In early October, the Obama Administration announced a competition to award more than $200 million in public and private investment to create an Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation, led by the Department of Defense. This would be the next hub in the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation. On November 19, the federal government will host a Proposers Day in Arlington, VA, to provide further information about the concept and vision for the institute and its focus technologies.
Photonics – essentially the science of light – is used for a diverse array of technologies. It powers the internet and can be used in medical technologies for such applications as monitoring a patient’s bio information (such as blood sugar) and tiny cameras that can travel through arteries. As the White House’s Fact Sheet stated, this institute will “focus on developing an end-to-end photonics ‘ecosystem’ in the U.S., including domestic foundry access, integrated design tools, automated packaging, assembly and test, and workforce development.”
Deadline for registering for the Proposers Day is November 14. Find more information on prosposersday.org.