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Solid-State Lighting Sponsorship

As the leading university-based research center devoted to lighting, the LRC is committed to providing reliable and objective lighting information and evaluations. Many of the world's leading lighting companies, utilities, government agencies, and other industries work with us in this effort. These collaborations help us to conduct independent research and educational programs that advance the effective use of light.

Within the SSL program, there are two means of working with us:

  • Project sponsorships
    SSL projects are sponsored by lighting and LED manufacturers, commercial users of LED lighting, and government. Projects range from basic science to application and demonstration to education.

  • ASSIST program
    Established in 2002, ASSIST is a collaboration between researchers, leading manufacturers, and government. ASSIST’s mission is to facilitate broad adoption of solid-state lighting by helping to reduce major technical and market barriers.
SSL Project Sponsors
ASSIST Program Sponsors

Bonneville Power Administration

California Energy Commission
Public Interest Energy Research Program

Federal Aviation Administration
Center for General Aviation Research

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

ICF/World Bank Group

Current, Powered by GE
Hubbell Lighting
Seoul Semiconductor
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

How Sponsorship Works

Individual projects are funded by a single sponsor who works with LRC staff to identify project needs. LRC researchers typically develop a work plan with a list of tasks, then estimate the schedule and budget, to be approved by the sponsor. Once approved and contracted, LRC researchers execute the project. The sponsor has the privilege to discuss the results and conclusions with the researchers directly. Generally, the cost of individual projects can range from $100,000 and up based on required tasks, and the duration can be several months to several years, based on the project's scope.

ASSIST program sponsors work collectively with LRC staff to identify and prioritize projects based on available funding. LRC researchers subsequently prepare a work plan and budget for each selected project and execute the projects during that year. ASSIST projects are common interest in nature, addressing industry-wide issues. ASSIST sponsors have the privilege to view all the results and discuss with the LRC directly. Read more about ASSIST sponsorship

Past Project Sponsors

  • Auterra Inc./Applied Nanoworks
  • B/E Aerospace
  • Boeing
  • Bonneville Power Administration
  • Corning
  • Evident Technologies
  • Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
  • New York State Foundation for Science, Technology, and Innovation (NYSTAR)
  • NICHIA America Corporation
  • Optical Research Associates
  • Opto Technology, Inc.
  • RPC Photonics
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • United States Department of Energy

For information about becoming an ASSIST sponsor or commissioning a project, please contact:

Dr. N. Narendran, LRC Director of Research
Tel: 518-276-7176

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