SPIE Endowment Matching Program, with $1 million in available funds, opens for 2023 applications

The endowment-matching program supports optics and photonics research and education with matching contributions of up to $500,000
31 January 2023
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Applications are now open for the 2023 cycle of the SPIE Endowment Matching Program.

The SPIE Endowment Matching Program was established by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, in 2019 in order to increase international capacity in the teaching and research of optics and photonics.

The program supports optics and photonics education — as well as the future of the industry sector — by contributing a match of up to $500,000 per award to college, institute, and university programs with optics and photonics degrees, or with other disciplines allied to the SPIE mission.

The original announcement was met with overwhelming support and, since its launch, the SPIE Endowment Matching Program has successfully funded ten major gifts to universities and institutes. To date, the SPIE Endowment Matching Program has provided nearly $4 million in matching gifts, resulting in more than $10 million in dedicated funds.

“Core to the SPIE mission is our dedication to giving back to our community,” notes SPIE CEO Kent Rochford. “With the SPIE Endowment Matching Program, we support established educators and young researchers alike; this is in addition to the annual scholarships that have been an integral part of SPIE’s community-support efforts from the beginning. SPIE Members should be very proud of the way this thriving program has been utilized, and I look forward to announcements of our future partnerships.”

The 2023 submission deadline is 30 April. Recipients will be notified in September.

For more information regarding the SPIE Endowment Matching Program — and to find out more about the application process — please visit our website.

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