SPIE International Day of Light Micro Grants

SPIE International Day of Light (IDL) Micro Grants

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.

Congratulations 2021 SPIE IDL Micro Grant Recipients

Our 2021 grant recipients include:

   • Abhiroop Chellu and Tampere University (Finland)

   • Caroline Reilly and the Univ. of California, Santa Barbara (United States)

   • Hafiz Saad Khaliq and the Information Technology Univ. of the Punjab (Pakistan)

   • Haini Zhang and Washington Univ. in St. Louis (United States)

   • Lauren Cooper and the Optics Society at the University of Michigan (United States)

   • Linhui Yu and the Wellman Ctr. For Photomedicine (United States)

   • Namita Bindal and the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (India)

   • Paul Woafo and the Univ. of Yaoundé I, Faculty of Science (Cameroon)

   • Shilanjoy Bhattarcharjee and the Univ. of Engineering and Management (India)

   • Siann Bester and Stellenbosch Univ. (South Africa)

   • Waleed Khan and Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology (Pakistan)

We look forward to their participation in the global celebration in May.



Applications for the 2022 cycle will open in the fall of 2021.

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

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

SPIE IDL Micro Grants are available to SPIE Members only. Membership must be active through 30 June of the application year.

Incomplete applications or events and activities that are not taking place during May of the application year will not be submitted for consideration.

A report to the Society on how the grant was used must be submitted by 31 July of the application year.

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