OSA partners with several other scientific, university and business organizations to achieve our common goal of advancing scientific research, education and innovation. These coalitions allow us to pool our resources, creating a stronger influence on policy makers, industry leaders and interested parties. Coalition activities include urging policy makers to strengthen investments in science research, education and innovation; staging annual Congressional Visit Days and; providing outreach and education materials for members of the public.
Below is a list of coalitions that OSA is a member of:
National Photonics Initiative (NPI) - is a collaborative alliance among industry, academia and government to raise awareness of photonics and the impact of photonics on our everyday lives; increase cooperation and coordination among US industry, government and academia to advance photonics-driven fields; and drive US funding and investment in areas of photonics critical to maintaining US economic competitiveness and national security. The initiative is being led by top scientific societies including the American Physical Society (APS), the IEEE Photonics Society, the Laser Institute of America (LIA), The Optical Society (OSA) and SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics.
Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) - is an alliance of over 130 professional organizations, universities and businesses united by a concern for the future vitality of the national science, mathematics, and engineering enterprise. CNSF supports the goal of increasing the national investment in the National Science Foundation's research and education programs in response to the unprecedented scientific, technological and economic opportunities facing the United States.
Energy Sciences Coalition (ESC) - is a broad-based coalition of organizations representing scientists, engineers and mathematicians in universities, industry and national laboratories who are committed to supporting and advancing the scientific research programs of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and in particular, the DOE Office of Science.
NIST Coalition - advocates for the laboratory programs within the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) that provide foundational research and material development for companies, academic institutions and other federal agencies. The coalition works to raise awareness among congressional leaders of the vital role fulfilled by NIST to drive American economic growth and job creation.
Physical Sciences Education Policy Coalition (PSEPC) - is a diverse group of scientific non-profit organizations that works to promote issues regarding all aspects of physical science education to benefit both students and teachers.
Coalition for National Security Research (CNSR) – is a broad-based alliance of industry, academia, scientific and professional organizations and non-profits committed to advocating for a strong Defense Science and technology enterprise.