OSC Faculty & Researchers Invited to Submit Proposals for Optimax $10K Research Grant

    Date Posted: 
    Wednesday, November 3, 2021

    Optimax, an Industrial Affiliates Leadership Partner, is offering a $10,000 Optimax Grant for Research for their services to manufacture custom optical components. All faculty and researchers at the University of Arizona James C. Wyant College of Optical Sciences are invited to submit a proposal by January 15, 2022. Optimax appreciates the opportunity to collaborate with researchers to solve manufacturing and metrology problems and further develop innovative technologies.

    Optimax is one of America’s largest optics manufacturers with over 200 opticians. They manufacture prototype optical components for a wide variety of applications, including medical, semiconductor, solar, and aerospace to meet research needs.

    You can learn more about their capabilities at http://www.optimaxsi.com/

    To enable the selection of appropriate research for the grant, we ask that you submit a proposal (maximum two pages plus lens drawings) with the following format:

    1. Title Page:
      • Name, position title, phone, and email of principle investigator submitting the proposal
      • Number of students, post-docs, and any other researchers in your group
    2. Summary of your group’s research project
    3. Outline of the optical components you need, with specifications and estimated cost.
      • Contact Optimax to obtain a cost estimate by emailing sales@optimaxsi.com
      • Allow 3-4 weeks to receive your cost estimate.
    4. Identify any opportunity you may have for matching funds for the Optimax Grant for Research (provide title, PI, and funding agency of any such proposals.)
    5. Brief explanation of the impact and expected results of the experiments that will utilize the Optimax components you are requesting

    Proposals should be submitted to: Justin Walker, Associate Dean for Business Development and Administration, jwalker@optics.arizona.edu

    Proposals are due by January 15, 2022.

    The submissions will be compiled, then forwarded with recommendations to Optimax for final selection.  The grant winner will be announced at the Spring Industrial Affiliates Meeting.