The Optical Society (OSA) praised the US National Science Foundation (NSF) for issuing a “Dear Colleague Letter” encouraging research proposals in the area of optics and photonics in Fiscal Year 2015. As stated in the letter, “It is a critical time for the National Science Foundation (NSF) to ensure support of fundamental research and disruptive optical technologies that will strongly benefit the nation’s scientific and economic health as well as its future workforce.”
Elizabeth Rogan, chief executive officer of OSA thanked the NSF for its continued support of this type of research. According to Rogan, with OSA’s headquarters in DC, the group’s ability to effectively demonstrate the value of optics and photonics to government audiences is greatly enhanced. OSA hosts leaders in government, industry and academia through OSA Incubator Meetings and through Optoelectronics Industry Development Association (OIDA) workshops. As a founding member of the National Photonics Initiative (NPI), OSA and NPI partners continue to showcase the significance and broad effect of the community’s research and development (R&D) efforts to NSF and other key federal agencies.