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DOD Releases FFO to Establish $110M Integrated Photonics Manufacturing Institute

The Department of Defense (DOD) released a federal funding opportunity (FFO) to establish an Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation (IP-IMI). Administered by the Air Force Research Laboratory, the Integrated Photonics Institute will assist in developing an end-to-end photonics ecosystem in the U.S. and support photonics-focused research and development efforts across the country (see related Digest article). DOD requires a 1:1 match in private funds by the awardee – an over $220 million commitment from federal and private resources. Lead applicant eligibility is restricted to nonprofit organizations. However, applicants are encouraged to establish a regional consortium that includes members from academia, government and industry. Applications are due December 19. Read more »

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