Grant FAQ

What topics does this initiative address?

The Blue Ocean Program is wide open and seeks to address the photonics community-based innovative thinking related to current challenges in optical sensing. Submissions that are not based on optical sensing will not be eligible. Optical sensing problems and proposed solutions in markets from health care and bioscience to consumer products or industrial challenges are all welcomed.

What grant amounts are available?

Phase I grants are issued up to $10,000
Phase II grants are issued up to $100,000

How many awards will be funded?

Depending on the quantity of submissions, up to 10 Phase I grants and 2 Phase II grants will be awarded

Who is eligible?

Any individual or team of people may apply so long as they are not an Ocean Optics or Halma employee or relative of employees.

What criteria is used for judging submissions?

Grant recipients will be chosen using the following criteria:

  • Ability of the solution to change the world for the better
  • Scientific prowess
  • Out of the box thinking
  • Technical merit
  • Commercial viability

What is the anticipated schedule for the awards?

Applications for Phase I will be accepted through August 31, 2012.

Can I submit multiple proposals?

Yes! You can submit multiple applications. However, only one award will be issued per individual or team.

Are applicants outside the United States eligible?

Yes. Blue Ocean is an international program and we encourage applications from around the world.

How is intellectual property to be handled?

We respect the intellectual property of our recipients and ask that you do not submit confidential or proprietary information that you would not disclose publicly.

We do not assume a license to any ideas submitted and, likewise, there is no grant of Ocean Optics IPR as part of this program.

We will (on a case by case basis) consider Non Disclosure Agreements.

What are the reporting requirements for these grants?

If selected, a more detailed report describing your ideas and solutions will be required in order for you to receive full funding.

Does Ocean Optics pay F&A costs?

Ocean Optics prefers not to pay F&A costs and requests that grant funds provided go entirely to the direct costs of a project.  In evaluating applications, Oean Optics Inc. will give preference to projects that do not request/require F&A costs.  When an applicant has no alternative and the application content is deemed of significant interest to Ocean Optics we will allow no more than 10% of the total amount of the grant to go to F&A costs.

Who can I contact if I have questions about my grant application status?

You can direct communications to us here or via email at

Other rules

No purchase is necessary to submit an application or to receive a grant.

Ocean Optics is not responsible for any federal, state or local taxes or tax-reporting obligation that arise in connection with grants issued.

Read the Blue Ocean Terms and Conditions