University of Glasgow and SPIE announce $1M co-investment in quantum photonics

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and the University of Glasgow are launching the SPIE Early Career Researcher Accelerator Fund in Quantum Photonics.

The $500,000 gift from the SPIE Endowment Matching Program has been matched by an equal amount from the University of Glasgow.

SPIE cheque presentation

This latest announcement builds upon the University critical mass of excellent research and innovation in quantum technology, supported by institutional strategic investments and an impressive external funding portfolio from UK and international sources.

The SPIE Early Career Researcher Accelerator Fund in Quantum Photonics will support a diverse group of graduate students working in the field of quantum photonics and contribute to the development of the next generation of quantum technology researchers. The fund will create two new programmes:

  • SPIE Early Career Researcher in Quantum Photonics Scholarship
  • SPIE Global Early Career Research programme.

The SPIE Global Early Career Research programme, due to open for application in January, will support outgoing and incoming placements at and from the University as part of its ongoing collaboration with leading quantum-photonics research groups across the globe. It will be open to individuals conducting research in academic or industrial settings, adding a translational element to the scheme. Each year, the programme will pair several University of Glasgow early-career researchers with counterparts from outside laboratories and companies for six-month-long shared projects.

For updates on the application process and deadlines for the above schemes, follow the Centre for Quantum Technology Twitter @QuantumUofG.

First published: 29 September 2021