Research and other projects supported by the Optoelectronics Fund

(all for a period of three years unless otherwise stated):

Institute of Ophthalmology, London.  Laser treatment of glaucoma.  (Two years from September 1975)


Imperial College of Science and Technology, London.  Research Fellowship in laser physics and non linear optics.  (Three years from October 1978)

Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh.  Research Fellowship in laser physics and non linear optics.  (Three years from October 1975)


University of Cambridge.  Vertebrate vision.  (One year from October 1979)

Tennent Institute of Ophthalmology, University of Glasgow.  Research into laser trabeculotomy.  (Three years from December 1980)

In addition, two thermographic scanners have been designed and developed for use at The Thermal Biology Research Unit, King’s College London and the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, Bath.  (The scanner at King’s College is now in use at The Cranfield Biomedical Centre)


University College, London.  Junior Research Fellowship in the mechanism of transmission of visual signals from retinal rods to bipolar and horizontal cells.  (One year from March 1981)

University College, London.  Junior Research Fellowship to extend techniques for elastic constant determination from acoustic microscope images.  (One year from October 1981)


University College Hospital, London.  Six month pilot study into the role of lasers in microvascular anastomosis.  (From October 1984)

University of Southampton.  Rank Chair in Infrared Science and Technology.  (Five years from January 1992)


International Commission for Optics - Fellowships.  The Funds provided grants of up to £5,000 per annum for 3 years to help fund individuals from developing countries working in the area of optoelectronics to come to the United Kingdom to further their studies.  (1994)

Electronics For All Kits.  The Funds have commissioned a series of  optoelectronics kits for use in secondary schools.  (1996)


Thesis Prizes.  The Funds awarded up to two annual prizes of £2,000 and £1,000 for PhD research theses in optoelectronics.  The research covered fundamental experimental or theoretical optoelectronic effects, including optical signal processing and physiological optics, or their applications in such areas as laser technology, displays, optical communications and astronomy. (1998-2002)

University of Cambridge.  Rank Chair in Optoelectronics in the Department of Zoology (5 years from 1999)

University of Oxford.  Rank Chair in Optoelectronic Engineering (5 years from 1997)


Lasers in Action.  Following the success of the Electronics for All kits,  the Funds commissioned a further 20 advanced kits for secondary schools. (1999)

Vacation Studentships.  The Funds awarded studentships to help research workers in Optoelectronics pay for appropriate assistance during University vacations. (1999 - 2008). This Scheme was reintroduced in 2015.


Rank Prize Lectures: Up to two lectures each year are sponsored to allow distinguished speakers to give keynote presentations at some of the annual meetings of prestigious scientific organisations.  (2007-present)

Optoelectronics College (OEC) - The Optoelectronics College was established to train and equip science teachers, through CPD, to enable their 12/13 year old pupils to conduct exciting optoelectronics experimental activities that are relevant, both to their curriculum and their everyday lives.  These activities are based on understanding how science can be applied in commonplace objects and how these work and include LCDs in TVs and laptops, LEDs, optical fibres and solar cells, with many school children being enthused to seek careers in science and engineering, including optoelectronics. It has been piloted in both Scotland and England.  The Scottish pilot was set up in 2008 and has trained more than 200 science teachers in over one third of Scottish secondary schools. The English pilot commenced in 2010 and has trained nearly 400 science teachers in over 350 schools. Support for these has been given by the Wolfson Trust, the Maurice Wohl Trust, The Hector Trust and the 1851 Royal Commission, The Wellcome Trust, the Institute of Physics, the MacRobert Trust and the Scottish Government.  Companies, such as Selex-Galileo, Cambridge Display Technology, e2v, Thorn Lighting and Thales UK and a defence laboratory, DSTL, have also made donations to support a number of schools.  Since 2014 the OEC is now being administered by the Association for Science Education (ASE). 



Lab in a Lorry. The Funds, in partnership with the Institute of Physics and the Schlumberger Foundation, provided Camera Optics and Medical Physics experiments for the scheme. Lab in a Lorry is an interactive mobile science laboratory staffed by practising scientists and engineers. The aim is to give young people aged 11-14 the opportunity to do experimental science in the way it actually happens; exploratory, accidental, informed by curiosity and intuition, but also bounded and guided by the experience and insight of practicing scientists. (2009/2011).

Photon Conferences.  A number of bursaries are available to enable students to attend these international meetings.  

University of Southampton Research Grant (Three years from 2011)

Porthcurno Museum. £7,500 to support an exhibition on Fibre Optics. (2016)