OIDA is a strong voice for the optoelectronics industry and regularly leads efforts with policy makers to raise awareness of the community’s contributions and key areas of concern. OIDA also facilitates relationship-building between its members and US government funding agencies.
OIDA encourages members to get involved in the science policy process. The following opportunities offer a way for you to make a difference.
National Photonics Initiative
In 2012, the US National Research Council released a report calling for a National Photonics Initiative (NPI) -- a partnership between government, academia and industry to focus attention and funding on photonics research and development.
Heeding the call, OIDA/OSA and four society partners brought together more than 100 experts to assemble recommendations to help guide US funding and investment in five key photonics-driven fields. New opportunities in these fields offer the potential for great societal impact in the next few decades.
Optics & Photonics Grants
An insider's look at the field's most noteworthy funding opportunities in easy-to-read summaries.
Regularly updated news briefs tracking important science policy issues that affect optics and photonics professionals.
Learn about policy issues and legislation affecting the STEM community, contact decision makers and sign up for updates and alerts from the Public Policy team.
Optics Legislative Network
A grassroots e-mail list designed for members who are interested in staying on top of science policy issues. Sent no more than six times per year, alerts inform Optics and Legislative Network (OLN) members of upcoming Hill visit opportunities, when to contact their legislators about important issues and recaps of science policy happenings in Washington, DC. Sign up today.
Capitol Hill Day and Congressional Visits Day
In the policy world, decision makers rely on outside experts to keep them informed on important issues. As a constituent and a professional in the science community you can participate in events that will help educate elected officials about the importance of optics and photonics, especially as it relates to science policy decisions.