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Sponsorship Opportunities

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/3D program, there are two means of working with us:

  • Project sponsorships
    Individual projects are sponsored by lighting, LED, and 3D printing manufacturers, commercial users of LED lighting and 3D printing technology, and government. Projects range from basic science to application and demonstration to education.

  • ASSIST 3D Printing for Lighting Consortium
    The ASSIST 3D Printing for Lighting consortium was established in 2019 to understand the state of the art of AM and in particular its impact on the solid-state lighting, building, and construction industries.

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. The cost of individual projects is based on the required tasks, and the duration can be several months to several years, based on the project's scope.

Industry 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. Projects are common interest in nature, addressing industry-wide issues. Sponsors have the privilege to view all the results and discuss with the LRC directly.

SSL Project Sponsors

  • Auterra Inc./Applied Nanoworks
  • B/E Aerospace
  • Boeing
  • Bonneville Power Administration
  • California Energy Commission, Public Interest Energy Research Program
  • Corning
  • Evident Technologies
  • Federal Aviation Administration, Center for General Aviation Research
  • ICF/World Bank Group
  • Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
  • New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
  • 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
  • U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

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

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

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