Society on how the grant was used must be submitted by 31 July 2019.

Learn more and apply

Application Deadline: 15 December 2018


Only applications with events and activities highlighting the critical role that light plays in our daily lives and that are taking place during May 2019 will be submitted for consideration.

Incomplete applications or events and activities that are not taking place during May 2019 will not be submitted for consideration.

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


Congratulations 2018 SPIE IDL Micro Grant Recipients

Learn more about how these communities celebrated the first International Day of Light.

Our 2018 grant recipients include:

   • Martina Mrongovius and the Center for the Holographic Arts (USA)

   • Thouakesseh Jeremie Zoueu and Institut National Polytechnique Felix Houphouet-Boigny (Cote D'Ivoire)

   • Amar Deo Chandra and IISER Kolkata (India)

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

   • P.T. Ajith Kumar and Light Logics Holography and Optics (India)

   • Sarun Sumriddetchkajorn and the National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (Thailand)

   • Antigone Marino and the National Research Council (CNR) (Italy)

   • Angeles Camacho Rosales and the Optics and Photonics Society University of Southampton (United Kingdom)

   • Imrana Ashraf and Quaid-i-Azam University (Pakistan)

   • Anneke Erasmus and Stellenbosch University (South Africa)

   • Nancy Magnani and Summer School District #320 (USA)

   • Fang Ou and The University of Auckland (New Zealand)

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

   • Madison Rilling and Université Laval's SPIE Student Chapter (REPOL) (Canada)