About the Grants

We’re looking for innovative ideas that make the world a better place using optical sensing technology.

Does your proposal solve a problem by designing, creating, deploying and understanding the signals from optical sensors? We are open to all revolutionary sensing concepts and have the funding — up to $10,000 for proving concepts and up to $100,000 for developing those ideas into commercial opportunities.

Think of it as seed money that helps your idea take root.

Example Blue Ocean Grant Idea

With advances in digital technology, distributed sensors represent a brilliant way to generate data from many sensors in a network at the same time. Your proposal calls for the development of smart, low-cost sensors to be deployed in an agricultural region — providing ground truth information about crop health and other factors — to help improve yield and minimize the environmental effects of imprecise fertilization and irrigation.