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Additional Opportunities

NSF SBIR Innovative Postdoctoral Entrepreneurial Research Fellowship (I-PERF)

  • With funding support from NSF, the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) recruits, trains, mentors, places, and funds, early career STEM Ph.D. recipients from underrepresented groups to participate in entrepreneurial activities and perform innovative research at NSF Phase II SBIR/STTR awardee companies.
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships are open to all fields in science and engineering funded by NSF within the current portfolio of active Phase II SBIR/STTR awardee companies.
  • Appointments are for one year.
  • The base stipend is $78,000 per year, plus optional individual health and life insurance, relocation and conference travel support, and professional development training in entrepreneurship.
  • Number of Fellowships available: 31
  • Deadline: Bi-monthly starting May 8, 2019, until filled.
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AIM Photonics Capabilities

The American Institute of Manufacturing of Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics) ( is a public-private-partnership that focuses the nation’s premiere capabilities and expertise to capture and mature critical manufacturing domestic capability for integrated photonics. The Institute’s mission is to seek to advance integrated photonic circuit manufacturing technology development while simultaneously providing access to state-of-the-art fabrication, packaging, and testing capabilities for small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs), academia and the government.

Research projects utilizing the AIM Photonics fabrication process technologies via multi-project wafer (MPW) runs should have an objective to bring a specific innovation to integrated photonics circuits and components or to demonstrate a new approach that uses integrated photonics as its differentiator. For proposals submitted to NSF and recommended for funding following merit review, the grantee’s cost of the chip may be discounted by 50% of the stated cost by AIM, based on available space on the MPW shuttle run. Test, assembly and packaging services may be discounted by 15% of the stated cost. Note that MPW shuttle runs at discounted rates are offered on a space-available basis only. It is recommended that the grantee check with AIM Photonics for run scheduling well in advance of the design due date.

For companies interested in applying for this opportunity, please reach out to your cognizant Program Director. Additional details about this opportunity can be found at